‘Counting On’: Joy Duggar Finally Changes Her Instagram Name

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth are no longer part of Counting On, but the two still have a strong social media presence. The couple once used a combined Instagram account, but recently, they decided to separate their accounts so they could each post more of their interests. Fans have wondered when Duggar would change her handle, and the day has finally come.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth | Joy Forsyth via Instagram

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth have more than 1 million Instagram followers

For years, Duggar was overshadowed by her older sisters. She was a bit too young to be grouped with Jinger, Jessa, Jill, and Jana, but a little too old to hang around with Michelle and Jim Bob’s four youngest daughters. However, in recent years, Duggar has become more well known.

Once Duggar married Austin Forsyth when she was 19, she became more closely profiled on the show, and fans grew to know her and like her. She and Forsyth welcomed their first child in 2018, and slowly, her social media presence started growing in response to her storyline becoming a more important part of filming. Today, and she Forsyth have more than one million Instagram followers.

The two can share more of their own interests on separate accounts

Earlier this year, Duggar and Forsyth decided to separate their accounts. Some of the Duggar couples share an account, while other, more high-profile Duggars (such as Jill, Jessa, and Jinger) have accounts separate from their husbands. Joy Duggar decided to join that club, and a few months back, Forsyth started his own account.

Forsyth’s account has become a place where he can showcase his contracting work. He teaches fans about construction and shows off the homes he builds and remodels through his business, and posts plenty of images of his son. Duggar’s account now is a place where she can post photos of her own hobbies.

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Duggar had told fans that changing her name was a slow process

When Forsyth first created his own account, Duggar’s social media handle remained “austinandjoyforsyth.” When fans asked why she hadn’t changed it, she explained that she was trying, but it was a slow process.

Duggar and Forsyth have a verified account, and rumor has it that changing the handle on a verified account can take months, since it’s a more difficult process than someone simply switching their username. In mid-July, Duggar’s process of changing her name finally ended; she’s officially “joy4site” — the same format as her husband’s account.

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It’s unclear what the next chapter is for the couple

Duggar and Forsyth have stopped filming for Counting On. The two did appear in the family game night during the season premiere, and they discussed losing their baby at 20 weeks. But fans noticed the couple wasn’t in the promo for the new season, and after a lot of speculation that Forsyth isn’t comfortable in front of the camera, it appears the two are leaving Counting On behind.

The next chapter remains unclear. Duggar and Forsyth are preparing to welcome their second child, and it’s possible the two could be eyeing some kind of house-flipping spinoff show, since Forsyth’s remodeling skills seem to be highlighted more on social media. For now, though, they’re stepping away from the cameras.