There’s never been a divorce in the Duggar family, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one!
Fans are always curious to know whether the Duggars are truly happy with their partners, and now we know that sometimes they really aren’t. Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have been rumored to be unhappy for a while now, and they just took a break from their podcast because life has been a bit too hectic.
Fans have always questioned why Anna Duggar has stayed with Josh Duggar after his numerous scandals…so whose relationship is headed for the chopping block?
Recently, we learned that Jed Duggar had secretly gotten engaged! Katie Joy, who runs the @withoutacrystalball Instagram account, was the first to break the major engagement news. She posted a photo of Jed Duggar and his new fiancé, Katey Nakatsu.
“Look what just showed up in my inbox,” she captioned the engagement photo. “Jed Duggar is engaged to Katey Nakatsu. Video coming soon on the wedding.”
Fans were quick to question the post. “Meh, looks photoshopped,” one fan commented.
“Reddit grabbed more photos of the proposal,” she captioned the blurry shots. “Looks like they came from the Zola Registry.”
This isn’t the first time fans have heard that Jed was in a relationship. According to Hello! Magazine, Jessa Duggar previously teased her brother about having a crush.
As for Katey, she’s also 22 and was planning to “seek opportunities to minister to and serve others during her single years,” according to her family blog.
This news came shortly after rumors that Counting On is going to be canceled, so maybe the family is trying to plan a quick comeback with this “secret” wedding?
“Wonder why they never announced their ‘courtship’ like all the others,” one commenter wrote on one of the @withoutacrystalball posts.
“I just wanna know why they’re keeping this a secret…” another wrote
Later, Katie Joy came back with proof of an engagement video.
“Still nothing from the Duggar Family – but the Nakatsu family just released this video of Jed Duggar’s engagement to Katelyn Nakatsu,” she captioned the video.
Katie Joy later shared more information about the engagement.
“I’ve had some people in my inbox – it’s all verified. The rumor is Jed & Katelyn were arranged by their dad’s Jim Bob & Kory,” she wrote. “Kory is wealthy, he owns condos, and a flight school. Apparently, they entered a betrothal – which is practiced by some in the fundie world. With a betrothal is different than courting & couples don’t announce they are a couple until they are engaged. Then they have a betrothal ceremony.”
The ceremony is what you all saw in their weird vows. Basically at engagement they pledge via vow to commit to being married & pledge themselves to the future union.
According to my sources, family’s that practice betrothal often don’t allow the couples to have any physical contact.
I’m told the arrangement was between the two fathers. They were courting for about a year before the betrothal ceremony.
It’s not known why they were so eager to arrange them – but I’m also told these arrangements also are financial in nature. This might explain why Jed & katey looked very awkward during the proposal and after… they don’t know each other well nor are they allowed to be alone together at all.
She then went on to explain the cultural significance of a betrothal for Katey’s family.