As long as the oldest Duggar daughter, Jana Duggar, remains single, Counting On fans are going to have questions. And, they are willing to ask anyone for some inside information — even her disgraced brother-in-law Derick Dillard.
We all know that Dillard loves being active on social media. And earlier this week, when a follower asked him about Jana’s love life, Dillard quickly shut down a controversial rumor.
“Is Jana dating her friend Lauren? There are tons of rumors flying. Set the record straight,” the fan tweeted at Dillard. And, he simply responded, “Uh no.”
— The Ashley (@TheAshleysRR) September 11, 2018
The fan was referring to Jana’s close friend Laura DeMasie, who has appeared with Jana in pics on social media, has shown up in episodes of Counting On, and was also at the hospital in July when Jinger gave birth to her daughter, Felicity.
There are nine daughters in the Duggar family, and at 28-years-old, Jana is the only one of the older Duggar daughters who hasn’t married. Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna all tied the knot in their late teens or early twenties. And the younger four sisters — Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie — are 12, 11, 9, and 8 respectively.
According to OK! Magazine, Jana still being single as she gets closer and closer to 30 has caused a ton of fan theories as to why she hasn’t married. Jana is a Duggar phenomenon, as well as an enigma, and fans can’t help but try to figure her out.
Some believe that she is still single because her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, keep her that way so she can help raise her younger siblings. While others believe she is gay, and secretly dating DeMasie.
Of course, Dillard — a notorious homophobe — was going to shut down that idea, no matter if it is true or not. Dillard, as well as the rest of the Duggar family, have been vocal about their opposition to same-sex marriage. And Dillard has gone as far as slamming a gay couple on Twitter. Earlier this year, he called TLC stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s family a “travesty” when TLC promoted their show Nate and Jeremiah By Design.
He also lost his job on Counting On after a Twitter rant against transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
Exclusive: She’s over it! Jazz Jennings “barely follows” Derick Dillard, who has criticized her on social media multiple times, and says he is “irrelevant” to her. https://t.co/2Ou6TYKT5f
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 21, 2018
So, his response to the Jana rumor didn’t surprise fans because Jana and DeMasie wouldn’t let their families know if they actually were dating, out of fear of discrimination. One fan even asked why someone would waste their time asking the question because Derick Dillard would obviously deny it.
We may not know much about Jana Duggar’s dating life, but we do know she loves to spend her free time in the family garden. And recently, she and her brother, Jason, put together an “end of summer” movie night for the family in the garden, and they posted pics on the family Facebook page showing the kids sitting in front of a big projector screen.
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