Josiah Duggar: Adorably Obsessed with Lauren Swanson

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are clearly enamored with each other.

As they push the boundaries of what’s allowed for their courtship, Josiah can’t stop gushing about how much he adores Lauren.

Fans can’t get enough of these two.

For the longest time, fans worried that Josiah Duggar would never court the right girl.

He’s 21-years-old and while, in real life, that’s a normal age to focus on being a person, in the Duggar fertility cult, he’s practically an old maid — he’s expected to settle down and get married.

Now Josiah is in a courtship with Lauren Swanson, with whom he’s been friends for years. Their easy comfort with each other is winning over fans.

It’s also creating “problems,” only by Duggar standards, because Duggar courtship rules, but we’ll get into that in a moment.

Just look at Josiah’s latest post on Instagram. He really can’t stop gushing about Lauren.

Lauren Swanson Josiah Duggar Facetime

Josiah Duggar captioned this photo, a still of his FaceTime with Lauren:

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always been a talker. But now I love being a listener, too. [red heart emoji] #facetimewiththebest”

One has to imagine that courtship rules require a chaperone even for Facetime.

Those of us who live in the real world instead of in the Handmaid’s Tale LARP into which the Duggar children are born know that live video chats can be used for conversations of a very adult nature.

Still, they can have sweet conversations with each other and grow even closer. … With supervision.

We mentioned that there were “problems” with this relationship, from a certain point of view.

As much as fans and viewers enjoy seeing Josiah so happily besotted with Lauren Swanson, it appears that Josiah and Lauren may have broken some courtship rules.

The couple has been spotted appearing to push the limits of what the Duggars allow.

Brace yourselves for this rollercoaster of illicit carnal transgressions, folks:

-Hand-holding (gasp!)

-Faces close enough that they could almost be kissing but are not kissing (no!)

-Front-hugging, also known as the devil’s embrace

While it seems like none of these scandalous violations are enough to get Josiah sent to the same “counselors” that Josh Duggar has seen, it looks like the easy affection between these two is testing the limits.

Of course, there may be a reason that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar might be less horrified than usual by Josiah and Lauren’s closeness, and it’s not just because the two have been friends for ages.

See, news of this courtship caused old gay rumors about Josiah to resurface.

The rumors largely had to do with his courtship with Marjorie Jackson and the unexplained ending of the courtship, weeks later. Most Duggars marry the first person they court.

So, was Josiah’s issue that he doesn’t like women?

Truth be told, the Duggars have a lot of children. Statistics and common sense can tell anyone that not all of them are straight.

Growing up among the Duggars, they’d be forced to hide and suppress their identities, and countless LGBT folks have done in countless homophobic societies for millennia.

But none of that means that Josiah is gay, or even bisexual. And given the environment in which the Duggar children live, trying to “out” one of them would be especially dangerous — whether it’s true or not.

So some wonder if Jim Bob looks the other way when Josiah and Lauren swoon over each other because he hopes that it quashes any gay rumors.

That doesn’t mean that he’ll let them break all of the courtship rules.

They’ll have to save things like actually-having-private-conversations and other things that people use to get to know one another until they’re actually married.

Most couples find that not knowing each other before the wedding is disastrous and it leaves to marriages that end sooner rather than later.

But the Duggars have a little secret trick that keeps their marriages going:

They don’t believe in divorce.


Rachel Lindsay: Lauren Burnham Will Win The Bachelor! Show’s Over!

The Bachelor’s coveted hometown dates begin tonight, with Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s final four women introducing them to their families.

According to one woman who’s been on both sides of this Bachelor milestone, however, three of them might as well not even bother …

… because Arie’s made up his mind. Show’s over. Go home. Turn out the lights, move along, nothing more to see here folks.

And Rachel Lindsay, last year’s star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, isn’t basing this on The Bachelor spoilers, either.

In Lindsay’s view, Lauren Burnham wrapped this thing up on last week’s episode, before the hometown dates even began.

