On May 25, 2022, Josh Duggar was sentenced to o 151 months (roughly 12.5 years) in prison for possessing child pornography. This isn't the first time the Counting On family has made headlines for shocking reasons, and it likely won't be the last, given their reputation. Over the last year, rumors about Johannah Duggar being courted have surfaced. Reddit users, fans, and unverified sources alike have been weighing in on the possibility that the 15-year-old is currently being courted.
Here's what you need to know.
How old is Johannah Duggar?
In case you've lost track when it comes to the Duggar sibling birth order, Johannah is number 16 out of 19 in the lineup. She was born on Oct. 11, 2005, meaning that Johannah turns 17 in 2022.
Is Johannah Duggar courting?
The Duggar family has not spoken on whether or not Johannah is courting.
However, since 2021 there have been ongoing rumors that Johannah (who was then 15) was courting an almost 20-yearold man named Carver Bowers. Reddit users say they've seen social media posts that feature Johannah and Carver hanging out, and that she even went on a road trip with him and some family members. Some wonder if this means that this is a "pre-courtship" since Johannah is so young.
Pre-courtship is when people casually spend time together to feel out whether or not they're a good match. Sometimes, the pre-courtship "couple" is considered to be "special friends." This is something the Bates family, a family that belongs in the same Christian ministry as the Duggars, practice. But it's unclear if Johannah is even being pre-courted.
"I saw someone on FSU talking about how Johannah was supposedly pre-courting some kid named Carver? And he was a huge MAGA-ite and had Trump sh-t everywhere. I really hope it's not true, she was always so spunky and I want her to get out so bad," the Redditor who started the thread wrote.
Another Redditor claimed that there are photos of Johannah and Carver that stem back from August 2020, which would make her 14 when that was going on. "And there are pictures of them going back to last August ... when she would have been 14," they wrote.
One person wrote, "There’s this one pic of carver and his brothers and dad standing with the post girls and JB. It looks like a post betrothal agreement pic. It was taken after the bowers slept over at the TTH. I think around 2019." This is likely the photo they're talking about:
In May 2021, a source close to the Duggars reportedly spoke with Katie Joy from Without a Crystal Ball about Johannah's courting status.
Katie wrote, "Johanna has friends in Iowa — over the spring she attended a wedding and stayed with a family that the Duggars are friends with — Jackson was also with her. The photos circulating are from the wedding. She sang a song with him and three others. She also was seen in a car with him."
She continued: "My source says that Johanna is not courting anyone and not interested in Carver. They claim that she likes someone else, which was not disclosed. Carver may be photographed with her and may have interest in her, that part I could not confirm. However, Johanna was not at the wedding to see Carver, it was a mutual friend. They stayed with another family— not the Bowers. So, no, there is no truth to the rumor that Johanna is courting or even pre-courting Carver."
OK, but what has Carver Bowers said about dating Johannah?
A Reddit thread posted in August 2022 revealed that Carver addressed his relationship with Johannah via Instagram. "Are you dating Johannah Duggar?" the question was posed. To that, he replied, "No, person #8,256. Lol we're family friends."
According to Carver's Instagram, he's a solo-piano artist, entrepreneur, and singer for the family musical group, Bowers Family Singers.
Again, the Duggars have not made any statements concerning Johannah or any potential courtships. So at this point, it's probably best to respect their privacy. If/when Jim Bob and Michelle choose to make an announcement, we will be the first to let you know!