If you’re a longtime fan of the Duggar clan, then you’re probably familiar with the name Laura DeMasie.
Laura is Jana Duggar’s best friend, and some believe her to be much more than that.
Yes, there have been persistent rumors that Jana and Laura are in love.
That may seem absurd in the context of such a strict evangelical family as the Duggars, but in Jana’s case, a secretive same-sex affair would explain a lot.
For starters, Jana is still single at the age of 29.
That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s virtually unheard of for the Duggars — a family that teaches their daughters that procreation is their primary reason for being.
Obviously, that doesn’t mean Jana is "single" because she’s not permitted to publicly pursue a relationship with Laura.
However, it’s worth noting that these two spend a lot of time together — pretty much every waking moment.
Laura assists Jana with her many household tasks, including homeschooling her younger siblings, and the two regularly appear on one another’s social media pages.
At one point, 33-year-old Laura lived with the Duggars in order to assist in educating Jana’s younger siblings full-time.
That’s all about to change, however, as Radar Online reports that Laura will be moving to Georgia to pursue her goal of becoming an interior decorator.
Laura has reportedly accepted a position with a company called Accent Decor, Inc.
She excitedly announced the news on her Facebook page this week, revealing that she believes design to her true calling in life.
“We were CREATED TO CREATE! Go create something beautiful!” DeMasie wrote.
Many fans noted that while the wording of the post made it sound as though Laura is planning to move in the near future, DeMasie’s other social media activity makes it seem as though she’s already left Arkansas.
The abrupt nature of Laura’s departure — and the fact that Jana has yet to make any mention of it — has led some fans to the conclusion that DeMasie was "strongly encouraged" to relocate by Jana’s famously strict father, Jim Bob.
That may sound like a reach, but considering how much of the Duggar media empire is based on ultra-conservative values, an openly gay daughter would be devastating to the brand.
News of Laura’s departure comes on the heels of another Jana-related scandal.
An alleged former suitor of Jana’s named Caleb Williams was arrested for rape last month after allegedly having sex with an underage girl.
So if Jana was ever romantically involved with either Caleb or Laura, we guess the past few weeks have cemented her reputation as being extremely unlucky in love.