Rarely seen Duggars couple Justin and Claire reappear in their mom’s new photo after disappearing from the spotlight
Rarely seen couple Justin and Claire of the DUGGAR family have reappeared in a new photo after disappearing from the spotlight.
The photo was posted to Instagram earlier this week by Claire’s mother, Hilary Spivey, to mark the Easter celebrations.
Captioned “Easter 2023,” the photo shows the Spivey family, including Justin, 20, turned upside down for spring break.
The Counting On alum wears a printed long sleeve button down shirt tucked into blue jeans held in place by a leather belt with an embellished buckle.
His wife Claire, 22, wore a breezy white dress that hit below the knees and featured a decorative pattern across the chest.
In the comments section of the post, one of Hilary’s followers wrote, “Lovely family!”
Another person commented: “Happy Easter but I really covet Claire’s dress. So sweet!”
While a third commenter noted: “Happy Easter! Lovely family! We love all of you!”
Justin and Claire were recently praised for breaking their family’s strict marriage rules.
The couple tied the knot in a Texas ceremony on Feb. 26, 2021, and fans have praised Justin for being the first in his family to wait so long to have children.
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The couple haven’t shared any pregnancy announcements or addressed their parenting plans, though some followers believe they could “try.”
Several took to Reddit to discuss the situation and praise the couple for not rushing into parenthood.
“I will be the first to admit that they have defied my expectations. I thought they would be impregnated immediately. Instead, they just seem to be enjoying life and being teenagers (albeit married ones).
“I suppose it’s possible that they are suffering from infertility and are heartbroken about it, but I prefer to believe that they are happy and childless and enjoying life. They have the most ‘normal’ life you know?!”
“I think they surpassed Jinger and Jeremy’s record for the longest interval between a wedding and conception of a baby,” noted a second.
“Yes I hope it was their own choice and they actually learn how to grow up together,” commented a third.
“Glad they don’t get pregnant straight away,” claimed a fourth, while a fifth ranted, “Yeah, let’s just stop assuming you’re infertile just because no baby showed up.
“It could be that these two do NOT want children yet. Just because her cult pushes instant babies does NOT mean everyone follows those ‘rules’.
“It seems like a lot of these younger folks are moving away from the rigid crap that the IBLP is pushing. I say it’s good they’re doing their own thing,” they explained.
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Fans have previously speculated about Justin and Claire’s childless marriage – many say they believe the couple is breaking Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s strict marriage rules.
Many of the older Duggar children married and immediately went to work building families, not unlike the huge one they grew up in.
Justin is one of the younger members of the family who moved out and married as a teenager.
Still, fans suspect an announcement is imminent.
However, now he and Claire seem to be enjoying their time together.
The couple have been largely quiet on social media, with Claire’s last post appearing in September 2022.
She didn’t reappear to celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary.
Likewise, Justin hasn’t posted since January, when he announced that he and Claire had been working together to restore an RV.
That didn’t stop fans from taking to a Duggar messageboard and sharing their thoughts on the couple not having children two years into their marriage and why they might be holding back.
One fan speculated, “Maybe they’re the smart ones to use birth control and not have kids until they’re ready.”
Another suggested: “I think they use condoms.”
The Duggar family does not believe in contraceptive use.
Another simply wrote: “Hopefully they are and will continue to be childless by choice. I’d love to see them have a more independent adult life, but I know I’m barking up the wrong tree with that. “
Other commenters took the opportunity to speculate on what’s in store for the young couple.
One commenter asked, “You’ve had the longest marriage without a pregnancy (who were aware), right?”
Another speculated, “Claire will start pushing for a baby because her mom probably wants it.”
A third commenter wrote, “Surprised they didn’t pull a baby out.”