Jill Duggar is happily engaged to her boyfriend, Derick Dillard! After just one year of extremely strict courtship, the ’19 Kids & Counting’ couple are finally ready to wed. What does Jill say the most exciting part of turning their courtship into an engagement is? They finally get to hold hands!
Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Engaged
Congrats to the Duggar family!
Their second eldest daughter Jill is now engaged to her boyfriend, Derick. As unexpected as it may seem, it was Jill’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, who introduced the couple!
The announcement came just one day after the April 8 episode of 19 Kids & Counting, which is when Jill reveals that she is “in love” with Derick. At the time, the couple had not met yet, and “dated” solely through Skype sessions.
Jill and Derick announced their happy news exclusively inside the April 21 issue of People magazine.
We are so excited to hear that another one of the Duggar kids will be married soon. Congrats to the whole family!
Derick Proposed With 2 Duggar Chaperones In Tow
Due to their religious belief, the Michelle and Jim Bob have very strict courtship rules their children. In fact, Jill and Derick were not even allowed to hold hands until they were engaged!
Because of the strict courtship, Jill and Derick were always chaperoned by at least two members of the Duggar family during their Skype and in-person dates.
On March 29, the couple were walking through their small town of Bentonville, Arkansas with Jill’s sisters, Jana, 24, and Joy, 16, following close behind.
However, Jill says she didn’t even notice when her sisters started lagging. Moments later, musicians came out of the bushes and began playing a love song written specifically for Jill and Derick. What a clever proposal Derick planned!
When Derick asked Jill if she would marry him, her response was instant: “Yes! Totally!”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Are you surprised that Jill and Derick are engaged? Do you think they make a good couple? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Lauren Cox