VIDEO Joy-Anna Duggar is officially holding hands with Austin Forsyth


Another Duggar daughter is ready to wed as the family officially announced that Joy-Anna Duggar is engaged to Austin Forsyth.

TLC, the network that airs Counting On, posted a video in which the happy couple shared the good news.

Austin: Joy-Anna and I just got engaged.

Joy-Anna: We were going to go horse riding and I decided to bring Johanna and Jennifer along because I knew that they would enjoy that. They got to be the chaperones for this date. Austin made this day really really special and then he asked me to marry him and I said yes.

Austin: I knew we were ready for this next step because everything fell into place. The OK from Mr. Duggar and my dad and just timing on the Lord. Everything was just perfect.

Joy-Anna, 19, told viewers during a November episode of Counting On that she and Austin had entered into and official courtship. The pair had been friends for nearly 15 years before deciding to become romantic. She leaned a lot on older married sisters Jill, Jessa and Jinger for advice on navigating the strict dating rituals practiced by the family that prohibits kissing until marriage and limits physical contact to side-hugs.

The excited and eager Duggar added, “Now that we are engaged we are holding hands. So that’s pretty special… Thanks everyone for your support and well wishes for us. We’re so excited.”

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  • jeff

    19 years old ahahaha. Yeah, sure, there’s a small percentage of people who have met their future spouse at 19 and are happy. But really, REALLY, imaging marrying your first teenage love. Yeah, that’s right. shudder with me.

    This family is insane. I can’t wait to watch 19 Scandals and Counting, because you just know the future is full of these for this family.

    • Bruja

      *shudders with you*

      Yup, these phuckers are still Creeping On! Wait for it.. Jill will be flying back from wherever she is ASAP for the wedding, and grabby handing the public to foot the bill.

      lawls, these assholes slay me.

    • Chu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

      I was 19 when I first started dating my husband then we married and soon after had our son by 20. He was my first everything not so much for him but I agree with you. It was rough as h e l l the first 3 years of our marriage. He was 23 when we got together and was so immature. Now we’ll be married for 7 years in May. He finally grew up and we’re happy and stable.

      If I could do it again, I would and just wait a few more years but then I wouldn’t have our precious son. So it was worth it 🙂

    • Anna

      I remember my boyfriend from when I was nineteen. We had some good times but it just sort of fell apart after a few years. He was still very immature and that was about the time my bipolar disorder started. He just wasn’t really supportive, he was fun when I was healthy but he was just awful when I got sick. Thank god we didn’t get married that would’ve been a disaster. That’s just the thing. The person you are at nineteen isn’t the same person your going to be at twenty-five. It’s not his fault, and it’s not my fault. It’s just life.

    • aj

      I was married at 18, celebrated 11 years on Friday. It’s a lot of work and it’s challenging.

      • LoLo

        Same here, we were both 18 & it will be 27 years for us later this year. We had our kids very young too. But, we did have lives before that & no one forced us or expected us to marry so young. Every circumstance is different. These girls are not given a choice. It’s basically beaten into their heads that they are only on earth to have babies & listen to their man. We have 3 grown sons. I would have died if any of them wanted to get married at 18 as they were not where I was at 18.

    • Jenn

      My husband and I were 18 when we met and have been married for almost 11 years… EXCEPT, I went away to college and we both lived our lives and had life experiences while navigating the long distance thing. We didn’t get married until we were 25 and had made sure we were ready to take that next step. And, yeah, it was a lot of work and most 18 year olds aren’t ready to put that work in.

    • Jessica

      19 is not the problem here. All these duggar girls are marrying the first person they date. And they aren’t even allowed to date privately. This family is a joke.

    • LoLo

      I agree. We got married at 18, we are 45 now. Still married. I had a rough upbringing & was going down a terrible path. Marrying him at that age saved me. We built a great life with wonderful kids. Now, with that said, there is a huge difference when it’s expected of you & you are told from birth that it’s your job to marry & pop out as many kids as your body will allow. They also are not allowed to date anyone before the courtship & the entire reason for the courtship is marriage.

      I went to the church they followed website & read the rules for marriage. OMG, it’s basically wife duties & how it’s her responsibility to be available, not question, keep thin & encourage her man.

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  • Anna

    How old is the next oldest girl? All those unmarried Duggar boys are going to starve to death soon. Lord knows they aren’t capable of feeding themselves and Michelle and Jim Boob certainly aren’t going to take care of their own kids. Poor Jana.

    • Guest

      I think poor Michelle will be forced to mother them now.

    • Alisson Leech

      Jana will have a breakdown trying to care for all of those people alone!

    • Jenn

      Excluding Jana, the next oldest daughter is 11, according to Wikipedia. I looked it up because Jim Boob is going to have start forcing the boys into courtships to keep the ratings up.

      • Lacy

        Good point! I think it’s kinda weird how young they marry off their daughters but not their sons. I also would like to know why Jana isn’t married, I mean obviously she has been raised and pressured to get married, I wonder is she has some alternative plan she’s not telling her parents. Plus it’s got to be awkward in her social circles, to have all her sisters married off but her.

        • Jenn

          There have been rumors (that I can’t find any evidence to support) that say Jana isn’t allowed to court and marry because as the oldest daughter it’s her duty to help take care of the children and eventually her parents. But, like I said, these are just rumors and I can’t find anything on the internet that confirms this is part of the Quiverfull movement.

          • LoLo

            There have also been rumors of her courting the oldest son from the Bates family & that she broke it off with him. He’s now married with 2 kids. Then I read rumors a couple of years back that Jana was gay. I would love to see how the Duggars handled that if it were true.

            • Jenn

              They’d probably send a gay child to a “treatment center” where they attempt to pray the gay out of the poor child.

              • Jojo

                A few years back I read rumors that it happened on the hush. One of the boys had shown unmanly interests (like I’m guessing that meant he preferred art over date rape? Or some such nonsense) and he got send off for a bit. I can’t confirm it or even find the article anymore, but, yeah…

              • LoLo

                That’s what I believe as well. With the # of kids they have they might have one that is gay. Jim Bob would lose his mind.

    • TA

      Unless JB allowed Jana to court/get married, we won’t see another Duggar daughter married off for a while… hopefully after they’re all off TV and forced to work actual jobs to support their growing cult.

    • LoLo

      Now that Jinger & Jessa are gone poor grandma has a lot of laundry to do.

  • Guest

    I don’t remember the other girls being allowed to hold hands with their fiancés?

    • TA

      They’ve all been allowed to hold hands after engagement. Even Josh and Anna.

  • TA

    She definitely has that “gaze at future/current husband as if the earth revolves around him while he’s talking” look down. Gag me!

  • Jessica

    I’m curious why Jana and the older boys are not getting married off.

  • Leah’s Cold Canned Soup

    Isn’t Counting On just a sneaky way of having 19 Kids and Counting back on the air?

    • Jenn

      Minus Josh. But, yes.

  • Aussie cathie

    Vomit bucket please!!!

  • thejungle137

    Aaaaallllll about the money, yep. Become nothing but a goddamned broodmare for money. Yeah, very Christian.

  • Guest

    How come Jana isn’t married yet? She gives off a gay vibe, so maybe that’s why.