'Counting On' Fans Doubt Austin Forsyth & Joy Duggar's 'Courtship Story'

Wild fan theories suggest that Austin Forsyth wasn’t truly in love with Joy-Anna Duggar.

On Reddit, “Counting On” fans expressed their suspicions on Austin and Joy’s courtship story.

“I suspect that’s like a candy-coated version of the truth. Like maybe Joy always had a crush on Austin and he didn’t realize it..."

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“According to them, Joy always had a huge crush on Austin. But nobody ever told Austin that. Just one day out of the blue Austin woke up and thought 'I'll marry Joy Anna Duggar.' This... sounds... fabricated. Or the action of an invisible man god in the sky I guess,” one fan wrote.

Another theorized: “I suspect that’s like a candy-coated version of the truth. Like maybe Joy always had a crush on Austin and he didn’t realize it (sometimes people are really daft about that- especially teenagers), but because she liked him she was always friendly to him and so she wasn’t really a background player to him, and then she got older and he realized ‘oh Joy’s really cute and nice...’ and then it all kind of came together from there.”

While some fans believe that all Duggar marriages were arranged and not completely borne out of love, others make exceptions for Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo.


Joy-Anna is the fifth daughter and the ninth of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

She met Austin at a homeschooling conference as a child. Their courtship started in November 2016 and then became engaged four months later. They tied the knot on May 26, 2017.

They welcomed their first child, Gideon Martyn Forsyth, on February 23, 2018. Joy-Anna is currently pregnant with their second child, due in November 2019.

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Members of the Duggar family often face controversy and criticism, just like any other reality stars. For instance, Jill Duggar came under fire for how her child looks.

After sharing a photo of herself and her two boys, some fans were quick to comment that she was being a neglectful mother because the boys looked “malnourished.”

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💐🥰We had a wonderful 5yr. anniversary weekend in Branson, MO! We stayed at a bed and breakfast, then hung out at Silver Dollar City part of the time and saw our friends @southernraisedbandmusic perform. 🎻 . . 😃Derick surprised me with an amazing dinner (& lovely view!) @thekeetercenter at #collegeoftheozarks 🌼 (highly recommend! Such a neat place! 🙌🏻) #hardworku @sierrasaffle . . . 💕Thanks @datingdivas for the fun games and ideas! If you don’t know about them, check them out!! They’ve got lots of fun, clean, date/marriage tips and ideas! ❤️ . . 😄We ended our trip with a fun afternoon at the movies watching #toystory4 lol 👫 . . 👵🏻🧓🏼👦🏼👶🏻Thanks @cldilla & Bawpaw for keeping the boys! . . (📚 Note: We are not recommending the Kama Sutra. We believe marriage is ordained by God and husbands and wives should filter everything they read and hear together through the lense of the Bible and not practice anything unbiblical. The little book pictured is a modern, smaller, cleaner, edited version that doesn’t focus on spiritual aspects, homosexual, or other extramarital relationships, and again, we don’t take everything in there either as the truth. It is always good to be aware and careful of what we allow into our minds, hearts and marriages. We’ve not read the actual Kama Sutra and only promote biblical marriage (i.e. between a man and woman who are married). We just wanted to clarify since there has been a lot of discussion after this post.❤️)

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“Mom-shaming” is quite common for celebrities, especially in an age of social media.

While Jill is no longer on TV, she continues to update her fans about her family through social media.

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