Last week, Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson in one of those massive Duggar ceremonies that’s attended by pretty much the entire population of Arkansas.
Duggar courtships are always of intense interest to the family’s legion of fans, but Josiah and Lauren attracted even more attention than usual for a number of reasons.
The most obvious of which is that this was not Josiah’s first courtship.
In an unprecedented turn of events, Josiah broke up with Marjorie Jackson for reasons that remain mysterious.
Adding to the enigmatic nature of Josiah’s love life is the fact that very little is known about Marjorie compared to others who have married into the Duggar clan.
It’s not that she’s been hiding from the public — quite the opposite, in fact.
The Duggars have posted videos in which Lauren introduces herself to fans.
Swanson has been a fixture on Josiah’s Instagram page, and we know she’ll be appearing on the upcoming season of Counting On.
But many fans think there’s something a bit … off about Lauren.
Maybe it’s just nerves, or perhaps it’s the fact that she seems to be reading her lines from a cue card, but whatever the case, it seems Lauren doesn’t give off the "giddy new bride" impression that viewers were expecting.
"Wow! Lauren was super nervous and obviously reading lines…But looked so beautiful!" wrote one YouTube commenter.
"Lauren sounded like she was about to burst into tears," remarked another.
"I guess that’s to be expected when you’re a teenager and have just been forced into a marriage to a guy you barely know."
"Super awkward; Lauren looks so uncomfortable & I want whatever drugs she is on because she looks stoned," a third fan wrote.
"She pulled away from that kiss quick."
Others suggested that Josiah might be to blame for Lauren’s bad case of the nerves.
"He seems like he’d rather be with someone else…. Like Lawson Bates perhaps?" one commenter joked.
Obviously, Lauren’s not totallhy comfortable here, but it’s really not all that surprising.
After all, not only did she just become a wife — she also just became a reality star.