This probably won’t rate as any kind of deal-breaker, but there’s another vitally important relationship hurdle that JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers must clear en route to their happily-ever-after.
The two made it public in Monday’s season finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette that they’re a couple. They’re engaged and already discussing wedding ideas. They’ve bought a house in Dallas — “in the downtown/Uptown area, the same area I’ve been in,” she says — and he’ll be moving here for her.
But Jordan still has to win the heart of JoJo’s dog.
“We have a child and his name is Jackson,” Jordan says.
“Let me just clear it up,” JoJo cuts in. “We have a dog!”
“We have a dog-child and he and I haven’t met,” Jordan continues. “He’s going to be my best friend and JoJo’s not going to be happy about that.”
Something tells us that JoJo, Jordan and Jackson are going to get along famously.
We chatted with the ecstatic couple Tuesday morning, the day after the emotionally charged season finale, in which JoJo agonized about how to let Robby Hayes down easy.
Why did you decide to start your lives together in Dallas?
JoJo: Dallas is home to me. My entire family is there. My work is there. If I had to pick up and move, I would do anything for love and for my relationship. But at the end of the day, it made sense and it worked out that Jordan was able to come. And if we’re planning a wedding, I need my family’s help!
Jordan, how well do you know Dallas?
Jordan: I’ve been there, but it was a quick business trip like a year ago, just in and out. I haven’t seen any of the city. Heard great things, but I know nothing — other than the Cowboys play there.
JoJo: He hasn’t had true Tex-Mex, so I’m taking him to have Tex-Mex. I can’t wait to show him the city, show him the places that I go, show him where he’s going to be grocery shopping. There’s a lot.
Heard great things, but I know nothing — other than the Cowboys play there.
Jordan Rodgers, on moving to Dallas
JoJo, when did you know that Jordan was the one?
JoJo: That last day, I was so distraught because I was saying goodbye to a man I really cared for. But regardless of how I felt [about Robby], I wanted to spend my life with Jordan. At the end of the day, I could never envision myself saying goodbye to Jordan. That’s how I knew.
Jordan, how long did it take before you knew you wanted to propose?
Jordan: I knew I was in love with her after our first one-on-one date. I told her after our second. I knew I wanted to propose after hometown dates. Seeing her with my family and feeling so good about that, that’s when I knew she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
I think right now — this is embarrassing that I already know this — I like an outdoor, kind of rustic wedding.
What kind of wedding might it be? Big? Small? Any theme in particular?
JoJo: I have the biggest family and I know my mom already has the largest list of people to invite, so it will probably be big. I’ve actually started sending him — this is embarrassing — Pinterest photos of types of weddings.
Jordan: We’re on the same page of what it should look like.
JoJo: I think right now — this is embarrassing that I already know this — I like an outdoor, kind of rustic wedding.
After Monday’s finale ended with the proposal, after the cameras went away, what did you do in Thailand to celebrate?
JoJo: We got a couple of extra days in Thailand together. The entire production team left except for a couple of people. So it was just him and me at this beautiful resort. We laid in bed, went to the pool, walked on the beach. We did all the things together that we hadn’t been able to do. It was unbelievable.
Jordan Rodgers is the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but they are estranged, he revealed on the show.
Was it hard, after that, to put the relationship on hold until the finale aired?
JoJo: It was tough. You go from this high of being engaged and madly in love to being separated and ... having to face an overwhelming amount of scrutiny from the tabloids. We had each other to call and to talk about it, but that’s it. So we leaned on each other.
What are some of the quirks you’ve discovered about your future spouse?
JoJo: He’s so much weirder than I ever thought he was, and I love it so much. He does a weird accent. He breaks down in song and dance every now and then, which I also do.
Jordan: For the amount that she says she’s not a good dancer, it’s amazing how much she practices around the house indoors. She baby-talks a little bit. And her obsession for refried beans!