Lately, it seems that a day can’t go by without another Duggar controversy. This time around, it’s Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband, Austin Forsyth, who received some backlash after a fan claimed he was using the money from their reality show to fund the family’s lavish lifestyle. But the new dad used the opportunity to clap back and let people know the show is simply a platform to share their religious beliefs.
An Instagram user wrote that without the money from the show Forsyth and his in-laws would quickly go broke since none of them have jobs, but they still enjoy trips, parties, and have a bunch of babies. The writer also said that it was very sad and a selfish way to live.
When Forsyth responded, he said that money had nothing to do with his decision to join his wife on her popular reality series. Instead, it was the opportunity to spread the word of Jesus.
“It’s amazing to me how people make emphatic statements about stuff to which they have no clue about. It’s crazy how much you know about me yet have never met me,” the Duggar husband wrote. “The show is to promote Jesus Christ and his goodness. I hope and pray you have a relationship with him.”
Back in 2011, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar spoke at Liberty University and explained that they agreed to let cameras into their lives as long as the show didn’t leave out their faith because their faith is the core of their lives. Michelle added that they have a family ministry and are sharing with the world that children are a gift from God.
And, contrary to popular belief, many in the family do have jobs, including Forsyth, who revealed in last week’s episode of Counting On that he is a pilot.
But again, that caused a stir, because when the couple welcomed their son Gideon Martyn last month, Joy-Anna said that her husband was looking forward to teaching him skills and taking him to work.
Fans started to immediately ask, just what can a baby do with his pilot dad at work? Could it be dangerous?
In addition to revealing what her son may do for a job, she also revealed that Gideon “liked to eat a lot” and he sleeps all day and is up all night.
Fans have also been quick to point out that baby Gideon is the spitting image of his dad even though he isn’t even a month old yet.
Gideon arrived on February 23rd at 3:39 p.m. and weighed in at 10 pounds 3 ounces. After laboring for 20 hours at home, Joy-Anna had to go to the hospital when she couldn’t dilate to more than six centimeters and the family discovered that he was breech.
Doctors ended up performing an emergency C-section, and after his arrival, both mom and baby were healthy and happy.
Watch Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on new episodes of Counting On, Monday nights on TLC.