We’ve been keeping up with the Duggars for years, and Josiah and Lauren Duggar have vital roles in Counting On. The young couple is happily in love, and they even have a young daughter together. Judging from their Instagram, Lauren and Josiah are as content as can be — but a clip from the show has some fans thinking they’re actually quite awkward around each other. Here’s what fans noticed.
Josiah and Lauren Duggar wed back in 2018
It’s hard to believe how young Josiah and Lauren are considering they already have a home and a family of their own. Lauren’s just 21, and Josiah’s 23. According to In Touch Weekly, the two were actually childhood friends, and Lauren even made appearances on 19 Kids and Counting way before the two were courting.
Like many of the other Duggars, it wasn’t long before Josiah and Lauren tied the knot after announcing their courtship in 2018. The publication notes they were marching down the aisle in June 2018, which was just five months after their courtship initially began.
It seems Josiah and Lauren wanted to rush into having a family as well. Four months after the wedding, Lauren found out she was pregnant — but the pregnancy didn’t go according to plan. Lauren miscarried, and TLC followed her journey afterward.
“It really was a hard time for our family going through this right after we got married,” she explained on Counting On. “And all the dreams of getting to see our little one and hold it in our hands dashed before our eyes.”
They were shown preparing for baby Bella Duggar’s arrival on ‘Counting On’
Lauren was devastated by the news of her miscarriage — but she was then overjoyed when she found out she was pregnant once again. Bella was born back in November 2019, and the couple’s overjoyed to have her. But prior to the birth, Counting On followed Josiah and Lauren as they prepared for the arrival of their daughter. And the couple’s interactions seem stilted.
“Today, we are working on the nursery for our baby girl, and we hope we can get everything set up exactly how we want it to be,” Josiah told the camera. And the clip that followed showed Lauren explaining the bookshelves and wall hangings she hoped to have in the nursery.
Lauren then noted some of the health complications that came with this second pregnancy. She added that most of the nursery projects are up for Josiah to complete, but since she’s feeling well enough to help, she does what she can.
Fans think the couple’s interactions seem forced and awkward
The clip is meant to give fans more information regarding what Lauren and Josiah were thinking and feeling prior to Bella’s birth. But many complained via YouTube comments that the couple seemed more awkward than ever.
“He seems so odd around his wife,” one fan commented about Josiah’s behavior. “Like if he’s just following what the family expects.”
“They still seem uncomfortable with each other, idk what it is,” another wrote. “They just seem awkward.”
“Why do they seem awkward towards each other?” yet another noticed. Josiah seems kind of turned on by his wife or he is just nervous. Idk.”
There are plenty of theories surrounding all of the Duggar couples and how happy Lauren and Josiah might actually be compared to what they portray. Many think they might not actually be happy with the Duggar way of life, which included a quick engagement, wedding, and pregnancies. And others think Lauren wants to give an image of success via social media like Jinger and Jessa.
We’re hoping Josiah and Lauren are being their authentic selves and are truly happy, but we may never know.
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