Earlier this month The Duggar family announced that Josiah Duggar is courting longtime family friend, Lauren Swanson. And in the video posted on the family website, they both seem giddy about the process, because what’s not fun about getting to know each other in the early stages of a relationship (or as the Duggars call courting, dating with purpose)?
News of a Duggar courtship always excites fans, but this time around things are a little different because Josiah has courted before and it didn’t turn out well. Could there be a secret reason why his first courtship didn’t result in marriage?
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson for four months back in 2015, but the couple ended up parting ways without an explanation. All five of his married siblings married the first person they courted, so the fact that the young couple split led to speculation that they broke up for a reason that the family didn’t want the public to know.
Duggar fans went crazy trying to figure out why Josiah and Marjorie broke tradition by ending their relationship, and the best explanation they came up with was that Josiah is secretly gay. Some even claimed that the 21-year-old had an affair with a young man, which prompted the end of his courtship with Jackson.
The two biggest pieces of “evidence” given by these conspiracy theorists are very weak, with one being downright ridiculous. But, the other might give some hint that Josiah engaged in some sexual behavior his family didn’t approve of.
First off, there is the absurd notion that Josiah is gay because he wears pastel clothing. Yes, that is an actual theory on Duggar message boards. The stereotype is no more than fans grasping at straws, and it is far from being evidence of Josiah’s sexual preference.
However, there might be something behind the second theory. Around the time Josiah ended his first courtship, he attended an Institute for Basic Life Principles cadet training program. This was reportedly not much different than the sex addiction treatment his older brother Josh received after his scandal.
Love is in the air! Josiah Duggar and girlfriend Lauren Swanson cuddle up in New Zealand while on family vacation – Daily Mail https://t.co/knH2iEfX37
— SYALIMA (@syalimadotcom) January 31, 2018
This makes some fans wonder if the Duggar response to their definition of sexual deviancy is to ship the guilty person off for some military-style reprogramming. Could a gay relationship be the reason Josiah attended the program?
While fans continue to speculate about Josiah’s sexuality, he is enjoying time with Swanson while they are on a family trip to New Zealand and Australia.
Cameras have caught Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson being touchy-feely during their time down under, with the couple even breaking the strict Duggar courting rules by holding hands, hugging, and possibly even kissing.
The new season of Counting On premieres later this month.