Duggar fans 'cringe' as Jessa's now-husband Ben Seewald asks Jim Bob & Michelle for permission to date her in old clip

DUGGER fans 'cringed' after watching a resurfaced clip of when Jessa's now-husband Ben Seewald asked her parents for permission to make their courtship official.

The couple – who have been married for seven years – documented their relationship during their former TLC series 19 Kids and Counting.

A Duggar fan page shared a clip from the episode on TikTok giving fans a major throwback from the family's earlier years on reality TV.

In the video, Jessa is seen gathered around the table with some of her other siblings as she anxiously awaited the result of Ben's private conversation with her parents – Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

Unbeknownst to her, Ben was actually asking her parents for their blessing so he can ask Jessa to enter an official courtship with him.

The trio had the discussion in what appears to be an office in their home where Ben made the proposition.

"I was wondering if we could make it official, if I could ask her to make an official courtship?" he proposed.

Jim Bob was the first to respond by simply saying "wow" before turning to his wife asking for her opinion.

As they held hands, the parents of 19 agreed to have Ben suggest the idea to their daughter.

In a confessional interview, Jessa revealed that the pair had been "friends" for the past five months before deciding to take their friendship to the next level.

"I figured this was probably coming before too long, but I didn't know that soon," the then 21-year-old confessed.

Ben then called on Jessa to join him and her parents in the office to finish their conversation.

"We've been praying and talking for awhile. I was just wondering if you wanted to make it official and if you wanted to officially court me?" Ben shyly asked.

Jessa responded with a smile on her face, "yes" before her mother embraced her in side hug.

The camera then captures her father's happy reaction as he's sitting off to the side filming the entire encounter.

"I'll tell you what, you can go ahead and give him a side hug," permitted Jim Bob allowing the couple 30 seconds of contact.

Jim Bob then explained in an interview the definition of a "side hug" claiming it to be less intimate than a "frontal hug."

The video concluded with Jessa admitting that she was "at a loss for words" when Ben asked her to enter a courtship with him.

Fans couldn't help but provide their feedback in the comments about the "uncomfortable" meeting, with one writing: "That was one of the most awkward things I've ever seen."

While another responded: "Omg. Cringed"


The strict rules instilled by Jim Bob, 55 and Michelle 54, are part of their conservative Christian lifestyle.

Among the rules, the women in their families are urged not to show their arms or legs, or wear revealing styles.

However, Jessa has continuously deviated from her family's Christian rules by wearing more revealing clothing, drinking, and sending their children to public school.

Over the weekend, Jessa 28, showed off her legs in a short jean skirt while attending a G3 Ministries event.

The ex reality star chose to wear a gray sweater and a skirt cut just above her knees.


And last month, the mom-of-four posed with her husband and children for a promotional photo while donning a pair of tight black pants, instead of her usual long skirts.

She also allowed her five-year-old son, Spurgeon to wear a pair of ripped jeans.

Back in August, The Counting On alum allowed her two young sons to dance at a family wedding.

Jessa's family reportedly avoid modern music because they claim the melody "promotes” sex and promiscuity.

Even Ben shared a video of himself dancing with their two-year-old daughter, Ivy.

The couple are also parents to son Henry, four, and daughter Fern, two months.

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