Joy-Anna Duggar’s new boyfriend, Austin Forsyth, is no stranger to reality TV. Season 3 of TLC’s reality TV series Jill and Jessa: Counting On is rumored to feature the courtship between Joy-Anna, 19, and Austin, 22, as reported by the Hollywood Gossip.
However, according to Radar Online, Forsyth has made an appearance on reality TV once before. Now, fans of the Duggars are worried that Austin’s parents are just using Joy-Anna as a way for the Forsyth family and their farm, Fort Rock, to get back on the small screen.
Austin Forsyth and his parents, Terry and Roxanne, were featured on CMT’s reality TV show The World’s Strictest Parents back in 2009. Season 1 of the U.S. version of The World’s Strictest Parents found the Forsyth family taking in teens from Los Angeles and Iowa to “help straighten them out,” as reported by Radar Online. The show, which lasted two seasons in the U.S., was built around the concept of two unruly teenagers spending time with a strict host family for one week.
In that week, the teens were supposed to resolve a list of issues given to them by their real parents. Radar Online reports that the Forsyth family episode shows just how much alike Terry and Roxanne are to Jim Bob and Michelle, especially in their strict religious parenting. The Forsyths quoted the bible throughout the show, and they even run a Christian family camp on their property in Combs, Arkansas, called the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center.
“Fort Rock Christian Family Camp and Christian Retreat Center is a camp for family restoration and enrichment. Burrowed against the Ozark National Forest in Northwest Arkansas, we are within driving distance to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Tennessee. At the family camp, founders Terry and Roxanne Forsyth have recreated an 1800s fort and old west town for an unforgettable vacation. Here your family can step back in time, slow down and enjoy spectacular beauty any time of the year while fellowshipping with other Christian families.”
Building Fort Rock was an idea that Terry had in the mid-1990s as a way for families to slow down and spend time together camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and even zip-lining. The camp gained a lot of attention when the Forsyth family was featured on The World’s Strictest Parents seven years ago, and now rumors are swirling that Terry and Roxanne are using Joy-Anna Duggar to get Fort Rock back on TV. Joy-Anna and Austin’s relationship has already been shared on the camp’s Facebook page, and now Joy-Anna features prominently on the camp website’s homepage slideshow header.
The Duggar family, including the ninth child and fifth daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Joy-Anna, became famous in 2008 thanks to TLC’s reality TV series 19 Kids and Counting, which features the Duggar family and their 19 children as they live out their lives in Tontitown, Arkansas, a small town near Springdale. The Duggar family has since been criticized for their stance on LGBT issues, as well as revelations that Josh Duggar, the Duggar’s eldest son, had molested four of his younger sisters. However, unknown is whether or not Joy-Anna was one of Josh’s victims, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
People Magazine reported last Wednesday that Joy-Anna Duggar is “so happy to be courting” after a video on the Duggar family website revealed that long-time friend Austin Forsyth had asked Joy-Anna to enter a courtship with him, and she said “yes.” The reveal was also featured on Counting On: Jinger’s Wedding, where Joy-Anna said that she’s known Austin for a long time — almost 15 years, in fact.
Joy-Anna is rumored to be the next Duggar daughter to walk down the aisle, and according to the Hollywood Gossip, Austin Forsyth used the Counting On courtship reveal to also do a little “free advertising” for the family camp and vacation destination, saying that he asked Joy-Anna to start their courtship at Fort Rock, where he’s also reportedly an employee.
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