Think 19 kids, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren is enough? Thank again—because the Duggars have added to their growing brood—and he’s about to become a reality TV regular!

The upcoming season will feature Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar’s 21-year-old daughter Jessa’s new boyfriend, Ben Seewald and highlight different aspects of their relationship.

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Jessa and Ben, who is three years younger, first met at church and officially began their courtship—which the Duggar family’s blog defines as “dating with the intent of marriage,”—last fall.

While they have plans to tie the knot soon, there won’t be any intimacy until they walk down the aisle! As the Duggar Family Blog puts it, “Jessa and Ben refrain from kissing or holding hands and always have a chaperone on dates, phone calls and even text messages.”

Mom Michelle confirms “they want to wait on the physical relationship until later.”


The next season of 19 Kids and Counting will feature Jessa traveling to Ben’s hometown to meet his family, as well as the boys putting the newest member of the family up to the test!

“Now that their courtship is official, the Duggar boys put Ben to the test, making sure he’s ready to take care of their sister,” the Duggar family blog says. “Later, the tables are turned when Jessa visits Ben’s hometown and gets hit with some serious questions during a double date with Ben’s parents. And the whole family reflects on what it means that a Duggar daughter may soon be leaving the nest.”

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The 21-year-old reality star isn’t the only Duggar daughter to be showing a new-found independence and maturity. Jessa and her sisters—Jana, Jill and Jinger—have a book, called Growing Up Duggars, set to hit shelves next month!

For more Duggars—and to see the details of Jessa’s courtship, be sure to tune into the season premiere of 19 Kids and Counting on April 1 on TLC!

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