JIM Bob and Michelle Duggar defended their 18-year-old son Justin’s engagement.
The parents insisted their kids make their own decisions about relationships “as adults.”
A follower asked the Duggar parents: “Why are you letting your kid get married when he should be in college, dating around and learning how to be an adult. And before fellow 19-year-old brides come at me for this comment, you missed out on a lot.”
The Duggars responded: “So far, our children have gotten married between the ages of 19-28.
“We always leave the decision of when to get married up to them as adults.
“We are so grateful for each of the Godly spouses they have chosen and we are excited to cheer each of them on life and love!!”
Justin’s older sister Jill married Derick when she was 23.
Joy-Anna was 19-year-old when she married Austin Forsyth.
Yesterday, Justin’s fiancee Claire Spivey was mocked for “praying” for him during his wisdom teeth surgery.
The 19-year-old was branded “over-dramatic” for making a “big deal” about the simple operation.
Claire created a large banner with Justin’s face on it reading: “Praying for our Justin! We love you!”
She gushed on Instagram: “How I enjoyed getting to take care of this guy after his wisdom teeth surgery!!
“He is such a trooper, and has had a wonderful recovery!”
“Thankful for every moment with him, even when it’s changing ice packs, and giving meds. ;)”
The Sun exclusively revealed Justin is now working for his future father-in-law’s construction company as a secretary.
The teen listed the Texas-based business Spivey Construction, which Claire’s father Robert launched in 2006, as his employer for a campaign donation, according to the Federal Election Commission.
His occupation is listed as “secretary” of the company.
His future wife Claire also has Secretary for Spivey Construction listed on her Instagram bio.
According to the wedding company Zola, Justin and Claire have registered their big day as April 16, 2021.
In mid-December, just a few weeks after the couple got engaged, Claire’s mom Hilary revealed that they had already chosen their wedding date.
Last month, Jim Bob recently sold Justin a mobile home for only $1.
Jim Bob bought the Springdale, Arkansas home this past May for $35,500.
The mobile home boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms and sits on a 4.01-acre lot, and Justin has since renovated it.
A Counting On fan recently asked Claire on Instagram about the timeline of her relationship with Justin.
The social media user asked: “I noticed you said you and Justin courted for 14 months, but on Counting On you announced to the family in May. Is there a stage before official courtship that you guys were in prior to announcing to the family?”
Claire replied: “We announced to the family for official documentation in May!! Until that time, everyone knew we were close ‘friends’ and we chose to not say we were official till May. So it was 14 months, we just kept 8 of them quiet.”
She added that the couple is “so excited to spend the rest of our lives together!!”