‘Counting On’ Star Jana Duggar Shuts Down Courting Rumors
Counting On star Jana Duggar is 29-years-old and single, and fans have come up with numerous theories as to why she doesn’t have a husband. Every other female Duggar over 18 is married with kids, so why does her life look so different from her siblings? She recently gave a simple explanation about her single status – she hasn’t met the right guy yet.
29, single, and independent
As the oldest of nine girls and the second oldest of 19 children, Jana’s love life has been under scrutiny for years as fans have watched four of her sisters – and eight siblings overall – start courting, get engaged, get married, and have kids.
Jana Duggar stands out among the older Duggar siblings because she has a life that is relatively similar to women outside of the fundamentalist Duggar bubble – she travels, loves DIY projects, hangs out with her nieces and nephews, and lives an overall independent life.
The one thing that people are really hung up on is that she still lives at home with her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, and she can’t just go on a fun date every now and then. The rule in the family is that the women don’t move out until they get married, and there is no such thing as casual dating. The Duggars believe in courting, which is dating with the intent of marriage. But, some fans believe that Jana is still single and living at home because she isn’t allowed to court.
Jana Duggar’s so important that she can’t leave the family home
Some fans speculate that Jana’s role as big sister is so vital to how the Duggar family functions, that it is simply impossible for her to leave and get married. Jana homeschools and tutors her younger siblings, and if she was to leave, the oldest female left in the house would be 13-year-old, Johannah.
Not only is Jana Duggar taking care of her younger siblings, but her married brothers and sisters rely on her to help with their kids. From taking care of Jessa and Ben Seewald’s kids to helping out sister-in-law Anna when her brother Josh was in rehab, Jana’s services have been needed by everyone in the family.
Some fans believe Jana Duggar is gay
Another popular theory among Counting On fans is that Jana Duggar is gay, but can’t come out because of her family’s conservative religious beliefs. This theory really gained steam when her bestie Laura DeMassie lived with Jana at Jim Bob and Michelle’s home, traveled with the family, and constantly showed up with Jana on social media.
But, both Jana and Laura have shot down the rumor, saying they are simply close friends. And, Laura has since moved to Georgia for a new job.
Jana Duggar says the reason she is still single is simple
Jana recently posted a beautiful selfie on Instagram that once again had fans talking about her love life. When one follower commented that they hope Jana finds her prince, the reality star replied, “Maybe he’s riding in on a green turtle instead of a white horse. Still searching for Mr. Right. In the words of Michael Bublé, ‘Just haven’t met [him] yet.’”
Will that be enough for fans to stop speculating about Jana Duggar’s lack of a husband? Absolutely not. Some fans thought that Jana’s response was her subtle way of telling everyone that she was courting Bringing Up Bates star Lawson Bates.
Fans noticed that Lawson had recently posted some pictures with a turtle, and so the obvious conclusion for many was that Jana wrote about Mr. Right riding in on a green turtle because Lawson is her man. No matter what she says, fans are going to believe what they want to believe.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC in October.