Counting On's Jed Duggar Marries Katey Nakatsu After One Year of Courtship
Jed Duggar, 22, is officially a married man! The reality TV personality married Katey Nakatsu in an outdoor ceremony in Arkansas over the weekend.
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Jedidiah Duggar is officially off-the-market!
After nearly one year of courtship, the 22-year-old Counting On star married Katey Nakatsu in a surprise wedding ceremony. The 10th child of Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar shared the exciting marriage news on Easter Sunday on Instagram.
"For a long time I have prayed for my future spouse, not knowing who that person would be," Jed began his caption on April 4. "God answered my prayers far beyond what I could have ever imagined in Katey!"
"We have enjoyed quietly developing our relationship over the past year and every moment together has been amazing!" he continued, "I'm so grateful God brought Katey into my life and excited to share with you all that today she became my wife! Katey, the thought of sharing the rest of my life with you makes me the happiest man in the world! I love you so much!!"
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Moreover, the official Duggar family Instagram expressed their excitement for the newly married couple.
"We are overjoyed about adding another daughter-in-love to our family!!" a message read. "Jed and Katey have enjoyed a quiet, low-key relationship that has allowed them to prepare for a beautiful life together. Congrats to this wonderful couple on their wedding day! We are excited to see how their story continues to unfold in the future. Jed, we are so pleased with the man you've become, and Katey, we are absolutely delighted that you have joined the family!"
At this time, the family is keeping details of the wedding ceremony under wraps. Hello magazine reported the pair tied the knot in an outdoor venue in Arkansas on Saturday, April 3. The publication noted Jed's twin brother Jeremiah was the best man, while Katey's sister was her maid of honor.
Jed Duggar, Kaytey Nakatsu, Tristan Jamal Miller
While the Duggar family didn't publicly confirm Jed's courtship or their engagement, Hello pointed out that pictures of their proposal began circulating online around Christmas last year. Furthermore, Counting On fans speculated they began their courtship in early 2020.
Although the 22-year-old star's life is in the spotlight, he is known for keeping a low profile. So even though it's unclear when Jed and Katey's romance started to blossom, one thing is clear: They are officially husband and wife!
Find out what the rest of the Duggar family is up to in the gallery below:
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Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar
The parents of 19 and grandparents of 18, with two on the way (as of Feb. 27, 2021), started out as high school sweethearts.
Michelle has recalled being "saved" at 15. Then, one night, Jim Bob was making home outreach visits on behalf of his Baptist church and he ended up knocking on the Ruark family's door after his friend told him that "this girl from school that just got saved and is a cheerleader" lived there.
They invited Michelle to Sunday school at their church and, Jim Bob said, he prayed to god that they could be each other's spiritual leaders—though apparently their first meeting wasn't as memorable for Michelle. A year later, she applied for a job at the frozen yogurt shop owned by Jim Bob's parents. "You came to the counter where I was standing by the cash register and introduced yourself," Michelle remembered in a letter posted on the family blog in 2017 for Jim Bob's birthday and their 33rd wedding anniversary. "You were shy but very sweet! I really don't remember much about that conversation, except that you finally mustered up the courage to ask me if I would go to your junior-senior banquet with you!"
She attended the dinner with him at Shiloh Christian, but it was when they hung out afterward discussing the Bible for hours at her parents' house that she knew.
"From there, we believe our hearts were knit together," Michelle has said. "We graduated high school in May of 1984 and were married in July. I was 17 and Jim Bob was 19."
Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar
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The couple dedicated themselves to God and each other for the long run.
Jim Bob is a former state legislator, having served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for the sixth district from 1999 until 2002, during which he was vice chair of the House of Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee. A run for U.S. Senate in 2002 ended in the primary, as did a bid in 2006 to become the Republican nominee for Arkansas State Senate District 35.
He and Michelle, who are both licensed realtors, have been active in conservative causes—an aspect of their lifestyle that won them and 19 Kids and Counting (which premiered in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting) both fierce supporters and fierce critics. A robocall Michelle recorded in 2014 encouraging people to vote against a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville—in which she said she was calling to "inform" them of the so-called dangers of making it legal for transgender men and women to use the facilities they feel safest and most comfortable in—inspired a Change.org petition demanding TLC cancel their show.
The city council approved the ordinance.
Josh Duggar (m. Anna Keller)
Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest child, Josh, was born on March 3, 1988. After being home-schooled (as the Duggars would do with all of their kids) he too became a conservative activist, campaigning for the Family Council. He stepped down after old police records surfaced in 2015 revealing that he had been accused of molesting several girls, including his sisters Jessa and Jill, when he was a teenager.
Jessa fervently stuck up for her brother in a sit-down with Fox News in June 2015, insisting that the worst names people were calling Josh were "so overboard and a lie, really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims."
His wife also stuck by him, including after he admitted to being unfaithful. When he checked into a treatment center in 2016, his parents called it "a crucial first step in recovering and healing."
They were parents of three children—daughter Mackynzie (Oct. 8, 2009) and sons Michael (June 15, 2011) and Marcus (June 2, 2013)—when the scandal broke, and Anna gave birth to their fourth child, Meredith, on July 16, 2015, the same day TLC officially canceled 19 Kids. Their fifth child, son Mason Garett, was born Sept. 12, 2017, and their youngest, daughter Maryella Hope, arrived Nov. 27, 2019.
Anna, who appeared on Counting On without her husband, marked their 12th anniversary on Sept. 26, writing on Instagram, "12 years ago today we said, 'I do!' I'm so thankful fo
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John-David Duggar (m. Abbie-Grace Burnett)
Shortly after Josh was born, Michelle got pregnant again, but suffered a miscarriage. While she and Jim Bob were still grieving that loss and praying for guidance, they found out that twins were on the way.
"We felt it was a double blessing," she told Love to Know. "God was encouraging our hearts. We're still learning. It's really so unusual, because I breastfeed my babies, but my children are so close together. I have a baby and then eight months later I'm expecting. Just another unusual thing the Lord has seen fit to do with our situation."
John-David and his sister Jana were born on Jan. 12, 1990.
After a whirlwind courtship (they did "know of each other" for several years, though, before meeting at a church event in Abbie's home state of Oklahoma) and a short engagement, John-David and Abbie got married on Nov. 3, 2018. They welcomed daughter Grace Annette Duggar on Jan. 7, 2020.
"We are on Cloud nine about welcoming our own little Duggar into the world," they told E! News in a statement. "It really is amazing to think about being parents and having our own child to raise. We are thankful that God has blessed us with this new life, and we look forward to taking on this new adventure!"
On their 30th birthday in January 2020, John-David's twin confessed in a sweet message to him, "Ever since John and I were little we've been asked if we have that 'twin thing'. You know, the thing where you feel what the other one is feeling or know what the other one is thinking...Well, John, I've always answered that with a no—but now I can honestly say that the day little Gracie was born I felt every bit of happiness that you did, so I guess it must be real!"
Jana continued, "It's so sweet watching you & Abbie as parents! You're naturals! And the same qualities that have made you a wonderful brother will also make you an amazing dad."
As for her personal life, while being single at 30 isn't exactly unusual, Jana knows she sticks out a bit as far as her own family goes—and she has a sense o
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