The Duggars' live-in tutor addresses rumors she's dating one of the sons

Dec 4, 2015 at 1:24 p.m. ET

The Duggars' live-in tutor Tabitha Paine is insisting that she isn't in a relationship with John-David Duggar.

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In fact, not only is Paine stating that she is in no way courting a Duggar son, but she also goes so far as to say she might remain single forever.

Paine took to the Duggar Family Blog to clear the air after a fan asked her about the dating rumors.

“So glad you asked! It’s easy to assume and few people branch out to find the real answer to questions like these," Paine wrote. "I have been a live-in tutor to the Duggar children for the past year. Because we don’t do school 24/7 I am able to join in with the family’s work, and fun activities during the weekends and evenings. Hence, the reason why you may see so many pictures! But, I am in no such relationship. I may just be single for the rest of my life."

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She added, “I sure do enjoy where God has me, and want to do as Jim Elliot encouraged: ‘Wherever you are; Be all there’! Blessings!”

Paine is also familiar with the reality TV world. She is Chad Paine's older sister. Chad is married to Erin Bates from the show Bringing Up Bates, and the Bates family is friends with the Duggars.

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As for John-David, he is keeping quiet about all the rumors. His last tweet was in May 2015, but it could definitely be worth noting since he could very well be referring to himself.


Just because Paine and John-David aren't courting doesn't mean John-David isn't looking for a wife.

Who do you think will be the next Duggar to walk down the aisle?