It's only been two weeks since we first learned that Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are engaged, but naturally, fans are already clamoring to know when the young couple will say "I do."
Now, the forthcoming nuptials have become an unlikely source of controversy, and surprisingly, the scandal has nothing to do with the fact that Joy-Anna is only 19 years old.
That said, Joy-Anna's age does apparently play a role in all of this.
Allow us to explain:
Several Duggar-related social media sites reported yesterday that Joy-Anna and Austin will be getting hitched on October 28, 2017, which would be Joy-Anna's 20th birthday.
A flood of congratulations began to pour in from all corners of the web.
Some asked for invites, others wondered why Austin and Joy-Anna were signing on for such a long engagement.
(3-4 months is the norm in Duggar Land.)
The problem is, the sites spreading the news are operated by fans, and no official Duggar outlet has confirmed the date yet.
That said, no one in the family has denied that the rumors are true, either.
The situation has prompted many to speculate that Austin and Joy-Anna have yet to pick a date.
That, in turn, has sparked rumors that they're taking their time due to Joy-Anna's youth.
Whether they're revealed publicly or not, Duggar nuptial dates are usually set within a few days of the engagement.
(After all, there's no reason in wasting precious baby-makin' time once the courtship is over with.)
The delay by Joy-Anna and Austin has many wondering if the couple has decided to take it slow so as to avoid another Josiah Duggar-Marjorie Jackson situation.
Josiah and Marjorie called it quits after several weeks of courting, and the breakup was followed by rumors of mistreatment from the Duggars and a tell-all memoir from Jackson.
Granted, Josiah and Marjorie never made it to the courtship stage, but it's not hard to see how the situation might have left the family a bit shell-shocked.
Of course, the more likely explanation is that Joy-Anna and Austin are simply holding off on releasing any information so that they can save all the big reveals for the next season of Counting On.
After all, what's the point of getting married if you can't score a ratings boost from it?
Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for Joy-Anna and Austin's big day.
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