Joy-Anna Duggar Faces “Greatest Fear” in This Scary Video

The countdown to a new season of Counting On is… well… on.

When this TLC favorite returns with new episodes on July 30, fans will go behind the scenes of Joy-Anna Duggar’s first-ever birth.

If you’ll recall, she and husband Austin Forsyth welcomed a very large boy named Gideon into their world in February, just about 39 weeks after they got married.

It was a blessed occasion for the newlyweds, of course, who announced the addition to their immediate family as follows:

“We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth.

“Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are both so thankful.”

But while this event took place months ago, viewers Counting On will have a chance to relive it in a few weeks.

Indeed, Joy-Anna’s frightening labor and birthing experience will be featured on the first new episode of this summer.

“As we get closer to the birth I think there’s a lot of emotions, somewhat nervous. A little scared,” Joy-Anna says a sneak peak obtained and published by People Magazine.

As is the case for all Duggar women, Joy-Anna had originally planned home birth.

However, after being in labor for more than 20 hours, her midwife determined the baby was breech. Hence, the need for an emergency C-Section.

That’s a serious surgery.

“Seeing my wife in pain, that was probably about the hardest,” Forsyth says in this clip.

“Having a C section is my greatest fear,” Joy-Anna says simply.

Thankfully, Gideon is a happy and healthy little boy.

Duggar has since shared a photo of the child, ignoring all the scandalous chatter over whether she and Austin had a shotgun marriage because she got pregnant while engaged.

As for what else fans can expect from new installments of Counting On?

– A look at Josiah Duggar’s courtship with Lauren Swanson.

– Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s honeymoon and subsequent pregnancy announcement.

– Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo’s exciting reveal that she’s expecting her first child with husband Jeremy Vuolo.

“There’s never a dull moment in our family,” Jessa Seewald has said.

And this is true.

Love the Duggars or find their lifestyle appalling, this is definitely true.

Prepare to actually see the moment this summer when Josiah proposed to his now-wife as well, with Josiah and Lauren Swanson having only just gotten married.

“This is definitely the time and she is definitely the one. I’m just hoping I can say everything right,” he says above, before the trailer teases the exact moment when he gets down on one knee.

Counting On returns July 30 on TLC.


Joy-Anna Duggar & Kendra Caldwell: Check Out Our Matching Babies!

Folks, a full-on Duggar baby boom is in effect.

In case you’ve been having trouble keeping up with all the births, pregnancies, and rumored pregnancies, here’s a brief rundown.

Back in February, Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child, a boy named Gideon Forsyth.

Earlier this month, Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar welcomed their first, a boy named Gideon Duggar.

The upside of so many births taking place in such rapid succession is that the kids will never want for companionship as they grow up.

The downside, however, is that these babies better enjoy being the center of attention while they can!

Currently, Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child, and there have been rumors that Jill Duggar is pregnant with her third.

By our estimation, the planet will be roughly 73 percent Duggar by the time you finish reading this sentence.

We kid, of course.

It’s a wonderful thing that the Duggars are welcoming so many bundles of joy these days.

And, of course, fans get to share in the baby bliss thanks to photos like the one above.

That’s Joy on the right and Kendra on the left, both with G-named babies in arms.

Now, we’re sure there are parents of newborns who are currently zipping down to the comments to inform us that there’s a world of developmental difference between a four-month-old and a two-week-old baby.

But what seems like a chasm now will be a microscopic fissure for most of the boys’ lives.

In all likelihood, Gideon and Garrett will be in the same grade at the same school.

(We suppose it’s possible that their parents might relocate, but we all know Jim Bob bribes his kids to stay in Arkansas.)

For the most part, it seems that the new generation of Duggars will be maintaining tradition by sticking close to one another and raising cousins like siblings.

Of course, it seems that in some ways, they’re already doing things their own way.

For example, Kendra gave birth in a hospital, instead of at home with a midwife, as is customary for Duggars.

If you think that doesn’t sound like a big deal, clearly you don’t remember the uproar when Jinger started wearing pants.

These people aren’t exactly huge embracers of change.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Joy-Anna Duggar Rocks Short Skirt, Shocks Fans

These days, much attention is paid to the “rebel Duggars” – those offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle who have rejected some of the more asinine rules that characterized their ultra-strict upbringings.

But there’s a contingent of the family’s loyal basis that’s far more interested in the stories of Duggars like Joy-Anna, who have eagerly adhered to just about every single aspect of the fundamentalist belief system with which they were raised.

