Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have a long list of strict rules for their children when they begin courting, but according to Radar Online, going to church isn’t one of them. The tabloid is reporting that Counting On star John David Duggar has started to skip church since announcing last month that he is courting Abbie Grace Burnett.
An insider close to the family says that this is a pattern for the older Duggar kids once they find a significant other.
“They’re always missing from church when they’ve started dating,” says the source.
The insider added that 28-year-old John David has not been to church since Burnett “showed up” in his life. Once Josiah Duggar and his new bride Lauren Swanson started courting earlier this year, they also regularly skipped out on the family’s weekly church services.
The family is multiplying at lightning speed these days. Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth welcomed a son back in February. Then, in early June Joseph Duggar and his wife Kendra Caldwell also welcomed their first child. And, Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, are expecting a daughter any day now.
There was also the addition of Lauren Swanson when she married Josiah Duggar on June 30th. And now that John David is courting Burnett, fans will probably hear another engagement announcement soon.
And, when Josiah and Lauren moved their wedding date from December 31st to late June, it sparked pregnancy rumors. So maybe there is another Duggar baby on the way.
As for John David and Abbie Grace Burnett, the couple shocked fans this week when they posted a pic of the 26-year-old wearing a Coca-Cola shirt and jeans. It doesn’t look like she cares much about Jim Bob and Michelle’s conservative rules, which already makes her super cool to many fans.
The couple confirmed the news that they were courting just last month, and they said that they had known of each other for years before meeting and falling in love quickly. They finally met when he flew to Oklahoma for a church event.
In addition to ignoring the dress code, John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett have already started their own social media accounts and went shopping unchaperoned. It looks like the couple is doing things their own way.
Fans will get a chance to see more of them when Counting On returns to TLC on Monday, July 30th.