Could the Duggar family be bracing for another scandal?
Rumors are swirling after news broke that Joy-Anna Duggar, 19, and her 22-year-old fiance Austin Forsyth have suddenly rescheduled their wedding. The couple planned to tie the knot on October 28, but they've reportedly bumped the date up -- to this weekend.
The Daily Mail reports that despite a planned seven-month engagement, the couple will wed on Saturday, May 20. They got engaged in March 2017. An insider says that the wedding will be held close to the Duggars' large compound in Arkansas, where most of Joy-Anna's 18 siblings still live.
The impromptu switch has fans murmuring about possible reasoning. The Duggar family is famously conservative: Parents Jim Bob and Michelle don't allow any dates without chaperones, and in fact, dating isn't even called "dating"; it's "entering a courtship." The only permitted form of physical affection are side hugs, meaning that couples' first kisses take place on their wedding day.
After spilling details of the date change, the insider added, "That's all I know right now except I hope Joy gets up the nerve to run before then and live the life God gave her, not the one arranged for her by her fruitcake dad."
In a new pre-Mother's Day video created for Michelle, several daughters express their gratitude for their mom. After thanking her Michelle for helping her plan her upcoming wedding, Joy-Anna is shown smiling into the eyes of her future husband and saying, "I can't wait to be a mother myself." It's unclear when the video was filmed.
Joy-Anna and Austin have been friends for more than 15 years. His equally-religious family owns a Christian camp in Arkansas, where families can go horseback riding, practice archery and do other outdoor activities. In 2009, Austin's family was featured on CMT's "World's Strictest Parents," where it was confirmed that children are required to take a vow of abstinence until marriage.