‘Counting On’: Is This Duggar Couple Happier Than The Rest?

Jim Bob Duggar is likely unhappy with his own decision to let Jill Duggar meet her now-husband, Derick Dillard, way back in 2014. Derick not only got himself booted from the family’s show Counting On, but he has publicly outed Jim Bob as a control freak who hoards earnings from the family’s appearance on TLC.  Followers were quick to point out that Jim Bob has no one but himself to blame. After all, followers reasoned, it’s mostly believed that the Duggar kids’ marriages are arranged. Even if they are all arranged, although the family has never officially commented, there is one couple that seems happier than most.

Who do fans think are the happiest couple?

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo are off living their lives in Los Angeles far from the prying eyes of the Duggar family, but that doesn’t mean they are the happiest couple. In fact, followers have some concerns about how well Jinger is acclimating to life in a massive city. The well-read Jeremy, when you really look at it, doesn’t seem to be the perfect match for Jinger, either.

Instead, fans believe that Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are actually the couple that seems to have the most substantial connection. Reddit fans point out that Joy-Anna spoke about Austin with great respect when she posted about his recent birthday. She indeed seems to know more about her husband than her siblings know about their spouses. The pair also appears to enjoy the same activities, and their hobbies and interest mesh well. Austin also seems to be an incredibly involved father, according to Instagram shots.

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While some fans still think Austin looks a little creepy, there really is nothing to indicate he’s a bad guy to Joy-Anna. In fact, he and Joy-Anna appear to get along swimmingly. Their marriage may have been strongly encouraged by their parents, but it looks as if, at the very least, they are well-suited to one another.

Which Duggar is unhappy with their love match?

While many people would quickly assume Anna Duggar is the most unhappy in her marriage to Josh Duggar, for some inexplicable reason, they actually seem content. At least, Anna does. No one knows what Josh thinks because he’s mostly been a ghost since his 2015 back-to-back scandals. Followers are sure that Josiah Duggar is actually the most miserable in his marriage.

Josiah married Lauren Swanson in June 2018 after just five months of courtship, according to In Touch. Fans never really warmed up to Lauren, and there have been a few hints of trouble between the couple. During a marriage retreat, for example, Lauren and Josiah appeared to practice some pretty toxic behavior. It is rumored that Josiah was actually forced into pursuing Lauren after Jim Bob discovered Josiah was using social media without permission. The Duggar kids are not allowed to use Instagram or Twitter before courtship, it would seem.

Followers have also questioned Josiah’s sexuality, and are concerned that he may have been forced down the aisle as a way to squash the rumors. The Duggars, again, have never spoken publicly about the allegations. If Josiah is unhappy, followers are unlikely to get confirmation of that directly from him, unless something drastic changes. For now, he is a bit busy raising his child. Josiah and Lauren welcomed a daughter, Bella Milagro, in November 2019.

Are the Duggar family marriages arranged?

Rumor has it that the Duggar patriarch arranges the marriage of his children. While it may not be as extreme as being forced down the aisle, a church insider has revealed that couples are strongly encouraged into beginning a courtship. More often than not, courtships end in marriage. The insider spoke to Radar Online in the fall of 2019 and noted that Josh Duggar’s wedding to Anna Duggar was arranged to deal with his teenage issues.

There is some belief that the marriage between Lauren and Josiah was forced, too. Lauren is actually spotted at Jill’s wedding, years before she claims to have met Josiah, lending credence to the theory. Duggar family weddings often include over 1000 guests, but still, the family must know the people they are inviting, at least on a surface level. Many followers also believe that Jim Bob specifically picked out Derick for Jill, although that love match seems to have backfired on Jim Bob. Jill and Derick, however, seem reasonably happy together, at least if Jill’s Instagram hashtags are to be believed.