Three years ago, Jordan Rodgers got down on one knee and proposed to JoJo Fletcher on The Bachelorette. Depending on who you were rooting for, it was romantic and genuine—but according to Fletcher, it almost didn’t happen.
The 28-year-old former Bachelorette star opened up about what went on behind the scenes of her engagement during the most recent episode of the Betches Brides podcast and explained why her 24-year-old fiancé almost didn’t propose.
“Jordan had said, ‘Unless this is 100% where we are both at, I don’t want to do it for the sake of the TV show and I won’t.’ There was this whole thing with producers not really letting him talk to my parents again after they had met,” she explained. Fletcher says Rodgers is traditional and wanted to ask for her parents’ permission before popping the question.
Fletcher went on to say that Rodgers “finally got into the place where he was ready. Obviously, in his mind, he thought that I was also in the right place to do the proposal, but my parents had already left. And so, he felt like producers were…strong-arming him and so he basically told them, ‘Listen, I will leave and I’ll tell JoJo that we can, you know, do this after, but I’m not going to just do it for the sake of the TV show.’”
Ultimately, Rodgers did propose, but he and Fletcher opted for a long engagement to make sure they had enough time to get to know each other.
“If Jordan and I were to have gotten off the show engaged and started planning a wedding right after, we probably would not have made it. It probably would have ended up in divorce,” Fletcher admitted. “And I hate saying that because I never would ever want that for my life, but I truly do think if we would have taken that route and rode out that high and jumped right into it, it wouldn’t have been good for us.”
Although the couple’s first year together was difficult, they’ve since grown from the experience and are now looking forward to exchanging vows in spring or summer of 2020. Rodgers even proposed again with a new gorgeous ring last month.
All’s well that ends well, right?