The crazy part, Rachel writes, is not that Arie has an established favorite at this point, but that it’s her, in spite of red flags.

Many red flags. Like very red, and a lot of flags.

Rachel believes this is a major cause for alarm:

“There are a lot of new things that Arie and Lauren B. are experiencing together but one thing remains constant: the lack of communication.”

“This is surprising because [the] lovebirds are on this Italian adventure exploring a different country and one another for the first time.”

“Still, they have nothing to talk about.”

“Those are not red, white and green flags waving in the distance, those are red ones. Is it just me or is this not alarming?” she continues.

“Arie is again concerned about his relationship with Lauren B., as he should be. I, too, am worried that there is no depth in this relationship.”

Lindsay notes that Arie himself even admits that “he is trying so hard … harder than in any other relationship” to make it work.

Why, though? Is that part of the appeal of Lauren Burnham? “I wonder: is this love, infatuation, or just the hard-to-get challenge of it all?”

Even when she did open up, “she only says she is falling in love with her words because there is absolutely no emotion in her face.”

His response? “Arie gets up and walks away.”

“We never get the full answer of why he does this, but my best guess is that he is overcome with so much emotion that she is falling for him.”

What the heck is going on with these two!?

Rachel’s theory on what happened?

“I personally think he took a moment to run off, jump for joy, click his heels together in the air, and scream with delight into the night.”

“He comes back to her and says all of the following without hesitation: ‘I want it so bad for us.’ He is falling ‘deeply’ in love with her.”

“Ummmm, excuse me for two seconds. What did Arie just say? All further dates will be painful and pale in comparison to this one.”

“That’s it! Show is over … there is nothing more to see here. He literally just told Lauren she is the one and everyone else is a placeholder.”

Yup, that was it, says Rachel: “Arie is on Cloud 9 with Lauren B. while the other women are looking up at them from their hotel rooms.”

“I would be so upset if I were the other girls watching this at home. In hindsight, it is too bad they all couldn’t have the foresight Jacqueline did.”

Crazily, Lindsay may be right … but:

If you believe The Bachelor spoilers, Arie’s final rose winner and the person he is with right now are not the same person.

That’s all we’re going to say about that here, but how’s that for an epic twist in the making as the home stretch begins?!


Lauren Burnham: Engaged TWICE Before The Bachelor!

As The Bachelor spoilers predicted, the lovely Lauren Burnham has become one of Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s favorite’s this season.

What the spoilers hadn’t told us before now is that she has a romantic history much more complicated than she’s letting on …

The blonde beauty is obviously striking, but what strikes a lot of fans is how little she’s opened up on her last two dates with Arie.

Her apparent reluctance to let her guard down was even more notable after Arie surprisingly said he’s falling in love with her.

Keep in mind that hometown dates haven’t taken place yet and this is one of four women we may see Arie Luyendyk engaged to.

So what is it about Lauren that captivates him so? And why does she seem hesitant to reveal much of anything about herself?

Well, there’s the matter of her engagements. Plural.

Despite all the attention paid to Bekah Martinez‘s age (22), Lauren Burnham is just 25. Yet she already has a pair of ex-fiances.

She confessed that she’s been engaged before, but The Bachelor producer Rob Mills says there’s more to the story than that.

“We will find out on her hometown… she’s actually been engaged twice,” he said, teasing Arie’s trip to Virginia Beach next week.

According to Bachelor spoiler god Reality Steve, she was engaged to her high school sweetheart, then to hockey player Chris Crane.

The couple split in 2016 and not on good terms.

According to Mills, Arie senses that there’s something under the surface with her, which is why he revealed his ex-girlfriend’s miscarriage:

“That’s what was so interesting. He chose Lauren to tell that story to, not Chelsea [Roy]. That would be the person to tell it to, the single mom.”

“No, he tells Lauren. It was like, let me tell you the darkest, most personal story that’s ever happened to me just to pull something out of you.”

“It was mildly successful.”

Some fans theorize that Burnham’s physical resemblance to former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard might be a factor here as well.

