Shotgun wedding and premarital sex rumors have swirled around Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth for months – thanks to a mysterious change in wedding date and questionable baby bump photos. Conspiracy-minded fans assured themselves that once Duggar gave birth, the truth would come out, and now, it seems that time may have finally come.
Duggar and Forsyth welcomed a baby boy, Gideon Martyn, on February 23rd at 3:39 in the afternoon, almost nine months to the day after tying the knot.
Duggar and Forsyth got married on May 26th last year, so now skeptical fans can put their suspicions and theories to rest. It seems the new parents conceived either on their wedding night or during the first days of their honeymoon to Switzerland.
Both mom and baby are doing well, and the couple has already released a statement about the birth plus the first photo of the new family.
“We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth,” said the couple. “Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are so thankful.”
However, just hours before Gideon’s arrival, someone made a last-ditch attempt at spreading more rumors by editing Duggar’s Wikipedia page and writing that she had given birth to a baby girl named Julie.
The fake news seemed to be an attempt at confirming the rumors that Duggar and Forsyth had premarital sex and it caused fans to freak out. The questions quickly came up as to whether the family was hiding the baby’s birth because it came less than nine months after the Forsyth’s got married. But, someone deleted the changes, and it turned out to be some kind of fan hoax.
The couple will be a big part of the new season of Counting On, with the show featuring their honeymoon during the premiere episode.
In the preview, the couple reveals that they are finally getting to enjoy some alone time together. And, now with the arrival of Gideon, we know they really enjoyed that alone time.
The trailer also hints that fans will get to see Duggar’s gender reveal to her family (they didn’t share the news in advance with fans), and we will also get to see the young couple renovate their new home.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth had hoped to finish up their home improvements before their baby’s arrival, but according to the reality star’s recent home tour, they still have a few projects left.
The time is finally here to get caught up on everything that has been going on with the Duggar family. The seventh season of Counting On premieres tonight on TLC.