The Bates are basically the better version of the Duggars. They still have a big, loving family, and TV show, Bringing Up Bates, but they're also more fun and have a way better fashion sense (plus better haircuts!) Our newest obsession is Josie Bates, one of the middle children in the 19-kid clan. She's absolutely beautiful, smart, has an amazing Instagram, and a hunky boyfriend! Scroll down for everything you need to know about Josie.
How old is Josie Bates?
Josie is currently 18 years old, having been born on Aug. 4, 1999. She is smack dab in the middle of her 18 siblings, who range in age from five to 29. We've basically seen Josie blossom into a gorgeous young woman in front of our eyes. She was only 12 during the first season of United Bates of America, so we've watched her grow from an awkward pre-teen to a courting adult on the most recent season of Bringing Up Bates.
Who is Josie Bates' boyfriend?
Yes, we did say "courting adult." Josie has been with her boyfriend Kelton Balka since 2017, and it sounds like they're going to go all the way! On New Year's Day, Josie posted a photo front-hugging Kelton (we told you they're cooler than the Duggars) with the caption, "Looking forward to many more years with you."
Kelton was actually Tori Bates' husband Bobby Smith's roommate at Pensacola Christian College, where he got a degree in finance. BatesFamilyBlog.com says that Kelton "is also a licensed plumber. He is working in his uncle's plumbing business, both in the office and in the field." We're confident that he would be a great husband for Josie one day. Only Josie and her sister Carlin are currently courting, so they may be the next Bates wedding!
Does Josie Bates go to college?
Josie is enrolled in cosmetology school, where she's learning to do hair, makeup, and more. We think that's a perfect career choice for the beauty, who has amazing style herself! Whether or not she will continue to work once she gets married, we can't say for sure, but we love that she continued her education.
Does Josie Bates have an Instagram?
Yes! Josie started her Instagram account @JosBates in August 2016. However, she only has a few photos, mostly featuring her boyfriend and her sisters. It's definitely a fun way to keep up with Josie between episodes!