Counting On star Jana Duggar is still single and living at home at the age of 28, and fans of the show are desperate to know why. The oldest Duggar daughter is the only girl in the family over the age of 18 who isn’t married with children (or at least expecting), and this has led to multiple rumors as to why she has not yet tied the knot. Reddit is overflowing with fan speculation, and some of their theories are quite convincing.
“What if she doesn’t actually want to be a mother at this point?” one user wrote. “She’s been raising her younger siblings so long, the thought of having her own and starting over could be exhausting.”
Another wondered if Jana “missed her window,” and now she is deemed “too old” in her community. The user wrote that they would love to believe that the reality star didn’t want to get married and have tons of babies with the first guy who came along to court her. But, it is possible she missed her chance, and she and Jim Bob turned down an interested guy, and then no one else asked.
A third Reddit user believes that Jana has watched all of her other siblings choose the wrong partners, and she simply wants to avoid doing the same thing. There is also the possibility that Jana is single because she feels obligated to have kids as soon as she gets married, and she probably doesn’t want to do that since she’s had to take care of her younger siblings her whole life.
As In Touch Weekly points out, it is true that Jana has helped Jim Bob and Michelle raise all of their children, and she has been caring for most of her siblings since they were babies.
Recently, fans thought that Jinger Duggar attempted to subtly warn her big sister about the dangers of choosing the wrong man with a post on social media about the book She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle.
— UAE Sweet Dating (@UAESweetDating) May 7, 2018
However, it isn’t likely that the post was for Jana since her parents don’t allow her to have a social media account until she is engaged. There is probably a better way for the sisters to communicate.
Jana has made it clear (while throwing shade at her younger sisters) that she has never been out to marry the first guy that comes along. So, the real reason Jana Duggar is still single could simply be because she hasn’t met the right guy yet.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC later this summer.