Jordan Rodgers addressed his estrangement from his NFL star brother Aaron Rodgers just a day after winning the heart of JoJo Fletcher on the season finale of The Bachelorette
In an interview with E! News, Jordan said he didn’t expect his rift with Aaron to become such a big storyline on the show, but he “made a commitment to go on there and be honest with JoJo and make sure she knew everything.” He also said the Rodgers family didn’t discuss how his rocky relationship with Aaron would come across on TV.
“No, we didn’t discuss it. Like I said, I hadn’t seen the show before, so I didn’t really have an expectation, which may be naive on my part. But family things are always tough, and they’re always tough to address, let alone on a TV show.”
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As the Green Bay Press Gazette recapped, while filming The Bachelorette, Jordan told JoJo that he doesn’t “really have that much of a relationship” with Aaron. The former NFL and Canadian Football League quarterback went on to blame his older brother for the situation, saying the tension comes from the way Aaron has “chosen to live his life.”
Jordan claimed he was close to the rest of the Rodgers clan and had no ill will toward Aaron.
“Yeah, it’s not ideal, and I love him. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in his shoes and have the pressure he has and the demands from people that he has. Don’t have hard feelings against him. It’s just, uh, just how things go right now.”
Last week, Aaron Rodgers took a break from preseason training with the Green Bay Packers to speak with ABC affiliate WISN 12 about Jordan’s comments on The Bachelorette.
“I haven’t seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn’t really affected me a whole lot. As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just, I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition.”
Jordan Rodgers told E! News that he hadn’t seen Aaron’s comments, explaining that he and JoJo have been avoiding social media to preserve their sanity.
“Like I said, we’ve been trying as much as we can to not look at social media,” Jordan said.
As for JoJo, she said she spent many nights crying herself to sleep because of comments made in the tabloids about her and Jordan.
“I was very affected, and I always told myself to not let it get to me, don’t listen to the media, don’t listen to what people say behind a computer screen, but it’s hard. When you’re not used to it, it’s tough. I just learned to trust in our relationship and to focus on that.”
Jordan concurred with JoJo, saying he couldn’t bear to see how the “unbelievably false” press comments affected “the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with” at a time when he wasn’t allowed to publicly stand by her.
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But now that the couple’s engagement is public, Jordan said they want the world to see how in love they are.
“We want to show people how happy we are,” he gushed.
Despite all the Rodgers family drama, Jordan told People that Aaron will be invited to the wedding.
“There’s no scenario in which I wouldn’t want my entire family at the wedding, so absolutely, that’s something all of our family wants and hopes for at some point.”
Jordan also promised it was going to be “a big wedding,” and that he and JoJo would start planning the mega event as soon as they got settled in Dallas.
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