Jana Duggar was one of the adult Duggar daughters who spoke out about Josh Duggar’s cheating scandal during TLC’s new special, Jill & Jessa: Counting On. The oldest Duggar daughter is single and still lives at home with her parents, and what she had to say about Josh makes it sound like she might be wary about ever getting married.
As the Daily Mail reports, Jana Duggar appeared on Jill & Jessa: Counting On alongside sisters Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna. Jana’s twin, John-David, also shared his thoughts about Josh’s extramarital affair, as did Duggar sons Josiah and Joseph. Each adult Duggar kid had a little something to say about Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal, but their main focus was the more recent news that their older brother cheated on his wife of seven years, Anna Duggar. Oddly, none of the Duggars expressed any sympathy for Anna during the Jill & Jessa: Counting On premiere. Instead, Jana and her siblings spoke about how Josh’s cheating affected each of them, and they shed plenty of tears for themselves.
According to Jana Duggar, Josh Duggar’s cheating scandal made it extremely difficult for her to trust other people. The older Duggar children all knew that Josh Duggar had sexually molested four of his sisters when he was a teenager, but they were blindsided by the news that he had cheated on Anna Duggar. Josh was forced to fess up to his infidelity after Gawker discovered that he had a paid account on Ashley Madison, a website that is used to arrange extramarital affairs.
“Who do you trust?” Jana Duggar said during one of her interviews for Jill & Jessa: Counting On. “Are people who they appear to be or do they have these masks on and are something they really aren’t?”
Many fans of the Duggar family think that life has been hard for Jana Duggar because she was forced to watch as two of her younger siblings, Jessa and Jill, got married and moved out of their parents’ home. These fans believe that Jana also yearns to find a husband so that she can finally leave home.
According to the International Business Times, a photo of Jana Duggar that was recently posted on the Duggar Family Facebook page sparked a conversation about Jana Duggar’s future and her love life. Some commenters said that they would love to see Jana become the first Duggar daughter to move out and go to college, and others revealed that they think Jana should get hitched ASAP.
“Past time for her to marry,” one commenter wrote.
However, if Jana Duggar fears that all her potential mates are wearing “masks” that hide who they really are, she might have a hard time trusting a man enough to get married to him. She’s seen how her brother treated Anna Duggar, and she might not want to go through the same thing.
According to Jana Duggar’s father, she was already having a difficult time finding a husband without having to deal with trust issues. During a 2014 interview with People, Jim Bob Duggar revealed that Jana Duggar hasn’t been willing to settle down with one of his pre-approved picks for her future husband. Jim Bob carefully screens all of his daughters’ potential suitors, and he asks the girls if they’re interested in anyone he approves of. So far Jana hasn’t been very impressed with her father’s matchmaking skills.
“There have been a lot of guys who have been interested in her,” Jim Bob said. “I have gone to hear about each one, and so far she hasn’t felt that is the way the Lord is leading.”
Instead of trusting her father to find her a husband, Jana Duggar is putting her faith in the Lord.
“When God brings that one along it will be his timing,” Jana told People.
Unfortunately for Duggar fans who would love to see a future TLC special about a single Jana Duggar moving out of her parents’ house and attending college to pursue a career, this is unlikely to happen. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Duggars seem to be staunch supporters of the stay-at-home-daughter movement. This means that Jana Duggar will be encouraged to live with her parents as an unpaid babysitter for her younger siblings until she agrees to marry one of the men that Jim Bob approves. The Duggars are adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement, so they believe that women should remain under the authority of their fathers until that authority is transferred over to their husbands.
When Jim Bob finds a new male authority figure who Jana Duggar is willing to submit to, perhaps she’ll get her own TLC special about her courtship and marriage.
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