‘Counting On’ Fans Think Joy Duggar’s Recent Photo Shows How Young She Really Is: ‘She Looks 11’

The Duggar family is notorious for having plenty of kids. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 children, and many of those kids have wed and had kids of their own, too. The couple’s ninth child, Joy Duggar, has one son with her husband, Austin Forsyth. But Duggar’s recent photo alongside her son shows off how young she really is — and fans noticed.

Joy Duggar with three of her sisters
Joy Duggar, second from right, is the ninth Duggar child | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Joy Duggar married Austin Forsyth when she was 19

Out of all the Duggar daughters, Joy Duggar has wed at the youngest age. Most of the Duggar kids are married by the time they’re in their mid-twenties, but Duggar started courting Forsyth when she was still a teenager. The two didn’t wait long to get married. Typically, Duggar courtships and engagements don’t last more than a few months.

Duggar and Forsyth wed when she was only 19 (he was 23), and within a few months, they had announced a pregnancy. The two welcomed their first son, Gideon, only nine months after they were married.

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The two went through a difficult miscarriage last year

The Duggars tend to announce pregnancies one right after another, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Duggar and Forsyth announced baby no. 2 shortly after Gideon’s first birthday in 2019. The two were ecstatic, but they learned some difficult news when they went in for their baby’s 20-week checkup: There was no heartbeat.

Duggar and Forsyth have spent that past year recovering and rebuilding since losing their daughter at 20 weeks. And they have yet to announce another pregnancy. Rather, they seem to be focusing on raising their son and healing from the past.

Fans think Duggar’s recent photos make her look like a child

Duggar and Forsyth recently celebrated Gideon’s second birthday, and Duggar posted loving photos of her little one. In the slideshow, Duggar included a photo of her and Gideon on the playground. And fans couldn’t believe how young she looked in the image.

Fans think Duggar looks so young in the photo of her with Gideon.

“Joy is only 22, but she looks even younger,” one user posted in a Reddit thread about the photo. “She looks … Like a nine year old,” another user wrote. “She looks 11 here,” someone else commented. Fans also thought Duggar looked very much like her mother, Michelle, in the photo as well. “She looks so much like Michelle here,” someone said. “I think that Joy and Josie resemble Michelle the most,” another person added.

Other Duggar wives are still super young, too 

Duggar might have married at 19, but she isn’t the youngest Duggar to do so. Both Josiah and Joe Duggar’s wives, Lauren Swanson and Kendra Caldwell, were only 18 when they married into the family. And both couples started trying for babies right away. Josiah and Lauren Duggar welcomed their first child this past November, and Joe and Kendra have already welcomed baby no. 2. Some fans even think Joe and Kendra will end up having more children than Michelle and Jim Bob did, though time will tell when (and if) they announce a third pregnancy.