These fans saw their faith tested with reports that Joy-Anna got pregnant before getting married to Austin Forsyth, but most have stood by her side and dismissed the allegations of premarital sex as unfounded rumors.

While her sisters have taken to wearing pants, sporting nose rings, and even flaunting temporary henna tattoos, Joy-Anna Duggar has mostly stuck to the conservative customs and traditions that have helped to make her family famous.

She married young, started a family right away, and for the most part, she adheres to the rules of the famous Duggar dress code.

Of course, while Joy might be a wife, mother, and Duggar first, she’s still a 20-year-old young woman.

Which means fans shouldn’t be shocked if she occasionally gives in to the temptation to show a little calf.

The above photo of Joy, along with her husband, Austin Forsyth, and son, Gideon, appeared on Instagram over the weekend.

“Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely bride! She never has ceased to amaze me with her character and love for our Savior!” reads a caption posted alongside the pic.

Joy and Austin share a joint Instagram account, so we’re gonna go out on a limb and assume he wrote that one.

Of course, it’s not the loving husband’s kind words that have captured fans attention but rather, Joy’s attire.

If you’re a longtime fan of the family, then you’re no doubt aware that Duggar women generally favor floor-length skirts made of heavy fabrics like denim.

The fact that Joy is sporting a just-below-the-knee hemline in a lighter fabric is being taken by many as an indication that she’s slowly parting ways with her family’s infamous dress code.

Of course, it’s worth noting that Joy is still adhering to the Duggar guidelines for “modest dress” here.

Jim Bob’s daughters are instructed to wear long skirts, but the preference for floor-length is the result of an abundance of caution.

Joy is still sticking to the rules here, but many fans think this pic signals the start of a slow move toward greater independence.

Comments on the photo have been mostly complimentary, which might be enough to nudge tomboy Joy toward taking a greater interest in fashion – even if that means disregarding some of her family’s famous guidelines.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family. 


Joy-Anna Duggar Talks Motherhood, Marriage: I Can’t Stop Smiling!

Duggar women are raised to believe that the primary reason they were put on this planet is to put more people on this planet.

It’s a central tenet of the “quiverfull movement” – of which the Duggars are devout adherents – that Christians should focus all their energy on the “be fruitful and multiply” passage of the Bible.

And it seems no Duggar female is more committed to testing the limits of her uterus than Joy-Anna Duggar.

Joy, you may recall, unveiled her sizable baby bump just three months after marrying Austin Forsyth.

The one event followed so closely on the heels of the other, that many began to suspect that Joy had gotten pregnant before her wedding, which would’ve been the stuff of scandal, as premarital sex is a major no-no for all Duggars.

(Yes, they’re not allowed to have sex at all before marriage, and once they’re hitched, they can only have sex for purposes of procreation. These folks have seriously antagonistic relationships with their genitals.)

We might never get a satisfactory resolution to the great debate regarding Joy-Anna’s “shotgun wedding,” but whatever the timeline, it seems the 20-year-old newlywed is loving every second of first-time motherhood.

Joy gave birth to her first child – a boy named Gideon – back in February, and ever since, she’s been gushing about the lad every chance she gets.

She posted the above photo to Instagram this week in order to mark the occasion of Gideon turning two months old.

“We love you Gideon!” Duggar captioned the pic.

“You make your dad and I smile SO much.”

It’s a pretty standard Duggar baby update, but in Joy’s case, it was greeted with more enthusiasm than usual.

Joy and Austin have both been uncharacteristically quiet on social media the past few weeks, and because Duggar obsessives scrutinize the family’s every move, some took it as a sign of trouble in paradise.

It turns out, however, that Joy and Austin have actually been busy spreading the word of how awesome their marriage is.

Yes, it seems the Forsyths have been doing something called “giving testimony,” which means they’ve been speaking to assembled groups of young folk about how marriage has brought them closer to God, or something.

We guess if there is an advantage to making people wait until they’re hitched to knock boots, that’s it:

They’re much more likely to feel that marriage is totally the best thing on the freakin’ planet.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.


Counting On Preview: Joy-Anna Duggar’s Pregnancy Fears Revealed

It's been less than one month since the latest Counting On season finale left fans clamoring for more of the TV's favorite fundamentalists.

Fortunately, the Duggar faithful won't have to wait very long for another round of pregnancies, courtships, and bizarrely specific dress codes

So what's in store for Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and the rest of the J-squad this time around?

Well, while most reality shows begin to show signs of age when they've been on as long as the Duggars have, there's certainly no shortage of drama in Tontitown.

