Whether you’re excited that she’s still on the market or sad that she’s still toiling away and single, rumors of Jana Duggar courting are false.
Just ask Jonathan Hartono, the man linked to “Cinderella” Duggar by various media sources this month, who came out and said as much.
Seemingly credible reports surfaced in recent weeks tying the eldest Duggar daughter, 27, to this longtime friend of the famous Arkansans.
Alas, like previous rumors linking the saintly beauty to Lawson Bates (or more ridiculously, Tim Tebow), it looks like they were just that:
The Duggar Family Blog, which is run by two friends of the TLC family, addressed the Hartono speculation and promptly shot it down:
“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. That settles that rather abruptly, no?
Insiders claimed that Jana and Jonathan, a Florida based student, were an item in early May, calling the couple “so sweet and fun.”
“Jonathan and his sister often stayed with the Duggars during breaks from school in the summer and over holidays,” said a Radar source.
“He was always over the house,” the insider added.
“They Duggars watched over him like family.”
We’ll give the tabloids this: Jonathan Hartono is a real person with a real connection to the Duggars, as his Instagram account proves.
He’s attended weddings with the family and even had a “date” with Jana’s father, Jim Bob … it just wasn’t about courting Jana Duggar.
Jonathan addressed that particular event with a photo and caption explaining the nature of his outing with the Duggar patriarch:
Bowling. He and Jim Bob and some others went bowling, and the “1-on-1” that occurred was of the tie-breaking playoff variety.
“Definitely did not have a 1 on 1 date with Mr. Duggar it was a 1 versus 1 tiebreaker bowling game with everybody else watching LOL.”
“And, no, not courting Jana haha God Bless y’all #stillsingle.”
Jana has not personally addressed the relationship rumors, but she did appear single on Sunday in a clip made for their mother Michelle.
“Momma, we’re so grateful for you and just the many years that you’ve invested in our lives,” Jana said, along with her siblings.
“From the late night talks to the early mornings and just getting up and fixing us breakfast. There’s many more things that we appreciate you.”
Fans showered Jana with Mother’s Day love in what appeared to be subtle shade thrown at Michelle, but that’s another story.
In any case, between Hartono, Lawson Bates and Lawson’s older brother Zach Bates, Jana has been linked to some quality individuals.
So why is she still single?!
Jana recently spoke about meeting “The One” during a sit-down with Crown of Beauty magazine, and admitted that it’s been difficult.
“I know how it feels to wait for ‘Prince Charming’ to come along. I’m still waiting. Waiting is not always easy,” Jana told the publication.
“We need to be busy with where God has us and being content and joyfully serving Jesus there,” she says, as her parents encourage.
“I’ve found that when I’m having a hard or discouraging day, I try to look for ways to bless or serve someone else,” she adds.
“In turn, it usually blesses and encourages me.”
That sounds nice and all, but Duggar Nation is growing restless amid speculation that Jim Bob won’t let her court (among other theories) …