EXCLUSIVE: Jessa and Ben Seewald's Awkward But Adorable Public Appearance Despite Josh Duggar Scandals
By Desiree Murphy
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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and her husband, Ben Seewald, attended another Southern Women's Show event on Saturday in Orlando, despite the controversy surrounding the Duggar family.
This is the second time the parents-to-be made an appearance at a Southern Women's Show. Last month, the newlyweds attended the one in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they revealed details about their married life and what they've been doing in preparation for their first child. It was the 19 Kids and Counting star's first public appearance since Josh Duggar's most recent cheating scandal and subsequent rehab stint.
An eyewitness tells ET that attendees at the Orlando show were encouraged to ask the couple questions about Jessa's pregnancy, how they are preparing to be first time parents, the couple's wedding details and their favorite parts about being married, and they did so rather politely.
"My favorite thing about being married is getting to share every day with my best friend," the 22-year-old mom-to-be responded to one of those questions.
Ben, 20, had an adorable follow up to his wife's reply.
"Now I've got a companion a friend -- someone to share an evening meal with -- she comes to work with me sometimes. ... It's great, I just love it," he said.
The couple then played a newlywed game, and things got very awkward when Ben was asked when he fell in love with Jessa. They both wrote their answers on paper -- and their responses were different.
"I think he says from the time he first met me," Jessa said.
"It was definitely attraction at first sight. I was like -- I need to get to know her a little better," Ben added. "So, yeah -- it was probably a few months in."
Ben's response caused the audience to go quiet.
"It was very awkward," the eyewitness tells ET. "The audience didn't respond at all -- it was deadly silent. On other questions in the game the audience responded and 'oohed' and 'aahed,' but when Ben flipped around his answer, people didn't say anything."
The source also reveals that Ben appeared uncomfortable the entire time he was on stage. "She's definitely more used to the media," they shared with ET.
Ben later made up for it, though, when he gushed over the moment he first met Jessa.
"The first time she walked in the room that I was at her church or something, and I turned around," he said. "I felt like there was like this light. The door opened. She came gliding in, holding her little sister's hand, and I was like, 'I think an angel just walked in the room.'"
While this Orlando event seemed to go smoothly, despite those iffy moments, their last appearance at the Charlotte show wasn’t quite as happy an affair. When the official Facebook page for that event posted a headshot of Jessa, almost every comment directed towards the 22-year-old soon-to-be mom is derogatory, as a number of people were not happy that she was speaking. Detractors claimed that Jessa was not a good role model, citing her lack of education and the family's scandals as two of the reasons why she shouldn’t have been invited to speak.
"Duggar Seewald is not a speaker," one wrote. "She nothing more than a cult home schooled education, she has NOTHING to offer. She was raised to breed, serve and obey her husband. You could of done a much better job of finding a strong and educated women."
Jessa Duggar Seewald will appear on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage at 1:00pm. Head over now to claim your seat!
Much of the heat for these appearances is due to the scandals of Jessa's older brother, Josh, which include the 27-year-old's admission to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and molesting five young girls when he was underage. For more on Josh's recent confession to his martial transgressions, watch the video below.