The exact release date has yet to be announced, but TLC has confirmed that Counting On will be back sometime this summer.

And a new preview for the upcoming slate of episodes reminds us that as more of Jim Bob and Michelle's children enter adulthood, change is now the only constant in the Duggar family. 

The upcoming season will address such matters as the pregnancy of Joseph Duggar's wife and the courtship between Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson.

But it's the scenes focusing on Joy-Anna Duggar that have really captured the interest of fans.

As you've likely heard, Joy-Anna welcomed her first child back in February, but because of production lag times, the final months of her pregnancy will be featured on the upcoming season.

And it looks as though there were some frightening complications that are just now being revealed to the public.

Check out the preview below to see what's in store and watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for the summer premiere


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Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: Dark Relationship Secrets Revealed (Exclusive)

Earlier this week, reports that Austin Forsyth had behaved abusively toward his wife, Joy-Anna Duggar, made their way across the social media landscape.

The allegations were based primarily on what Counting On fans had witnessed both on the show and in web exclusives posted by TLC.

To be clear, Austin has not been accused of physically abusing Joy-Anna, but viewers who claim they’re able to recognize the signs from firsthand experience say that Austin has repeatedly demonstrated behavior that’s typical of men who perpetrate emotional and verbal abuse.

A former employee of the Duggars who spoke exclusively with The Hollywood Gossip tells us that many who know the Forsyth family best would not be the least bit surprised to learn that Austin is sometimes overly-harsh in his interactions with his young wife.

Our source claims that like Joy, Austin was raised in an extremely strict household.

And it seems the harsh lessons he learned from his overbearing father may have irreparably damaged the young man’s views on relationships:

“His father governs everything that he does, from cutting cows to doing whatever,” the source tells THG, adding that Terry Forsyth offered his son a bizarre ultimatum when Austin requested permission to begin courting Joy:

“He couldn’t date Joy-Anna until he flipped five houses,” the insider says. “Austin had to flip and sell five houses before he’d be allowed to date.

“He went to his dad, and he said, ‘What do I need to do?’ and his dad said, ‘You need to flip five houses before you can court.'”

Though Austin was already a grown man at the time, such parental demands are not entirely uncommon in the Duggars’ world, a place where there’s no such thing as casual dating, and courting is viewed as a prelude to marriage.

However, like the man himself, Terry’s request of his son was viewed as unnecessarily harsh.

But even before he set such a difficult challenge before Austin, Terry was something of a controversial figure around the Springdale, Arkansas community:

“Terry, he’s on his second marriage, and I still haven’t figured this one out yet, he’s an officer in Paul [Caldwell]’s church, and you can’t be an officer in the church if you’ve been divorced,” the source tells us.

“Austin is a prime candidate for mental abuse, because I’m sure he’s been totally mentally browbeat.”

The insider elaborates:

“I guarantee [Joy] is at his beck and call. To me, she really has no life with Austin. She’s just gonna be a baby factory.”

Fortunately, the source says, Joy is so highly-regarded in her hometown, that if Austin ever crosses the line into physical abuse, he’ll pay dearly.

“If he does abuse her in any way, there won’t be nowhere he can hide,” the informant tells us.

As for the question of whether or not Joy got pregnant before marriage, our source says those who know the couple best believe there’s a distinct possibility those rumors are true.

“She’d been alone with him several times. They got caught several times,” says the tipster.

“I caught them kissing outside the garage door one night. They were standing in this little area where the cameras weren’t, and she went up and kissed him.

“I yelled out, ‘What’s going on over there?’ I mean to tell you, they ran like scared rabbits,” our source says.

The insider continued:

“About an hour later I was in the garage, and Austin came up to me and said, ‘We’re only human, you know.’

“I said, ‘I know you’re human. But when you make rules, you need to follow them.'”

On the question of whether or not Joy and Austin broke the rules of courtship in more serious fashion, the insider says:

“She may have had sex before they were married.

“She ain’t no sexpot, don’t get me wrong, but she was ready to be married.”

Asked for a final impression of Austin, our source said simply:

“He doesn’t have a backbone. He doesn’t have a whole lot of common sense.”

It sounds like Austin should have no trouble getting along with some of Jim Bob’s other sons-in-law.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.


Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth Head to Therapy Amidst Abuse Claims

It’s only been less than a year since Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth, but it seems the newlyweds are already experiencing some rough patches.

Earlier this week, for example, accusations that Austin had abused Joy made their way across social media.

Now, the Forsyths are reportedly addressing their issues head-on with a trip to a marriage counseling retreat.

