While most of the Duggar kids have got married in their early 20s, the eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jana Duggar has forged her own path when it comes to her love life. However, her single status has fans curious about what her romantic life looks like.
Is Jana Duggar Married?
As of September 2023, it appears Jana is still single as she publicly hasn’t confirmed a relationship. The Counting On alum has shown few signs that she’s planning on going through the normal Duggar family courting process as her younger siblings have in the past.
“Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry,” the reality TV patriarch clarified to People. “With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”
Who Has Jana Duggar Dated?
According to The Sun, a Tumblr user posted a photo of Jana sitting next to Stephen during his family’s Christmas celebration. The photo was on the Wissman family blog but had since been deleted.
What Has Jana Duggar Said About Being Single?
Jana — affectionately labeled as the Cinderella Duggar by fans due to her single status — said questions about her dating life “get old.”
“Sometimes it can get a little, like, what? It’s not the only thing in the world to talk about,” the TV personality said during a September 2020 episode of Counting On. “As for now it’s nice, I get to do a lot of different things, but … I mean, I wouldn’t mind it. There are those moments with, like, all the different couples are hanging out.”
In a later scene, she noted how others are always trying to set her up. “People here and there … they feel bad for me! I’m like, ‘Whatever.’ They’re like, ‘Hey, I have a nephew,’ or ‘I have a cousin.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, thanks,’” she explained. “Some are like, ‘Oh man, are you picky?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t think so!’”
What Has Jana Duggar's Siblings Said About Her Being Single?
While promoting her expository book about her family, upbringing and controversial religious organization Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) entitled Counting the Cost, Jill Dillard (née Duggar) spoke about older sister Jana. Participating in a Q&A, Jill was asked if she "worries" about Jana “and her lack of ability to leave from [father Jim Bob's] hold or hold to [former IBLP leader] Bill Gothard’s teachings.” Jill responded, “I don’t know. I try and not meddle too much in my siblings’ lives. I don’t know where they’re all at.”
Jill additionally shared that Gothard personally invited Jana to work and visit the IBLP's headquarters in Chicago, earning her a disturbing family nickname. “We were new to the inner workings of IBLP, but we knew enough already to understand why it was only Jana who was invited,” Jill claimed in her book. “She was the only elder Duggar girl who was blond, and everybody knew that Mr. Gothard liked blond girls. We’d joke about it, calling Jana one of ‘Gothard’s Girls.’ It didn’t occur to me at all how strange, unsafe, and unwise it was.”
Jill continued, admitting that even if she had been aware of the situation in its entirety, she doubts she "would have been able to speak out against it.” She added, “I was still terrified of conflict and would do anything to avoid it.”
It’s unclear if Jana and Jill are on good terms as of publication.