Joy-Anna Duggar Fesses Up to the Courtship Rule She Broke With Austin Forsyth

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth
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It turns out that Jinger might not be the only rebel Duggar out of Jim Bob and Michelle's kids! Joy-Anna Duggar was caught on film hugging Austin Forsyth -- before they were married. Hugging. Chest-to-chest contact, people, separated by only three or four layers of clothes! Scandalous.

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Of course the whole thing was pretty gosh darn innocent, but still. The couple participated in an after-show special airing Monday night after Counting On, along with several other family members, and addressed their full-frontal hug that cameramen caught just after Austin proposed.

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Host Daphne Oz inquired about the dating faux pas, as Duggar kids aren't allowed to even hold hands before they're engaged, let alone entangle their arms together and press their chests against another human being. Austin explained, "We're humans and sometimes we don't always abide perfectly by our rules. We try. That was a real hard try."

Joy-Anna may have been just a little bit more careful if she'd known the cameras were actually there, as she admitted that she thought they were alone. The film crew was hiding in the trees, apparently, out of sight and out of mind.

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Austin shared that Joy had requested a proposal outside of a public setting, like a restaurant. So he chose an Arkansas trail that was apparently so secluded, the camera guys couldn't even be seen. "I didn't even notice that they were there," she explained. "I thought it was just us there, and that was really special." Austin added, "Those cameramen look like trees."

These two are so stinking cute we're going to go ahead and forgive them for the accidental hugging. Seriously, they just got engaged -- more than a little hugging grace is needed here. And now that they're married? All the hugs they want.

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