Look, in our dream world, Jana Duggar would escape her family, follow her passion, and lead a full and exciting life doing whatever the hell she wants. But since we know she'll eventually find a husband and start popping out kids (like all of her siblings), we know it must be stressing her out to be 28 and single. Therefore, we've dug into her past and found one guy we think she should give another shot: the one the got away, Jonathan Hartono. Watch the video below to see more pics of Jon.
Jonathan apparently spent summers with the Duggars as an exchange student when he was younger, and he got to spend even more time with Jana during a mission trip to Southeast Asian back in 2010. The families have stayed close since then.
The duo was rumored to be courting in May 2017, after Jonathan was seen bowling with Jana’s dad, Jim Bob, which is apparently a tradition he carries on when someone asks to court one of his many, many children! Around the same time, Jonathan gushed about how excited he was to "finally meet The Spurge" (Jessa Duggar's son Spurgeon Seewald) which was adorable and made us think he'd be a good dad.
Unfortunately, not long after, The Duggar Family Blog shut down the speculation. "A rumor that Jana Duggar is in a courtship with Jonathan Hartono, a foreign exchange student from Indonesia who has been close friends with the Duggars since he and his sister Jennifer met Jana and John-David [Duggar] on a mission trip seven years ago, has been circulating in the tabloids. Many of our readers have been asking if the rumor is true, so we wanted to inform you that it is not. Jonathan has confirmed that he is still single and not in a relationship."
Well, here we are almost a year later, and Jana is still single and hating it. “I know how it feels to wait for ‘Prince Charming’ to come along. I’m still waiting,” she said in an interview. “Waiting is not always easy, especially in those times when all the married siblings are getting together and you can’t go along because you’re not part of ‘that’ group.”
But here's the thing: maybe Jonathan was Prince Charming! He has a lot in common with Jana, but he also seems to be more adventurous and fun and free-spirited than the people in Jana's family. Of course, he lives in across the globe in Indonesia, but wouldn't that be a perfect escape for Jana? Plus, by the looks of his Instagram, he's still single. Think about it, Jana!
Check out the rest of the Duggars — then vs. now — in the gallery below!