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Jessa Duggar engaged: '19 Kids and Counting' star to wed Ben Seewald

'19 Kids and Counting' star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald
'19 Kids and Counting' star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald
Photo via Ben Seewald's Instagram

“19 Kids & Counting” star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald. Fans have been speculating about this engagement for some time now, and it has finally been made official. People shared the news on Friday.

Though many fans have wondered if Jessa and Ben got engaged a while back, apparently it just happened Thursday evening. The two started courting just over 11 months ago, and many of their fans on social media had noticed that pictures never seemed to include Jessa's left hand lately. Apparently, however, that was more of a coincidence than a concerted effort to hold back any big news.

Jessa, 21, and Ben, 19, have been sharing plenty of loving posts about one another on social media, and there seemed little doubt that an engagement would be coming soon. Jessa's sister Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard in June, and their wedding will be prominently featured in the new season of “19 Kids & Counting” this fall. Will Jessa and Ben's wedding be featured this season too? It's possible, but it may well be that the timing of the wedding will push it into the next season.

Of course when it comes to the Duggar family, wedding talk leads to baby talk. Ben is also from a large family, as he is the oldest of seven. Jessa says that the couple is “open to having children and both want to adopt, too.”

On Thursday Jessa, who uses the name Jessa Seewald on social media, posted a cute picture showing her with Ben. She wrote, “I admire this man with all my heart! @ben_seewald, you're absolutely the best!” Neither reality TV star has mentioned the engagement on social media quite yet, it seems. Though fans have wondered about Jessa using Seewald on social media, some indicate that she previously said it was to ensure the names wouldn't be taken by others by the time she got married.

Congratulations to Jessa Duggar on her engagement to Ben Seewald! Though details of the proposal have been kept under wraps for now, fans can surely expect to see it all play out in front of cameras this season. The new season of “19 Kids & Counting” debuts on TLC on Sept. 2.

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