‘Counting On’: Critics Think Newly Engaged Justin Duggar Is Way Too Young to Get Married

That was fast! Just two months after Justin Duggar announced he was courting Claire Spivey, the two are engaged. The Counting on a member shared the news with his 40,000 Instagram fans on November 16, just a day after celebrating 18 years. Her girlfriend Claire 19.

Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey announced their courtship in September 2020

Justin and Claire announced that they were courting – Duggar’s family version of dating – in the last season of Counting on, which began on 22 September.

“God brought Claire into my life and I didn’t really expect it, but he brought her together right when I needed her” Justin said in a video posted to TLC website. “And ever since then, I have known she is the one I am most blessed to have in my life.”

The couple first met in the spring of 2019 after reuniting with a group of friends near Claire’s home town of Texas. But the Duggar and Spivey families have known each other for years. And like Justin, Claire comes from a large family – she is the eldest of six children.

Some critics believe Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey are too young to marry

Buggars tend to move quickly from courtship to dating. Justin’s older brother, John David Duggar, announced that he had engaged Abbie Burnett about a month after they publicly revealed that they were courting. Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo and Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson had courtship that lasted just over a month. So there is nothing weird about Duggar announcing that a wedding is in the works shortly after they start getting pregnant about someone.

What raises a few eyes – at least according to some Duggar family critics on social media – is how young Justin is. Air TLC Instagram post about the promise, several people noted that the news came just days after Justin turned 18. In Arkansas, where Justin lives, a person must be at least 18 to marry without their parents’ consent. .

“18 [is] so young. Live your children! ”Said one.

“This is far too young and I feel like they think this is the only way out for marriage… but that’s how they do things…,” wrote another.

While many seemed to think that Justin and Claire should not be in a hurry to go to the altar, few thought that a young marriage was not a bad thing.

“I think the family is pushing for marriage very quickly, but that doesn’t mean they won’t live happily together,” said one argument. Others said they married as teenagers and their relationships were happy.

Justin’s family supports his decision to marry

Figures of bride and groom
Figurines bride and groom DAMIEN MEYER / AFP through Getty Images

Part Counting on the audience may agree, but Justin ‘s family seems to be completely behind the decision to be beaten.

“Congratulations! Being married to your best friend !!!, ”said his sister Jill Duggar on his Instagram.

“Congratulations on your promise, Justin and Claire !! We love you both and are excited to celebrate your happiness with you! ”His parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote on theirs Instagram. The 19 Children and counting the couple knows something about getting married young. Michelle was 17 and Jim Bob was 19 when they married in 1984.

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