Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are considered the most "rebellious" of the Duggar couples, after Jinger and Jeremy of course.
The couple admitted to breaking some courtship rules set out by Jim Bob Duggar, which if you're unfamiliar, as as follows:
- It's not "casual," the Duggars call courting "dating with a purpose.
- Group dates only, no one on one time until marriage
- There always has to be a chaperone, and it's usually one of the brothers
- Group texts only, and they have to involve mom and dad
- No kissing or hand holding in order to avoid "regrets" should the relationship fall apart
Another big part of courting is filling out a 50 -page questionnaire by Jim Bob. People weren't supposed to find out about it, but Jim Bob let it slip during an episode of the show. The producer instantly interrupted the daddy Duggar to have him clarify.
"I'm sorry, wait a second Jim Bob made you guys fill out questionnaires?" he asked.
It was confirmed by his daughters Jill and Jessa that the document does, indeed, exist. Jill even let everyone know that the document used to be 30 pages long, but was recently expanded to 50. The questionnaire focuses mainly on the potential suitor's religious beliefs and how they pertain to their lifestyle.
But even though Austin passed the literal test, he admitted to breaking courtship rules in a super scandalous way. Okay, so not really. But in the Duggar world, it's a big deal.
“The only time that I can think of when I overstepped my bounds with my future father-in-law was probably staying up talking past curfew," Forsyth lamented in an interview. "Just letting time slip past you and being in a good conversation...it’s really easy to do. That and probably going over the three-second hug. That’s easy to do.”
Chatting and hugging longer than three seconds? What SCANDAL. Alright, alright, that may not be a huge issue. But once Joy-Anna and Austin moved up their wedding, people wondered if maybe something else was broken as well.