For many fans of Counting On, it is a pure numbers game. With 19 kids in the family, it must be just a matter of time until one breaks away. And, out of all the older kids in the family, many believe that there is something that makes 21-year-old Josiah Duggar different from his siblings. Could he end up being the most rebellious Duggar in the family?
Josiah has always stuck out because of his pink shirts and bowties. And even though the strict Duggar faith doesn’t allow the kids to have a lot of freedom, he has managed to show some of his over-the-top personality to fans, while many of his siblings appear to be copies of their parents with little variation.
Jim Bob and Michelle do not allow their kids to listen to non-Christian music or watch secular movies and TV shows. And, they aren’t allowed to be alone with members of the opposite sex. So, instead of being regular teenagers with typical adolescent experiences, the Duggar kids mostly just wait around until someone comes along for courting.
But then there is Josiah. As In Touch Weekly reports, fans don’t see him as a Bill Gothard-bot. And, former Duggar employees say that Josiah believes he is the most rebellious.
“Josiah is gonna be the next one to bust out,” said the insider. “He’s a little bit crazy… He’s a 90-mile-an-hour guy. He drives 90 miles an hour, he moves 90 miles an hour, he thinks 90 miles an hour.”
He apparently finds the courting process to be ridiculous. Josiah is engaged to 19-year-old Lauren Swanson and judging from the recent pic he posted on Instagram, he isn’t a fan of the strict Duggar courting rules, especially the chaperone requirements.
In the photo, Josiah and his fiancée pose together with his brother Jason, and he captioned it with “third wheel probs.”
Considering the fact that most of the other Duggar kids have nothing but good things to say about courtship, it is a bit refreshing to see someone make fun of the practice. It may not seem like much to many of us, but for a Duggar, it shows a bit of independence.
Josiah is the only Duggar kid to have multiple courtships – he courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015 – and he uses his fashion sense to stand out from the rest of his brothers. He has a personality, and he shares that on Instagram. He is also the only unmarried Duggar to be active on social media, which is against his parents’ rules.
Back in 2016, Josiah made a Duggar version of the “mannequin challenge” when it was a big social media trend. He recorded all of his younger siblings frozen in the middle of a play fight. Considering Josiah Duggar stays on top of non-religious pop culture trends makes it look like he is a little more open-minded and could be ready to take some bold steps outside of the Duggar bubble.
New episodes of Counting On return to TLC later this summer.