Another day, another Duggar engagement: on March 5, Josiah Duggar announced he is set to wed girlfriend Lauren Swanson, who might just be Carly Rae Jepsen. Yes, we truly mean that. Now, we know, we were all anticipating another Marjorie Jackson situation. However, it looks like Lauren is the one who is going to stick around this time and she already seems like a lovely girl. She’s — get this — a God-loving 18-year-old who’s been a family friend of the Duggars for years. She’s also platinum recording artist Carly Rae. Or so we want to believe. There’s proof.
You see it too, right? They have the exact same nose. Their eyes squint real hard. Their eyebrows slope in the same direction. When they smile, they show a solid amount of gum up top, which is an objectively creepy thing to observe and we need to spend some significant time away from the Internet after work tonight. The point is, Lauren looks a lot like Carly Rae Jepsen, and we will never be able to unsee that. Moving on.
Anyway, she and Josiah have been courting for approximately four minutes, but oh, what a magical time it’s been. When they declared they were courting back in January, Josiah was very sweet in his praises. “I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others,” he told People. “She brings sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her. It’s always stood out to me that in every situation, she looks for the one who appears to be sad or lonely and quickly can brighten their day by sharing words of hope, an encouraging scripture, a prayer or even a simple smile with them.”
And if you’re wondering what the Duggars think of this union, rest assured they’re over the moon! “We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord,” Jim Bob and Michelle wrote in their official family blog. “She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate young lady, full of zeal for Christ.” So yeah, they love her a ton.
What the Duggars fail to bring up, though, it Lauren’s incredible turn as Frenchie in Fox’s Grease: Live.
Anyway, as it would seem, Lauren’s already a regular fixture in the Duggar fam. She joined the clan on their recent trip to Australia, and apparently, the couple was signing Duggar books as “Josiah and Lauren” when some fans asked for autographs. Cute! It’s great that Lauren got to spent some quality time with everyone, especially since she has a new album coming out later this year.
Okay, on one hand, we get that they aren’t exact clones. Lauren wears her hair free-flowing, lacking Carly Rae’s severe bangs. Carly Rae has a more pointed chin and is missing Lauren’s chin dimple. On the other hand, they are 100% the same!
Anyway, suffice to say congratulations to Josiah and his new bride-to-be. We’re glad that they can finally get to planning their wedding now that she’s done touring as the opening act for Katy Perry. Clearly, we can’t get over how Lauren and Carly Rae are legit doppelgängers. It’s fine.
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