Carlin Bates Accused Of Stealing Joy-Anna Duggar’s Thunder

Joy-Anna Duggar Instagram, Carlin Bates

Bringing Up Bates star Carlin Bates Stewart is under fire for stealing her best friend, Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth’s thunder. A recent photo has fans talking about Carlin’s latest move and how it looks like she’s attempting to make everything about herself. Keep reading to see what happened and get all of the details.

If you didn’t know, Carlin and Joy-Anna have been best friends for years. These days, they don’t get to see each other too often. Carlin lives in Tennessee, while Joy-Anna is still in Arkansas. But it looks like they are still besties despite the distance.

Joy-Anna Duggar Instagram, Carlin Bates

Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth spills some big news.

As TV Shows Ace reported on Wednesday, Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar are expecting their third baby! The little one is due in May. When sharing the news, Joy-Anna and Austin shared a few new photos of their family, featuring the sonogram photos.

In her post, Joy-Anna revealed that Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart took the photos for them.

Carlin Bates Stewart gets accused of stealing her bestie’s thunder.

On Wednesday evening, after Joy-Anna posted her exciting news, Carlin shared a new Instagram post. She excitedly wrote, “Did a little photo shoot for my bestie’s exciting BABY news. We are SO thrilled for you, @joy4site and we can’t wait to meet the new little crew member.” 

She also posted a few photos from Joy-Anna’s announcement shoot. It looks like Carlin jumped into a couple of the shots as well.

Below, you can see a couple of the photos that Carlin Bates shared.

Carlin Bates Instagram

Over on RedditBringing Up Bates fans are talking about how strange this post is. Many are wondering why Carlin was included in the photos because it’s Joy-Anna’s big news.

Someone said it looks like Carlin is “making it all about herself.”

Another fan pointed out, “I admire Carlin’s ability to make any and every thing about herself.”

A few other Reddit users agree with these sentiments and wonder why Carlin felt the need to post these pictures.

Hopefully, Carlin got Joy-Anna’s permission to share these photos. It’s possible this is just the way Carlin chose to celebrate her best friend’s exciting announcement.

So, do you think that Carlin Bates Stewart is really stealing Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth’s thunder? Or do you think Joy-Anna probably approved this post ahead of time? Sound off in the comments section below, and come back to TV Shows Ace for more Bringing Up Bates family news.

Aubrey Chorpenning


  1. I personally think everyone is being over sensitive about this post. Joy & Carlin are bf’s so maybe since she was taking the pictures they wanted one together to remember the day. After all they don’t get to see each other very often. And as close as they are always FaceTiming & talking on the phone I’m sure Joy gave her blessing. And if not, well that’s between them isn’t it?

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