A Duggar-Bates Courtship May Finally Be Happening


Longtime Duggar fans have been eagerly anticipating two things for years -- that Jana Duggar finds a husband, and that someone in their family enters a courtship with a member of the Bates family. Both dreams could be coming true at once, as Jana Duggar is rumored to be dating Lawson Bates.


The Duggars took a road trip to Tennessee (where the Bates reside) last month, which may have led to increased speculation about the supposed courtship between Jana and Lawson. The families have been friends for decades, and Gil and Kelly Bates also have 19 kids, as well as their own reality show, Bringing Up Bates.

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Although there have been courtship rumors about Jana for years (remember when she was supposedly dating Tim Tebow?), fans seem eager for a pairing between Jim Bob and Michelle's oldest daughter, and the aspiring musician. 

Unfortunately, the Bates family shot down the rumors before we could really start wondering when we'd see a ring on Jana's finger. According to the Bates Family Blog (which is run by friends of the family), Kelly shared, "I think that probably Lawson and Jana would both be shocked by that news, although we have heard that rumor. They are very good friends but no courtships that either of our families are aware of."

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Fans won't stop shipping them though, and have speculated that they're just taking their time so Lawson can get his music career off the ground. One anonymous comment on the blog post read, "I believe it is true but he is concentrating on his career at the moment so is holding off announcing anything yet. That's what I think anyway. I love them both they would make a beautiful couple."

Beuatiful couple or not, we are going to take Mama Bates's word on this -- Jana and Lawson are not a couple. At least not yet.

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