Joy-Anna Duggar: Family Friend Sounds Off on Shotgun Wedding Rumors!

The news that Joy-Anna Duggar is pregnant with her first child drew a surprising reaction from fans of her famous family.

It seems not a month goes by without a Duggar pregnancy announcement, and usually the response from fans is universally congratulatory.

But the timing of Joy-Anna’s statement resulted in confusion from some Duggar obsessives and outright condemnation from others.

Here’s a recap:

Joy married Austin Forsyth in May.

Just three months later, she announced her pregnancy with an Instagram photo in which she appeared to be several months along.

The Duggars offered an official conception timeline to put to rest any rumors of premarital sex, which is strictly forbidden by their arch-conservative religious beliefs.

The family insisted that Joy got pregnant on one of the first nights of her honeymoon.

Fans were unconvinced, and rumors of Joy-Anna’s “shotgun wedding” began to circulate on social media.

The Duggars will likely never address the matter directly themselves, but a family friend spoke out about the rumors surrounding Joy-Anna during a recent “ask me anything” session on Reddit.

The friend chose to remain anonymous, but she appeared to be knowledgeable about a number of topics that the Duggars have not yet spoken about publicly.

Asked point blank if she believes Joy-Anna got pregnant before her wedding, the source responded simply that it’s “not likely.”

It’s important to note that elsewhere in the thread, the insider offered information and opinions that were not entirely favorable to the Duggars.

For instance, she confirmed that Jim Bob is a domineering force in his household and that women have few rights on the Duggar compound.

For the most part, however, she spoke about Counting On clan in glowing terms.

We supposed that’s not particularly surprising, considering she identified herself as a family friend.

So will these remarks put to rest the rumors that Joy-Anna conceived prior to saying “I do”?

Almost certainly not, particularly since fan theories regarding her date of conception are based on much more than Joy’s sizable baby bump and the timing of her announcement.

For one thing, Joy-Anna and Austin admitted to breaking her family’s courtship rules in an interview with Counting On producers.

Of course, given the draconian nature of those rules, that could mean many things.

The Duggars require chaperones on all dates involving non-married couples, and they even place time limits on hand-holding.

So while many consider Joy-Anna’s admission to be particularly damning, that’s not necessarily an indication of premarital sex.

There is one incriminating clue, however, that’s proven difficult for the Duggars to explain away.

Joy-Anna and Austin rescheduled their wedding from October of this year to May.

Many believe the date was pushed up five months to conceal the fact that Joy-Anna is expecting.

Thus far, her family has yet to offer a different explanation.

In all likelihood, the matter will never be settled to the satisfaction of the family’s most nosy fans.

But as long as Jim Bob and company openly engage in harsh moral judgement of others, fans will continue to look for signs of hypocrisy–and so far those signs have proven plentiful.

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


Maci Bookout: Will She Attend Ryan Edwards’ Wedding?!

Tomorrow’s the big day, friends!

Sometime on Saturday, Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer will promise to leave each other for always, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death (or another Tinder scandal) do them part.

Yep, Ryan and Mackenzie are having their second wedding ceremony tomorrow — and from what we know so far, this one will be quite a bit different than their first.

Just in case you forgot — LOL, just kidding, the Teen Mom OG footage of their wedding will stay with you until the day you die — the first wedding took place in a parking lot by the aquarium in Chattanooga.

The only guests were Ryan’s parents, Jen and Larry, and also Ryan’s dog. Jen cried throughout most of it.

Ryan admitted that his son, Bentley, didn’t know about the wedding, and it’s probably safe to say that Mackenzie’s son didn’t know about it either.

As if all of that wasn’t depressing enough, we also saw Ryan drive himself and Mackenzie to their parking lot location while super, super high, and he seemed to be nodding off during the ceremony, too.

They wanted to get married quick to help in their custody case for Bentley, which … OK, sure, that makes sense.

But as we saw in previous Teen Mom episodes, they’d been planning a much more traditional church wedding for this November.

And now that it is November, we know they’re actually going through with this thing, too!

Mackenzie confirmed the news earlier this week, explaining that this wedding will take place “in this little cathedral-type church and it’s just absolutely beautiful.”

“We went for a rustic-chic theme so there are elements that are super formal and elements that are just very laid-back,” she said. “But it’s gorgeous.”

“There’s a reception afterwards that’s in this old warehouse-type space that’s been redone. The ceremony is me: super urban, super chic. The reception is Ryan, where it’s rustic.”

We don’t know that we’d describe Mackenzie as “super urban” OR “super chic,” but if that’s how she sees herself, then bless her.

It’s also weird that she keeps referring to Ryan’s aesthetic as “rustic” — is it because literally the only things we’ve ever seen him enjoy have been four wheelers and killing cats?

Surprisingly, Mackenzie also revealed that Maci Bookout, Ryan’s ex and the mother of his son, was invited to the wedding.