Of course, the Duggars don’t believe in traditional forms of therapy, so Joy and Austin’s options are limited.

Any help that they seek must be rooted in their religious beliefs, and they’re obligated to keep it all in the family for secrecy’s sake.

As a result, the young couple is pushing conflict of interest concerns to the side and seeking help at a retreat hosted by Austin’s parents.

”Getting some work done at camp. We have the Spring Marriage Retreat coming up on April 20-22, come hear Austin and I share our testimony,” an ad on the Forsyth’s website reads.

The retreat promises “powerful truths from scripture encouraging couples to strive for a marriage the way God designed it to be….Coupled with team building activities, and humorous games, these 2 night, 3 day events are perfect for rekindling, reviving and renewing any love story!”

It sounds like pretty lighthearted stuff … and perhaps that’s the problem.

Joy and Austin aren’t looking to rekindle the flame ahead of their silver anniversary.

These are two very young people who didn’t get to spend any time alone together until their honeymoon, and who welcomed their first child almost exactly nine months after tying the knot.

Now the difference in their personalities is abundantly clear to fans, and it’s reached the point where Austin’s constant annoyance with Joy’s childlike personality has allegedly pushed him into verbal abuse territory.

Unfortunately, they live in a world where even if they decided they’re both miserable and horribly ill-suited for one another, divorce is simply not an option.

Joy and Austin don’t need trust falls and couples archery; they need real treatment for a licensed therapist.

Unfortunately, that sort of thing simply doesn’t fly in Duggar Land.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Austin Forsyth Accused of Abusing Joy-Anna Duggar

It’s been nearly one year since Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth, but fans are just now getting a glimpse at the couple’s relationship dynamic thanks to the most recent season of Counting On.

And many viewers don’t like what they’re seeing.

As In Touch Weekly points out, fans on Reddit’s Duggar-related message boards believe that Austin has demonstrated signs of abusive and controlling behavior in his interactions with Joy.

“I think Austin is a creep. I really think he is at the very least emotionally abusive,” writes one viewer.

“He seems super controlling and Joy just looks to him for answers to everything.

“She is so used to obeying her parents without question, and being so young and brainwashed makes her so vulnerable to domestic abuse.”

The same fan goes on to accuse Austin of taking advantage of Joy’s indecisive nature.

“She was so indecisive with wedding details and seems like a really naive little girl. Austin just gives off dark vibes to me on the YouTube clips — thoughts?”

Another fan agreed with the assessment, pointing out that the Duggar women are especially vulnerable to abuse due to the fact that they’re taught from a young age to be fully subservient to the men in their lives.

“He’s a 100% in the right place to be at least emotionally abusive since Joy does not have a mind of her own and always looks to him whenever they are asked a question.

“Plus she’s only 20 and a lot less knowledgeable (and she acts it too) than he is.”

Another adds, “I can see him being abusive to his Gideon and the rest of his future kids for sure because of the Pearl tips.”

The last comment refers to the controversial child-rearing methods espoused by Debi and Michael Pearl.

The Pearls advocate “blanket training” and other disciplinary techniques that involve using objects to strike children as young as 6 months old.

Austin’s family recently hosted a seminar from the Pearls, and Joy and Austin are on record as supporting their controversial views.

However, some fans think this is simply a case in which Austin is being condemned as a result of his personality, not his actions.

Duggar children are taught to keep smiles on their faces at all times, and thus, when someone with a slightly less giddy demeanor arrives on the scene, they might seem disgruntled by contrast.

“I think he’s a very serious and cold person, which can give off the wrong impression initially,” remarks one Reddit user.

“I personally don’t believe he would ever hit Joy (although he does believe in the Pearl training method, which is a type of physical abuse), but I definitely can see him belittling/talking down to her if he gets annoyed or she does something he doesn’t like.”

Another echoed that sentiment, suggesting that Austin may simply not be as comfortable on camera as his in-laws:

“No I don’t, I think he’s just very guarded as he hasn’t been around the cameras for anywhere near as long as the Duggars so isn’t comfortable and hasn’t let his guard down yet,” the user wrote.

Yes, Austin certainly behaves very differently than the Duggars – but the jury’s still out on whether that’s a breath of fresh air or cause for concern.

Watch Counting On online to decide for yourself.


Joy-Anna Duggar Confesses: My Parents’ Religion Is Too Strict!

Back in May of 2017, Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth.

Just nine months later, Joy welcomed her first child.

