Joy-Anna Duggar FINALLY Addresses Pregnancy Rumors!

It's been less than a year since Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child, but fans are convinced she already has another bun in the oven.

Adding to the speculation is the fact that for months, there was no official response to the Joy-Anny pregnancy rumors.

Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar on Guy Fawkes Day

Joy didn't respond herself, and no one in her family had anything to say.

It was one of those situations in which many felt that Joy's silence spoke volumes.

Surely, if she wasn't actually pregnant, she would just speak up and set the record straight, right?

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth, and Baby Gideon on Thanksgiving 2018

Well, not necessarily.

The Duggars generally keep mum on these types of rumors for a number of reasons.

For one thing, they tend to favor a "don't feed the trolls" approach to coping with internet rumors and criticism.

On top of that, such rumors can be good for ratings -- particularly when they help to create an aura of mystery.

Joy-Anna Duggar with Son

So that may be why Joy has yet to issue a statement on whether or not she's pregnant:

As it is, fans may have to wait until the next new episode of Counting On to find out if she has any big news.

Rather than clearing the air with a definitive statement, Joy has further piqued fans' curiosity with this photo:

Joy-Anna and Austin at Christmas

What exactly is going on here?

Well, that's a surprisingly difficult question to answer.

We know that this pic was taken at the Duggars' annual ugly Christmas sweater party.

But fans aren't all that interested in Joy and Austin Forsyth's garish patterns -- instead, they want to know what's going on underneath those sweaters.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Family

Clearly, Austin is rocking some extra padding for the sake of comedy, but it's a little less clear what's happening with Joy.

Some fans think they detect a baby bump.

Others feel that those fans are falling victim to an optical illusion or being overly critical of a new mother's body.

Joy-Anna Duggar Short Skirt

A third group thinks that both Joy and Austin are sporting fake bellies beneath their ugly sweaters.

(We feel compelled to point out that their sweaters aren't actually ugly, but in the context of an ugly sweater party, that might actually constitute a compliment.)

We can't say for sure, but we're guessing Joy is loving the confusion.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on Counting On

She may not be as rebellious as Jinger or revel in taking down online haters like Jessa, but Joy has a mischievous streak in her.

We're guessing she knew that this pic would create a world of confusion.

And we're guessing that's exactly why she posed for it.