“Someone said Arie is so hung up on Lauren B because she looks like Emily and I’m so shook right now,” one fan tweeted.

“Honestly the torch Arie is holding for Emily is embarrassing at this point,” another said, wholly convinced this is the case.

“Especially since there were so many other blondes with great jaw structures he could’ve kept around instead of Lauren B.”

“This is nonsense.”

It is nonsense … that anyone believes that. He may have a type (gorgeous blondes), but we doubt he’s still hung up on Ems.

All we know for sure at this point is that he’s completely smitten with her, and that everyone else is on the outside looking in.

Becca Kufrin, Kendall Long and Tia Booth are still in the running, but have their work cut out to make the overnight dates.

Lauren looks like a lock.

Whether or not she should be – and whether Arie should be concerned about her two failed engagements – is another story.

What will he learn in Virginia and how will that change his mindset going forward? Will she finally open up to him for real?


Josah Duggar GUSHES About Lauren Swanson!

It’s been barely over a week since Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson confirmed that they’re courting.

Though this is not Josiah’s first courtship — which is practically scandalous for the Duggars — the couple already seems to be over the moon about each other.

In fact, Josiah seemingly can’t stop gushing about Lauren. Which is very sweet … though some fans wonder if it’s an act.

Josiah Duggar is in a courtship with Lauren Swanson, a longtime friend of the Duggar family who is the oldest of eight children.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are eager for all of their offspring to start churning out fundamentalist babies — who, like their parents, are supposed to be nearly-mindless clones of Jim Bob Duggar in terms of beliefs and lifestyle.

But they only want their children making babies … or having sex … or kissing … or “front-hugging” (hugging like a normal person) … or even spending one-on-one time with each other under the auspices of marriage.

That’s what courtship means to the Duggars. It’s not just a whimsical word for dating, it’s a path to marriage.

For the Duggars, it’s a means of ensuring that they can control every facet of their children’s lives until they’re married off to someone whom Jim Bob and Michelle hope will keep them “honest.”

But though that might sound like the Torment of Tantalus to most of us, Josiah appears to be loving every minute of it. Just look at these photos he shared from the family’s trip to New Zealand.

In addition to the cozy photos, of what we imagine was a long walk on a New Zealand beach, Josiah used the captions to shower Lauren with affection.

“I’m really enjoying the beauty in New Zealand.”

And then a heart-eyes emoji.

“Oh, and the landscape is pretty nice too I guess.”

That line is followed by a winky-face emoji.

Finally, Josiah tags the post “#mygirl #lauren.”

When most people envision long walks on the beach, they don’t really picture a chaperone along to make sure that they obey courtship rules that would have seemed shocking even during the Middle Ages.

The family may be keeping an extra close eye on Josiah, in part because apparently Josiah and Lauren have been caught breaking courtship rules.

Holding hands (the devil’s grabbers!). Hugging from the front (the devil’s embrace!). Even kissing (the devil’s … kiss? I don’t know).

Of course, what’s characterized as a hug could simply be Josiah helping Lauren up and down or keeping her from falling.

But for two touch-starved people living in a cult that denies them their basic humanity? Touching each other’s arms while facing each other is like, third base.

Of course, while we’re happy for Josiah at the idea that he might attain some freedom from his parents’ controlling clutches, we should acknowledge that some fans worry that this is all a front.

See, Josiah has been followed by gay rumors for a while, and they’ve naturally resurfaced following the news that he and Lauren are courting.

The gay rumors started when Josiah ended his last courtship — for the Duggars, that’s tantamount to divorce. (Which, for the Duggars, would also be shocking)

Right after the breakup (is it still called a breakup if they weren’t doing what anyone would consider “dating?” Right after the split), Josiah was shipped off to one of the IBLF’s “training programs.”

Plenty of Duggars go through training (we’ve spoken about the Duggar family church in detail and what ex-members have to say), but the Duggars are known for shipping their kids off to scary cult programs if they show the slightest hint of, you know, being a sexual being.

