Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Counting On star Jana Duggar could be dating her best friend, Laura DeMasie. At the age of 28, Jana is the oldest Duggar daughter and the only one of the older girls who isn’t married. So, fans are dying to know why Jana is still single or wondering if she could possibly be dating someone in secret. Now, after months of speculation, DeMasie is clearing the air.
Last week, DeMasie broke her silence on the dating rumors after a fan asked Jana’s brother-in-law Derick Dillard if Jana was dating DeMasie. Dillard replied, “Uh no.” But when another fan pointed out that Dillard’s “uh” implied that he didn’t know, and the answer wouldn’t satisfy the masses, DeMasie stepped in.
“How about this then: No,” De Masie replied.
According to In Touch Weekly, fans started speculating that something was going on between Jana and DeMasie after they appeared together on Counting On, plus they have taken vacations together, and they have also shown up together on social media.
Fans pay special attention to Jana’s romantic relationships because she is doing things so differently from her sisters. And because the Duggar family has always advocated “traditional family values,” some thought that Jana might struggle to come out of the closet if she was gay.
However, she has said in the past that she is simply waiting for her Prince Charming, but hasn’t met the right guy yet. She added that it wasn’t always easy, and it was especially hard for her when her married siblings get together, and she couldn’t go along because she isn’t a part of that group.
Until Jana announces that she is courting someone, fans will have a new theory every few weeks about why she is single or who she is dating. While we wait for her to find the perfect man, Jana will continue to live with her family, since their rules dictate that women can’t leave home until they get married.
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This leads some to believe that Jana’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, are standing in the way of Jana finding a husband. She is the only older daughter left at home, which means she helps a lot with her younger siblings. Not necessarily the perfect situation for a single, 28-year-old woman who wants to find a man.
She may have a difficult time living her own life, but many fans are still happy that Jana Duggar has decided to wait, instead of rushing into something when she was younger that wasn’t right for her.
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