What will Jim Bob say?!
As devout independent Baptists, the Duggars have strict conservative rules based on their religion about how unmarried men and women should behave. Not only are patriarch Jim-Bob Duggar‘s sons and daughters not allowed to casually date other people, but they have been banned from showing any physical forms of affection — aside from an awkward side-hug or two — to their betrothed before marriage.
However, unfortunately for the dad-of-19, not all of his children are so keen on following his orders. As it turns out, one of his daughter is quite the rule-breaker when it comes to premarital relationships!
Breaking the Rules
According to an ex-employee of the Duggars, the pair often went against patriarch Jim Bob Duggar‘s conservative courtship laws. Though the Counting On clan has a strict policies on how their unmarried children should behave, including a ban on most physical forms of affection before marriage, it seems the couple couldn’t keep their hands off each other before the wedding night.
She’d been alone with him several times. They got caught several times,” a source who’s said to be a former staffer of the family told The Hollywood Gossip. “I caught them kissing outside the garage door one night. They were standing in this little area where the cameras weren’t, and she went up and kissed him.”
The insider claimed Joy-Anna, 20, and Austin, 24, “ran like scared rabbits” when they were found.
“About an hour later I was in the garage, and Austin came up to me and said, ‘We’re only human, you know,'” the informant spilled. “I said, ‘I know you’re human. But when you make rules, you need to follow them.'”
As fans know, Joy-Anna sparked shotgun wedding rumors when she moved up her big day with Austin by several months in 2017. The reality star revealed she was expecting her first child — son Gideon Martyn — soon after the rushed nuptials, stirring speculations that she had conceived out of wedlock and changed her wedding date as a cover-up.
“She may have had sex before they were married,” the tipster told the publication. “She ain’t no sexpot, don’t get me wrong, but she was ready to be married.”