Josiah Duggar’s new girlfriend is already stirring up drama amongst Counting On fans. Josiah just confirmed his courtship with Lauren Swanson but fans are convinced that they’ve already broken the family’s strict courting rules. Are Josiah and Swanson violating the Duggar family’s religious code?
Josiah announced his relationship by sharing a few beachside photos with Swanson, who joined the family on their trip to Australia.
Although Josiah and Swanson are being heavily supervised, fans speculated that they snuck off for a romantic getaway, which is in violation of the family’s courting rules.
Josiah and Swanson did get a little cozy for a few of the photos, but there’s no indication that they weren’t being chaperoned on the trip.
Josiah opened up about his romance shortly after posting the photos on social media. The Counting On star gushed about his romance with Swanson and how thrilled they are to start a new chapter in their lives. He also revealed that he asked her permission to court when she was staying over his house for a girl’s night out.
Swanson had no idea that Josiah was home and was surprised when he asked her to take their relationship to the next level. There’s no telling if Swanson and Josiah will get married but it certainly sounds like they are already in love.
“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together,” Josiah shared. “Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I definitely say I have found a great friend… even better than I could have hoped for or imagined.”
Josiah has known Swanson since they were kids, though her family just moved back to the Arkansas area. Like the Duggars, Swanson comes from a strict family that values their religious traditions more than anything else.
In fact, Swanson’s parents are good friends with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, which how is she originally met Josiah. Swanson, who is 18 years old, is not active on social media so very little else is known about her personal life.
That, of course, will change in the upcoming season of Counting On as Josiah and Swanson’s courtship will become a big part of the show moving forward.
This is the second courtship for Josiah. He previously courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015. Jackson was only 17 years old at the time and Josiah was 18.
The two courted for around four months before parting ways. Josiah later revealed that Jackson pulled the plug on their relationship because she didn’t feel like the timing was right.
We can only hope that the same thing doesn’t happen between Josiah and Swanson, who are already off to a great start.
Fans can watch Lauren Swanson and Josiah Duggar in action when new episodes of Counting On are scheduled to premiere February 26 on TLC.