Fans of 19 Kids & Counting have been very curious to see whether Jana Duggar might end up in a courtship at some point soon, given the fact that her younger sisters Jill and Jessa recently got married. There have been many rumors about potential suitors for the 19 Kids star, but so far nothing has gained serious traction. According to a new report, Bringing Up Bates star Zach Bates expressed an interest in Jana before meeting the woman who would become his wife, Whitney.
According to Radar Online, Zach Bates, 25, wanted to enter a courtship with Jana Duggar, 25, a while back. A supposed insider says that the duo went on some secret chaperoned dates and Zach even asked Jana’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, for permission to officially court her.
It seems that while Jim Bob naturally approved, no surprise given the long-standing friendship between the two families, Jana wasn’t interested. The source says that Jana simply wasn’t attracted to Zach and didn’t see a relationship working out between them.
Though Radar doesn’t detail when these supposed dates took place between Zach and Jana, they note that it didn’t take long for him to find someone who was interested in a future with him. Zach married Whitney Perkins on December 14, 2013. The two welcomed the first Bates grandbaby in October 2014.
Zach’s family, which debuted the show Bringing Up Bates on UP TV this month, is growing by leaps and bounds. His sister Alyssa Bates Webster is expecting a baby girl in the spring with her husband John Webster, and sister Erin Bates Paine just announced she’s also expecting with her husband Chad Paine.
As for Jana Duggar, she’s supposedly had several men interested in courting her, but she just doesn’t seem to be finding the right guy. Younger sister Jill married Derick Dillard last June, and they are expecting a baby boy this spring. Sister Jessa married Ben Seewald last November and there is already plenty of speculation that she might be expecting as well. However, 19 Kids & Counting star Jana doesn’t seem all that anxious to get married and have babies yet herself.
Just who will be the lucky guy who eventually courts Jana Duggar? 19 Kids & Counting fans are curious to find out. However, many applaud her determination to do things her own way and wait for the man she thinks is the right one regardless of any pressure that may be put on her.
Bringing Up Bates is airing on UP TV right now and a new season of 19 Kids & Counting premieres in February. While Jana Duggar should be around plenty, much of the focus surely will be on Jill Dillard’s pregnancy and Jessa Seewald’s wedding.