Does Little People, Big World’s Jacob Roloff hate his family? It certainly seems that way based on statements he’s made about the show and about Christians (the rest of his family are devout, evangelical Christians). Further, he certainly lives his life in a way that can most charitably be described as “different” from the way the rest of his family live theirs. But does that mean he hates them?
He Certainly Hates Little People, Big World
Reading through the things Jacob has said about the TLC show that made his family famous, he’s certainly not a fan.
For example, in an Instagram post from last summer, Jacob took the show’s producers to task for trying to manipulate “plot lines” in the family for the sake of the show’s ratings.
“For me, noticing how the agenda of the crew doesn’t work well with the health & happiness of our family is what made me decide quite a while ago that I would not be a part of it as soon as I was able.”
Similarly, in a February 2017 blog post, Jacob mentions a contrived scene in which his mother, Amy, and his father, Matt, were talking about their impending separation, when in fact, they had already separated and the producers were making them act a part.
“I saw tears in my mom’s eyes and I suddenly realized that this staged ‘joke’, ‘fake’ thing was effecting real life in a profound way.”
Does Jacob still hold it against his parents that they made him appear in LPBW for all those years, or that they and his brothers (and their wives) continue to appear on the show? It doesn’t appear from the evidence that that is the case. But then again, there’s no knowing for certain without asking Jacob directly. And from his blog and Instagram posts, it appears that Jacob prefers to dance around the issue rather than address it point-blank (more on that in a few paragraphs).
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Rejecting His Family’s Religion and Lifestyle
Jacob’s mother, father, and in particular, his older twin brothers are devout, Evangelical Christians, or at least, such is their public personas. Jacob, meanwhile, is not, and he makes no secret about it.
In another, lengthy blog post, Jacob tears apart Christianity.
“Christians yesterday thought it best to burn heretics at the stake; Christians today think they are at war with Islam; Christians tomorrow will think something new entirely, and better, I hope. I have no need and feel no rush to claim what I know will change in meaning in a few short years, or decades. Inner understanding is longer lasting and in my experience more outwardly impactful.”
Similarly, Jacob behaved in ways that don’t necessarily match up with how Evangelical Christians expect each other to behave. For example, while Jacob’s brothers and sisters-in-law have both spoken out about premarital sex, Jacob is, even as you are reading these words, on a cross-country road trip with his girlfriend, Isabel Rock Garreton. Considering that they’re living out of a truck, and considering that they’re both in their early 20s, you can connect the dots.
Carefully Avoiding Talking About His Family Negatively
Clearly, Jacob Roloff loves attention and loves having a voice. He has an Instagram account where he regularly talks about his experiences on LPBW or whatever else is on his mind. He has a YouTube channel documenting his cross-country road trip. He has a blog that is often filled with paragraphs-long musings on religion, the show, or whatever else is on his mind.
One thing that is conspicuously absent from his online presence, however, is anything negative to say about his family. In fact, when he mentions his family at all, it’s generally in the context of how he feels that they, like him, were manipulated by the producers of Little People, Big World.
So what conclusions can be drawn from Jacob’s reluctance to name names when it comes to his family? None. It could be that Jacob doesn’t talk about his family because he’s estranged from them. Or it could be that he’s taking the high road and not mentioning his family in his online presence because he’d prefer to allow his family members to speak for themselves.
Jacob Roloff wouldn’t be the first 20-year-old to have a difference of opinion with his family about lifestyle, religion, or whatever, and he won’t be the last. But that doesn’t mean that they are estranged. Lots of families have at least one family member who lives their life differently than the rest of the family. In some cases, that means they’ll be estranged. However, more often than not, they put their differences aside because they love each other and want to get along.
In other words, unless and until Jacob Roloff or someone else in the family specifically and unequivocally states, for the record, that they don’t get along, it’s going to be a matter of interpretation as to whether or not the former Little People, Big World star hates his family.