Last week's episode of Bringing Up Bates teased an engagement, and fans were shocked to find out that it was Josie Bates' boyfriend Kelton Balka that popped the question. But now fans think that there was another secret proposal in the family, and that Carlin Bates and her boyfriend Evan Stewart are actually also engaged! So how possible is it that that's true?
Speculation of an engagement first began when Bringing Up Bates revealed that there would be a big engagement announcement the following week. Fans quickly began guessing that 20-year-old Carlin would be the next bride after her sister Tori, because she has already been courting Evan for nearly two years. Instead, it was Josie, who is only 18, and has only been courting Kelton for about 6 months, and dating for 10.
Then, recently, Carlin posted a photo of a double date with Josie and Kelton, with the caption, "Coffee date ❤️." The first photo shows both couples holding hands. Josie's engagement ring is prominently on display, but Carlin is also wearing a simple band on her ring finger. "Are you and Evan engaged?" asked an excited fan. However, the Bates parents give each of their daughters a purity ring to remind them to stay virgins until marriage, so that's what fans are seeing.
But the speculation didn't stop there. "Evan and Carlin are engaged. I personally know the Bates' and I know for a fact they are engaged and the wedding is in October along with Josie," wrote one user. "I live in Knoxville and I went to their church thank you." It's unclear if this is a true friend or someone trying to spread gossip, but there is definitely evidence that Carlin and Evan plan to stay together for the long haul. In the most recent epsidoe, she told her dad that she planned to move to Nashville together once she and Evan get married.
The couple is certainly head over heels, regardless of their engagement status. For Valentine's Day 2018, Evan wrote, "I'm so blessed to have this girl as my Valentine! Carlin, I love how fun and crazy you are, and the spontaneous adventures we have together! Here's a very rare photo of us both holding a dessert without Carlin having shoved any of it in my face! 😂😍❤️ #ILoveYou." If they aren't engaged already, we're sure it's just a matter of time!