Some fans wonder if he was caught in what might be considered a gay situation.

Even if the breakup was Duggar-ordered, though, it may be that Josiah was doing something else.

If he were caught masturbating, his parents might have decided that their son wasn’t ready for marriage or courtship (too overstimulating, tempting him to sin, etc) and shipped him off for more cultish lessons.

Now, with 19 kids, plenty of fans figure that at least a couple of the Duggar children have to be gay or bi.

Maybe so (and we wouldn’t wish a Duggar childhood on anyone, least of all an LGBT child), but jumping to conclusions because one guy ended a courtship and sometimes wears pastels is a bit of a stretch.

Just because he’s gushing about Lauren doesn’t mean that he’s trying to cover up his true feelings.


Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson: Caught Breaking Courship Rules ALREADY?!

It’s only been two weeks since we first learned that Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are courting, but it seems the couple is already moving awfully fast.

Like, so fast his parents are probably about to spray them with a garden hose.

As you probably know, the Duggars follow a strict set of rules when it comes to the process of courting, which they describe as “datint with a purpose.”

That “purpose,” of course, is getting married and siring a small army of fundamentalist children.

As such, all forms of pre-marital hanky-panky are strictly prohibited.

But the Duggars don’t just forbid sexual intercourse.

No, they prohibit unmarried couples from engaging in just about any form of physical contact, including hand-holding and “front-hugging.”

(Courting couples are permitted to engage in brief “side-hugs,” which have been sanctioned by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as they don’t involve any chest-to-chest or genital-to-genital contact. Seriously.)

For obvious reasons, the Duggars have had trouble enforcing these rules in the past.

For example, despite the fact that their dates were all chaperoned, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth admitted to breaking courtship rules in the months leading up to their marriage.

We don’t know if that meant they simply held hands for too long, or dared to front-hug, or … went even further.

Whatever the case, “shotgun wedding” rumors began plaguing the Duggars shortly after Joy-Anna snnounced her pregnancy, and now it looks as though they have another courtship scandal on their hands.

Yes, it seems that just a few days after Josiah and Lauren confirmed their courtship, the couple was spotted violating the strict code of conduct set forth by his parents.

According to Radar Online, Josiah and Lauren have already been spotted, holding hands, hugging, and yes … even kissing.

The couple is currently on vacation in New Zealand, where Josiah’s family is doing a number of public appearances and speaking gigs.

At one point, the site reports, Josiah and Lauren visited a military monument with a tank that visitors are encouraged to climb into. 

Lauren apparently had trouble dismounting, and Josiah grabbed her around the waist to help her down.

That may not sound like a big deal, but as far as Josiah’s parents are concerned, he might as well have climbed into the tank with her and made a baby.

Interestingly, Josiah is unique amongst the Duggars in that this isn’t his forct courtship.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.

The relationship ended under mysterious circumstances, and neither party has gone into detail about why they decided to call it quits.

So perhaps the rules are different for Josiah because he’s been down this road before.

We doubt it, but that might be how the 21-year-old is justifying his more hands-on approach to dating.

We’re guessing his parents aren’t thrilled, and Lauren’s familt–who is rumored to be just as conservative–probably isn’t too crazy about it, either.

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


Lauren Swanson: Who Is Josiah Duggar’s New Girlfriend?

Earlier this week, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson revealed that they’re officially courting, much to the delight of fans of Josiah’s family.

Rumors of Josiah and Lauren’s courtship had been circulating for several months, and she even joined the Duggars on their recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.

But it wasn’t until Tuesday that the couple made it official with an announcement on the Duggars’ official Facebook page.

Josiah went into detail about his “courtship proposal,” telling fans:

“I came up behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her, and surprised her.”

He added that while Lauren and her family are relatively new to Arkansas, she and Josiah were friends for quite some time before they decided to take their relationship “to the next level.”

“We’ve been friends for a while and got to spend a lot of time together,” Josiah said.

Lauren didn’t do much talking in her introductory video, and fans were left with a lot of questions–namely, who is she, exactly?

