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 — who just recently got engaged. She's absolutely beautiful, smart, has an amazing Instagram, and a hunky fiancé! 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 betrothed adult.

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Looking forward to many more years with you 😍💞

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Who is Josie Bates' fiancé?

Yes, we did say "betrothed adult." In Touch broke the story just last week that Kelton Balka got down on one knee. Josie has been with him since 2017, and now they're going 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. 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." Considering her sister, Carlin, is now the only member of the family who is courting, they may be the next Bates wedding!

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This girl makes Monday not so bad ❤️

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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!

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