Fans Once Thought Jana Duggar Was in a Relationship With a Woman — Here’s Why

We’ve been watching the Duggar family for years thanks to TLC shows like 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. It all began with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents of 19 kids who allowed their lives to be filmed. And while many of their children were just teens or younger when they were first on TV, they’re all growing up fast. We’ve even developed favoritism toward some of the Duggars over others — and Jana Duggar, the second-oldest child (along with her twin), is definitely a favorite amongst fans.

Counting On viewers love the soft-spoken Jana, as she’s stayed single even at 29 years old. Fans seemed to suspect that Jana was actually in a relationship with a woman at one point, however. Here’s how they came to that conclusion.

One source allegedly revealed Jana prefers ‘the company of other females’

The Duggars live much differently than the rest of us — and many of the women marry off quickly following a courtship with a man that Jim Bob approves of. While many of Jana’s younger siblings are married, she remains single. And according to one source from The Hollywood Gossip, that’s because Jana “does prefer the company of other females over men,” CafeMom claims.

The source allegedly wouldn’t say whether anyone in the Duggar family believes Jana is gay, but according to CafeMom, they did say that “Jim Bob Duggar is keeping his eldest daughter’s associations with other women under wraps.” We can’t speak to the credibility of the source, but if Jana was looking to date women other men, this would mark the first time a Duggar wasn’t straight. Considering their family values, it seems homosexuality would be considered sinful in their family as well.

Rumors surfaced that she was in a relationship with family friend Laura DeMasie

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On Counting On, it was clear that Jana spent a lot of time with family friend Laura DeMasie — and fans definitely noticed. In Touch Weekly reminds us Laura accompanied Jana and a few other Duggars on a trip to Australia. And Laura shared a photo of the trip with an adorable caption that read, “Jana is our favorite adventurous homebody, the queen of snacks and funny stories, and the kind of sister/friend that none of us deserve.” Not only that, but Laura also accompanied the Duggars to visit Jinger and husband Jeremy. The entire Duggar family seems to really appreciate Laura — but fans immediately considered this could mean she and Jana were secretly courting.

Unfortunately for hopeful fans, the rumors seemed to be squashed by Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar’s husband. When one fan tweeted and asked, “Is Jana dating her friend Lauren. There are tons of rumors flying. Set the record straight,” Derick replied with an affirmative, “Uh no.”

Jana just shut down rumors that she’s currently courting anyone

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While fans are hopeful there will be someone out there right for Jana — whether it’s a man or a woman — it seems Jana probably is still looking for her perfect husband. As one source told Radar Online, “Jana doesn’t want to be like a lot of others that just go out and get married and end up in a relationship that is negative. … She’s content with whatever the Lord wants for her.” So far, that means Jana’s still living with Jim Bob and Michelle and taking care of her younger siblings — and that’s totally OK. The source also explained that Jana is not homosexual, she’s just patient, which is something fans will also have to deal with.

While more recent rumors led many to believe Jana may have been courting fellow reality star Lawson Bates, In Touch Weekly explained these rumors were also shut down by Jessa Duggar. Fans were particularly excited about Lawson and Jana being romantically involved, though. As one fan commented on Instagram, “I’m not much into matchmaking, but I’ve always thought you two would be so cute together!”

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