John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett stir up controversy after breaking courtship rules
'Counting On' star John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett stir up controversy after breaking two major courtship rules
It has not been very long since John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett, decided to get into a courtship, and the couple seems to have already broken a courtship rule. Since the announcement of the courtship last week, they have managed to join Instagram with their joint account.
The Duggar couple seems to be caught up in some controversy after they were caught breaking two major courtship rules. According to the pictures that the Facebook account Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray obtained, John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett were seen at a Walmart that is close to the Duggar family's hometown in Tontitown on June 26 when the pair announced the courtship.
It is reported that John and Abbie were at Walmart unchaperoned which is against the Duggar family courtship rules. The rule forbids any Duggar child to go on a date unchaperoned, and the dates are usually chaperoned by a Duggar sibling. However, it was not just the fact that John and Abbie were at Walmart together and it is believed that John, at one point, grabbed Annie's backside.
Any sort of PDA or physical contact until engagement is also against the Duggar family policy. All Duggar fans and followers have seen the other Duggar daughters including Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna adhering to all the rules.
They are only allowed to "side-hug" their partner until they are engaged to be married which is also when they are allowed to hold hands.
The Facebook account's post read, "I'm guessing John and Abbie are adult enough to not need a chaperone, though with the a-- grabbing, the Duggars and Burnetts might want to reconsider. If he's grabbing a-- in the store who knows what he's grabbing in the car. I hope they will explain on the show that they are bucking Duggar tradition and doing away with the silly chaperones." On the 26th of July, the 'Counting On' star John David Duggar announced that he is courting his girlfriend Abbie Grace Burnett.
According to US Weekly, Duggar revealed, "Abbie and I are just so excited, we’ve known of each other for several years. We fell in love very quickly. And it’s been a wonderful journey thus far and taking the next step to move onto a courtship." When asked where their first love bloomed, Abbie shared,"John flew in for a church event here in Oklahoma where I’m from. We really got connected then."
John David Duggar's parents also took to announcing the courtship and released a statement which read, "We are so excited to announce the courtship of John David and Abbie! John David brings our hearts so much joy and we’ve watched him faithfully pray, wait, and trust God for the right girl to come along! Now, a beautiful relationship has blossomed between the two of them. We can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in the future."
In the year 2014, the oldest Duggar brother Josh shared with People that the Duggar's "don't date, they court." "A courtship is a path toward marriage." While in the courtship period, the possible partners spend time together with family members who are present to supervise so that the young couple is never alone. At the time, Michelle Duggar said,"Emotions get heated the closer you get. You’re like two magnets being pulled together. You need boundaries."
The Duggar family is no stranger to controversy and Josh Duggar has not had the best of years and was allegedly accused of molesting his sisters and babysitter. Once the scandal became public, Josh apologized for his shocking behavior in a statement and said, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends."
"I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life," the statement further read.
Shortly after this incident, Josh cheated on his wife Anna Duggar. Anna rarely speaks on social media but decided tp open up and to congratulate the couple on their courtship. This is what the mother-of-five had to say about John and Abbie's courtship on Twitter:
Congratulations! So happy for you both! https://t.co/3UbUhQKi5J— Anna Duggar (@Anna_Duggar) 27 June 2018
She has stayed silent on all forms of social media post her husband Josh's conviction. The couple spoke about their situation in the year 2017 at the time they announced that they were expecting a child together. On their site, Josh and Anna wrote, "For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives as a family."
"Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We've learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year," the statement continued.