Poor Jana! Fans of Counting On often feel bad for the eldest Duggar daughter — who is 28 years old and still single — but now there’s another reason to be sympathetic towards her: She shares a bedroom with four of her siblings. Oh, and they’re all under the age of 12…
A reddit user pointed out, “Jana is 28 years old and shares a bedroom with 4 kids under 12. Does this bother anyone else?” before adding, “Maybe she’ll get her own room when she turns 30…” In response, one person wrote, “Yes. So much. I hope she has her own space sectioned off in some way so she can have SOME privacy.” Another said, “I remember in an episode she actually had some sort of wooden screen next to her bed… so at least she gets something.” They continued, “What’s more creepy is that back in the early days some were made to share beds… so some of the little ones would share a bed with the older ones.”
Recently, a 2016 clip resurfaced of Jana talking about her future — and fans accused her of subtly shading her younger, married sisters. When a producer asked a then 26-year-old Jana where she sees herself in five years, she seemed to choke up a little bit. “I don’t really know what the next five years look like,” she said. “I guess I still have hopes and dreams of well, maybe I’ll meet the one and get married and have kids and stuff. There have been different guys come along and ask but yeah it’s just not… they haven’t been the right one.”
And while Jana is more than happy to wait for the right one, it seemed a little like she thought her siblings may have rushed it. “It’s just one of those things, I’m like… I’m not just out to get married to the first one that comes along. I mean sometimes it can be tempting, like ‘Oh I really want to get married.’ In those moments where its like, your siblings that are married and have little ones, they’re like going out on dates together. It’s like this weird in-between stage. I’m not a younger one, but I’m not an older married one with kids. It’s just staying busy with where God has me right now and being content in this place and learning as much as I can.”
Some fans took her comment as direct shade to her sisters that married much younger. To be fair, they certainly didn’t hold out very long. Joy-Anna was just 19 when she married Austin, Jill was 23 when she tied the knot with Derick, Jinger was 22 when she married Jeremy, Jessa was 22 when she married Ben, and Joseph wed Kendra when he was 23 and she was 19. Don’t worry, Jan — you always have Laura!
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