“She invited us to her wedding,” she said. “Everything is just kind of at a resting place right now. It’s about our boys. This is a day about us, yes. But it’s also about us becoming a family.”

What she said is true, but it’s a little shocking to hear, considering that just a few months ago, she basically blamed Maci for Ryan’s drug use.

On the Teen Mom OG reunion special for the last season, Mackenzie read a letter to Maci in which she accused her of “exploiting Ryan’s addiction on the show.”

She claimed that the incident on the way to the wedding, the one where Ryan was nodding off behind the wheel, was the very first time she ever noticed that he might be on drugs, and if Maci knew before then and didn’t tell her, well, then if anything happened to him it would be her fault.

After that, Maci hit Mackenzie with “You’re so full of sh-t that your eyes are brown,” Mackenzie stormed off the stage … it wasn’t great.

But it seems like things have improved since then — because Maci is actually going to the wedding!

A source close to Mackenzie spoke to Radar Online, explaining that “Mackenzie received Maci’s response card. Yes, she will be there. They are getting along.”

She’ll bring along her husband, Taylor McKinney, and of course Bentley will be there, but no one else from the Teen Mom crew will be there.

Well, except for the actual Teen Mom crew, because they’re filming the event for the show.

And we thought we couldn’t get more excited for this trainwreck of a wedding!


Mackenzie Standifer Confirms Ryan Edwards Wedding: He’s Doing Amazing!

Looks like wedding bells will indeed be ringing this weekend for one of the Teen Mom franchise’s most discussed couples – again. 

Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Edwards’ wedding will take place in the duo’s native Chattanooga, Tenn., and this time, not in a parking lot.

If you watch Teen Mom OG online, you surely recall that Ryan and Mackenzie rushed to become husband and wife on the season finale.

How could you possibly forget if you saw that?

The couple tied the knot with only Ryan’s parents and a camera crew present, which would’ve been weird enough, but wasn’t the half of it.

Ryan drove high to the ceremony – so much so that he was nodding off at the wheel – leading outraged fans to slam Standifer and MTV.

How could she (or they) let him drive in that state? What does that tell us about his mindset (or lack thereof) at the time he said “I do”?

Edwards went to rehab soon after, but instead of quelling doubts about the future, a new scandal rocked the newlyweds upon his release.

Rumors of Ryan sending d–k pics and looking to hook up with random girls on Tinder turned out to be true, with Mackenzie even intervening.

Not only that, he reportedly told members of the MTV show’s crew that he was filing for divorce, and he didn’t just say this in passing.

Yet here we are at this exciting, surprising juncture.

Maci Bookout’s ex-boyfriend and his spouse will hold their “original, intended” wedding ceremony this weekend, and couldn’t be happier.

“It’s been in the works since the day we got engaged,” Mackenzie said, speaking to E! News. “It was never just decided upon.”

“We knew from day one this was going to be it.”

Mackenzie added that unlike the parking lot finale, this wedding will be “in this little cathedral-type church and it’s just absolutely beautiful.”

Standifer told the site that the event is a blend of their styles:

“We went for a rustic-chic theme so there are elements that are super formal and elements that are just very laid-back. But it’s gorgeous.”

“There’s a reception afterwards that’s in this old warehouse-type space that’s been redone. The ceremony is me: super urban, super chic.”

“The reception is Ryan, where it’s rustic. It’s a great mix.”

MTV cameras will be rolling when the pair exchange vows this time, too, and Mackenzie believes Maci Bookout herself will be attending.

“She invited us to her wedding. Everything is just kind of at a resting place right now. It’s about our boys. This is a day about us, yes.

“But it’s also about us becoming a family.”

Maci attending the event would be a great show of support and solidarity with a guy who hasn’t exactly made her life easy over the years.

Bookout, who has three younger kids with husband Taylor McKinney, has often feuded with Ryan and his family over Bentley’s care.

Still, to hear Standifer tell it, they’re all on the same page, and she’s looking at Wedding #2 as a means of cementing their family bond.

“The boys have no idea that we’re already married,” Standifer said, adding of Ryan and Maci’s son, “Bentley doesn’t even know that.”

“So you know, for them, this is a huge day.”

Mackenzie, who is also the mother of young son, said it’s all about the kids, and “if that makes them happy, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Standifer’s son Hudson (top photo above) and Bentley’s feelings aside, fans are understandably wondering how Ryan is feeling lately.

Leading up to the big day, Mackenzie says that despite their ups and downs, she can’t help but gush over the special man in her life. 

“He’s doing amazing. I’m really truly impressed,” she said of how far he’s come since spring. “I’m so proud of him and he is trying so hard. 

“I mean, I can’t imagine what that’s like,” she added, referring to all that Edwards has gone through and struggled with, but “I’m so proud.”