Life in Duggar world is all about weddings and babies, so it’s no surprise that there are currently three Duggars expecting. But, for the first time in a long time, no Duggar is officially courting, which means there are no weddings scheduled for the near future. However, according to new reports, that all could be changing very soon.
Sources close to the family are saying that Josiah Duggar is courting long-time family friend Lauren Swanson, which means wedding bells could be happening once again for the reality TV family.
The Duggars have yet to make an official announcement, but sources claim there is no denying the fact that Duggar and Swanson are a couple, and they are expected to make the announcement as soon as they return from their family trip to Australia.
Swanson made the trip abroad with the Duggars, which is a strong indication that she is more than just a family friend. She has joined the family on stage for public appearances, and she is already signing autographs as if she is part of the famous Counting On clan.
As fans of the show already know, this isn’t the first time Josiah has been involved in a courtship. Two years ago, he courted Marjorie Jackson before the couple called it quits not long after announcing they were together.
His failed relationship with Jackson made Josiah the first of the Duggar family to enter a courtship that didn’t result in marriage. The cause of their split is a mystery, but the 20-year-old did shed a little light on the situation last year during an interview when he revealed that the two had a good time together, but their timing was off.
“We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit,” Josiah said.
The relationship ended abruptly and not on good terms, and Jackson was reportedly set to write a tell-all revealing some dark Duggar secrets, but the book never happened.
The couple didn’t even make an official announcement that their courtship had come to an end. Instead, fans had to piece it all together after Josiah deleted all of Jackson’s photos from his Instagram page.
Since their split, Josiah has laid relatively low, keeping his social media posts to a minimum and rarely giving interviews to any outlet other than TLC.
We don’t know much about Swanson, except that she is the oldest of eight children and her family once made an appearance on 19 Kids & Counting.
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have also attended the same church together since they were kids. The new season of Counting On is set to premiere in February.