Duggar family's live-in tutor denies rumoured romance with John-David

The picture that started the courtship rumours: (From left to right) Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Jedidiah Duggar, Tabitha Paine, Jeremiah Duggar, and Jackson Duggar are seen here enjoying some ice cream after the Arkansas Razorbacks won the football match.(Duggar Family Blog)

It is always very exciting whenever romance starts. For a while, fans of the Duggar family from the former TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" were hoping that the Duggars' second eldest son John-David had grown fond of family tutor Tabitha Paine and that he was already courting her.

But it turned out that this was not the case. A lot of people had been asking Tabitha about her and John-David after she was seen celebrating the big win of the Arkansas Razorbacks with him and several other members of the Duggar family. Tabitha decided to address the rumour head-on.

"So glad you asked! It's easy to assume and few people branch out to find the real answer to questions like these. 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," she writes in the Paine family website.

However, Tabitha does not want anyone feeling sorry for her even though she is single. In fact, she assures everyone that she is quite happy and content with her current state.

"I sure do enjoy where God has me, and want to do as Jim Elliot encouraged: 'Wherever you are; Be all there!' Blessings!" she says.

Tabitha is the older sister of Chad Paine, who recently got married to the Duggars' close family friend Erin Bates from "Bringing Up Bates."