It’s the Duggar rumor that just won’t die. Exactly nine months after marrying Austin Forsyth, Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth to the couple’s first child, Gideon Martyn, and seemingly put to rest any ideas of premarital sex and a shotgun wedding. But, a new report has surfaced that is once again accusing the family of lying and covering up a possible scandal. Did the Duggar family stage a birthing scene in an attempt to keep a big secret?
A recent Counting On webisode featured Joy-Anna going into labor with Gideon, and her dad Jim Bob, who is at his home, tells the family – including Joy-Anna’s brother-in-law Ben Seewald – that things are going slowly, and they need to pray for her.
After hours of laboring at her house, Joy-Anna’s family rushes her to the hospital because the baby is breech and doctors need to perform an emergency C-section.
Seewald then says that a C-section is always tough, and it isn’t what you hope for, but they will just have to wait and see how things go. The family then finds out that Joy-Anna had given birth to a healthy baby boy, and Seewald turns to his 2-year-old son and asks, “Spurgeon, can you say a boy?”
And here’s where things get confusing. In a congratulatory video for Joy-Anna, Seewald says that his wife Jessa told him about the baby news when he returned home from work, not at his in-law’s house.
“I was coming back from work, and I came in the door, and Jessa said Joy had her baby,” he explained.
Then, when Jessa asked him what he thought Joy-Anna had, Seewald responded, “a boy,” and then Jessa told him that he was right about the baby’s weight: 10 pounds and 3 ounces.
The apparent fakery comes after months of speculation that Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth had a shotgun wedding because they had premarital sex and got pregnant.
The couple moved their wedding day from October to May of last year, starting the rumors, and when she announced her pregnancy just a few weeks later, it added fuel to the fire.
Then, when Joy-Anna showed off the first pics of her baby bump, people thought she looked much farther along than she claimed. In her three-month picture, some doctors (who hadn’t treated Joy-Anna) said she appeared to be closer to four or five months along based on the photo.
Joy-Anna and her husband did break some of the family rules while courting, including holding hands during a home renovation and giving each other a full front hug when he proposed. But, the couple has always claimed that Joy-Anna got pregnant during their honeymoon.
And, because Gideon arrived 39 weeks after she walked down the aisle, his birth seemed to support her claims. But, the new seemingly fake webisode is causing skepticism once again.
This week’s episode of Counting On included a special extra hour focusing on baby Gideon’s arrival, and fans got to see everything from Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth sharing their baby news with the family via balloon popping to the 20-year-old going to the hospital to give birth.
New episodes of Counting On air Monday nights on TLC.