Well, the Duggars have promised that viewers will get to see a lot of Lauren on the upcoming season of Counting On, but here’s what we already know:

Like unmarried women in the Duggar family, Lauren avoids social media, which is just one of the indications that she adheres to a similarly strict code of conduct.

Lauren’s father is a minister, and according to OK! magazine, he shares the Duggars’ views on what constitutes appropriate attire for women.

In other words, you won’t see Lauren wearing any above-the-knee skirts anytime soon.

“They’re really similar, our families, with a lot of the same goals,” Josiah told fans yesterday.

Needless to say, that’s putting it mildly.

At 18, Lauren is a few years younger than 21-year-old Josiah.

She also comes from a very large family, but unlike Josiah, she’s the oldest of her siblings.

Lauren’s mother is currently pregnant with her ninth child.

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 it’s possible to live such a private life, but that’s pretty much all we know about Lauren at the moment.

Of course, we’re sure information about the potential newest member of the Duggar clan won’t be in short supply for long.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for Lauren’s big debut.


Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson: Courtship Confirmed!

Get ready for yet another awkward first kiss in front of a couple thousand wedding guests!

The Duggar family announced today that Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are courting.

Rumors of Lauren and Josiah’s romantic involvement began last week, when she joined his family on a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

“I came up behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her, and 

“We’ve been friends for a while and got to spend a lot of time together.

“They’re really similar our families, with a lot of the same goals.”

“We’re excited about sharing our journey on Counting On,” Lauren concluded.

Josiah elaborated on his feelings for Lauren in an interview published today by People magazine.

“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together,” he told the magazine.

“Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined.”

Josiah went on to explain that he and Lauren were drawn to one another due to their similar values:

“I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others,” he said.

“She bring sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her. It’s always stood out to me that in every situation, she looks for the one who appears to be sad or lonely and quickly can brighten their day by sharing words of hope, an encouraging scripture, a prayer or even a simple smile with them.”

Josiah is unique amongst his siblings in that he’s entered a romantic relationship that did not result in marriage.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015, but the couple called it quits after four months together.

“Marjorie and I had a good time together,” he said at the time of their split.

“We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit.”

Our sincere congratulations go out to both Josiah and Marjorie.

Watch Counting On online for more on the Duggars unique courtship practices.


Josiah Duggar: Courting Lauren Swanson!

Another Duggar is headed for the altar!

Sources close to the family have confirmed that Josiah Duggar is courting Lauren Swanson, a longtime family friend.

The Duggars have yet to officially announce the courtship, but insiders say there’s no mistaking the fact that Josiah and Lauren are an item.

Swanson joined the Duggars on their current trip to Australia, which is already an indication that she’s more than just a family friend.

Further driving the point home is the fact that Lauren is being treated like a guest of honor, joining the Duggars on stage for their public appearances, and conspicuously being seated next to Josiah.

Witnesses say Lauren is already greeting fans and signing autographs as though she’s one of the family.

While Duggar courtship rumors are certainly nothing new, Josiah’s situation is unique from those of his siblings.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson in 2015, and the two of them called it quits not long after announcing their relationship.

That makes him the only member of his immediate family to be involved in an unsuccessful courtship.

The cause of Josiah and Marjorie’s split remains a mystery, and some Duggar fans continue to obsess over what exactly went wrong.

“Marjorie and I had a good time together,” Josiah revealed to People magazine in 2016.

“We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit.”

The relationship ended abruptly, and seemingly not on good terms.

The family never announced the breakup, and Duggar fans simply pieced it together when Josiah deleted all photos of Marjorie from his Instagram page.

At one point, it was rumored that Marjorie was planning to write a tell-all exposing some of the Duggars’ darkest secrets, but the book never materialized.

Little is known about Lauren, but it’s assumed that, like Marjorie, she’s a particularly pious member of the Duggars’ congregation.

Those who know the Duggars best say they expect a formal courtship announcement will be made upon the family’s return to the States.

In the meantime, watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most famous family.