Back in January, Jana Duggar celebrated her 30th birthday.
Especially in today’s world, 30-year-olds have their best years in front of them, and it’s not an age at which one needs to worry about what sort of opportunities may have passed, as so much more lies ahead than behind.
In the eyes of the Duggar family, however, Jana is inching dangerously close to old maid territory.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Gossip, a former Duggar employee claims that Jim Bob is deeply upset by Jana’s refusal to marry and have children.
Jana feels that as an adult woman, she should be permitted to make her own decisions, but it seems her notoriously overbearing father disagrees.
Furthermore, Jim Bob is reportedly concerned about Jana’s close relationship with longtime friend Laura DeMasie, and he suspects the two women may be more than friends.
Here’s what our insider had to say about the situation:
1. Duggar Discord
Duggar women are taught from a young age that procreation is their primary reason for being, and to waste one’s most fertile years as an unattached “spinster” is some sort of affront to God.
2. Standing Her Ground
Obviously, such a mentality is rightly considered absurd in most parts of the modern world, but it’s impossible to overstate the power of the systemic indoctrination that the Duggar kids are subjected to from early childhood on.
3. The Courage to Be Herself
We say all of this as a testament to Jana’s courage in refusing to succumb to the constant pressure from her parents to marry and have kids.
4. Still Searching
Jana has been courted by multiple suitors, but in her own words she has yet to find “Mr. Right.”
5. Life Under a Magnifying Glass
There’s nothing unusual about being 30 and single, of course, but remaining unattached is the ultimate act of rebellion in the Duggars’ world, and thus, Jana’s love life remains an endless subject of fascination for the family’s most devoted fans.
6. Father-Daughter Conflict
The Hollywood Gossip recently interviewed a former employee of the Duggars, and he confirmed that Jim Bob is deeply upset by his eldest daughter’s refusal to marry.