‘Counting On’: Some Have a Bizarre Theory about Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson’s Marriage

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have become prominent Duggar family members recently. After Lauren went through her tragic miscarriage, the two became more important cast members on the family’s reality show, Counting On. Though the two seem to have a strong relationship, some who follow the show can’t help but wonder if there is something deeper going on behind the scenes.

Josiah and Lauren Duggar
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson | Josiah and Lauren Duggar via Instagram

Duggar and Swanson have been married since 2018

This Duggar couple had known each other for years before things turned romantic. Surprisingly, Swanson actually made a cameo appearance in a 2010 episode of 19 Kids and Counting, which shows how far back she and Josiah actually go. The two only began courting in January 2018, and by March of that year, the Duggars were announcing the couple’s engagement on their blog. Though they were originally suspected to wed in January 2019, Duggar and Swanson decided to speed things up and were married by June 2018.

Fans have had mixed feelings about Swanson

There are plenty of reasons to adore Swanson. She has a great fashion sense and a soft, friendly personality. But some have found that she can be a bit of a “woe is me” kind of person. When Swanson tragically went through a miscarriage late last year, it hit her very hard. And though many people sympathized with what she was going through and encouraged her to grieve about the loss, some found the whole thing to be a bit redundant after a while. Of course, women handle things like that in their own way, and some might be affected more than others. However, a few accused Swanson of capitalizing on her loss, and it caused some to view her in a more negative way.

Some have a bizarre theory about why the two were married

Reddit tends to be a gathering place for people who follow the Duggar family to express any interesting opinions they might have. And when it comes to Duggar and Swanson’s relationship, one fan theory seems extremely bizarre. “It was an arranged marriage to blow off “gay” rumors,” someone suggested of the couple’s wedding. “Maybe rumors,” someone else added, suggesting the “rumors” might be true. It was a situation most people had never thought of, though the Duggars, being so religious, do not believe in homosexuality. So if one of them were gay, they would never be able to admit it.

It’s important to note that nothing confirms the Reddit theory

Reddit users tend to say anything that comes to mind about the Duggars, as it is generally a no-judgement zone. But it’s important to note that there are no facts to back up the idea that Duggar might actually be gay. From what we can see, he seems very happy with Swanson, and the two appear excited about taking on their new roles of mother and father. Of course, with 19 kids, there is a chance that one child could be gay (for a while, there was speculation that Jana Duggar was a lesbian), but there is nothing to prove that this is actually the case.