Needless to say, at just 20 years old, Joy is already eagerly following in the footsteps of her mother and older sisters by devoting her life to marriage and motherhood in accordance with her family’s religious views.

But it seems she wasn’t always thrilled with the prospect of keeping the faith.

In a newly released preview of tonight’s episode of Counting On, Joy is seen giving a heartfelt speech the rehearsal dinner for Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s wedding.

It seems Joy and Joe share a special bond, and he helped through an extraordinarily difficult period in her youth.

As she reveals in her speech, Joy had some serious doubts about the religious beliefs that shaped her upbringing, and Joe was both a guiding light and a source of love and support during this uncertain time.

“I can’t speak and cry. It’s terrible. First of all I want to say that Joe, I’m so thankful for you,” Joy says in her speech.

“You really did change my life.”

Joy goes on to reveal that her crisis of faith made her feel like an outsider at times, and Joe was always quick to remind her that she still belongs:

“Just through my teen years, I think I was having a hard time taking my parents’ faith as my own and you really befriended me as an older brother, and [were] the first in the morning to say ‘I love you’ and ‘What are you going to do today?’ and stuff like that,” she says.

“It just really meant a lot to me.”

It doesn’t sound like Joy ever fully abandoned her parents’ belief system or explored other faiths, but this is the first time that one of Michelle and Jim Bob’s children has admitted to harboring doubts about the beliefs that dominate all aspects of life in the Duggar home.

It’s a reminder that Joy once seemed to be the Duggar most likely “break away” and pursue a life far from her parents’ home that looked very different from the environment she was raised in.

A tomboy who seemed more interested in sports and the outdoors than marriage and family, Joy seemed to have little interest in pursuing the life that had been assigned to her at birth.

Needless to say, these days she’s given up the struggle and seems happy in her pious, domestic life she’s built for herself.

Her parents are likely thrilled – but it’s a disappointing turn of events for many Duggar fans.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Joy-Anna Duggar: Look at My Precious Son!!!

There have been a lot of questions surrounding the pregnancy of Joy-Anna Duggar.

Foremost among them?

Did the strict Catholic get pregnant before marriage?

This rumor continues to make the Internet rounds simply based on math and logic.

Considering the timing of Duggar confirming that she was engaged to Austin Forsyth last year… and then the confirmation that she was married and … then pregnant, an act that she says took place during the couple’s honey moon…

… many fans have been wondering whether this timeline adds up.

Might Joy-Anna and Austin have not just broken the strict Duggar courtship rules that require essentially no physical contact prior to marriage, but utterly destroyed them?

Could they have engaged in premarital sex?!?

We’ll likely never know for certain, but there’s at least one question no one out there is asking.

There’s no debate circulating around son Gideon himself, who was born to Joy-Anna and Austin in late February.

The little guy is simply angelic, full stop. Case closed.

To hammer this precious point home, Joy-Anna shared the above photo on Instagram over the weekend.

As you can likely surmise, it features Gideon on his one-month birthday, a milestone that would cause any parent to sit back and reflect.

“Time sure does fly! It’s hard to believe Gideon is already 1 month old!,” wrote his famous mother as a caption, adding the hashtag #GideonMartynForsyth.

The reality stars shared the following snapshot of their first-born shortly after he entered the world and continue to also share their journey to parenthood each week on new episodes of TLC’s Counting On.

“We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth,” the couple said in a statement upon telling universe that their baby was here.

He measured 22 inches long and weighed a massive 10 pounds, three ounces when he was born.

(Editor’s Note: That is one HUGE baby! We’re oh so very sorry, Joy-Anna.)

Added the Forsyths at the time:

“Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are both so thankful.”

The couple was married for 39 weeks prior to becoming parents, claiming, as mentioned above, that they had sex for the first time the night of their wedding and got pregnant during this same act.

Which is certainly conceivable.

But you can understand why a handful of social media users out there are skeptical.

Gideon, meanwhile, marks the 10th grandchild in the Duggar family… and the eighth boy.

To date, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard have only given birth to boys; while Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar’s poor wife, is the only family member who has given birth to girls.

(She’s also the only family member married to an admitted child molestor.)

Looking ahead, the Duggars are expecting two more grandchildren this year, as Kendra Caldwell Duggar and Jinger Duggar Vuolo are both pregnant. 

Jinger has not revealed if she will be having a boy or a girl, but Kendra has told fans she is expecting a son.

You can click on the above photo gallery to get to know Joy-Anna a little better.

And on the video below to get to know her son a little better.

He’s so very cute!