Joy-Anna Duggar is the newest member of the family to enter into a courtship. She is the fourth daughter to begin courting; her older sisters all married the first man they courted. Duggar has known Austin Forsyth for over a decade. The two have been friends, and along the way, they decided there was more to their friendship. It was just announced that the two were courting on Counting On after Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo’s wedding was aired. It seems the family is constantly planning a wedding for one child or another.
Fans have been trying to pinpoint how long Joy-Anna Duggar has been courting Austin Forsyth. It has definitely been a few months, maybe more. According to the Hollywood Gossip, Joy-Anna has been off the market since August. It was then that the Forsyth family began to overhaul their business and image. They own a family camp in Arkansas and have had a lot of updates done to their website, including adding a photo of Duggar with their family. The entire preparation for the announcement seemed to reflect making money, and that is something the Duggar family does best.
It was shocking to hear that Joy-Anna Duggar was the next to be seeing someone. Fans had resigned themselves to the fact it would be one of the sons. Josh Duggar is the eldest child and was the first to marry. Aside from him, there has only been one son to court, but that ended shortly after it began. Joy-Anna has always been a tomboy, and to see her with someone she is interested in and is intentionally dating is different for fans who have followed the Duggar family since the beginning.
There has been some talk about how Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar exploited Joy-Anna and Austin for a rating increase. TLC is making money on Counting On, even after canceling the original 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggars have always done things to increase ratings, some of it reportedly bordered on pimping out their own children. Right now, there is a huge battle between fans and critics about Joy-Anna Duggar and being too young to court. She is just 19 and has her whole life ahead of her. Generally, when the daughters marry off, they become pregnant almost immediately and begin the commitment of being a housewife and mother without an outside career.
Jana Duggar is feeling the heat after the announcement of Joy-Anna’s courtship. Rumors have been swirling about her sexuality but have been dismissed by fans who feel she just has higher standards than her sisters. With all of the attention now on Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, the Duggars are hoping the Josh drama that has loomed over them will be put to the wayside. Whatever the reason behind the calculated courting announcement, it definitely got fans to focus their energy on something other than Josh and his mistakes, but it has also renewed heightened interest in why Jana is still at home.
If the timeline is correct on when Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth began courting, an official engagement could be announced in just a few months. It was confirmed that Season 3 of Counting On will focus on Joy-Anna’s journey, which would make a proposal almost a sure thing. The Forsyth family has been welcoming, but there were some wires crossed about Joy-Anna’s oldest brother, Josh. With everything happening so fast, fans are wishing the best for the couple as they move forward and decided whether or not marriage is in their cards. Joy-Anna Duggar was once worried that her sisters were getting married and moving away, but she is now on that path as well.
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