JoJo Fletcher Reveals How She & Jordan Avoid the ‘Bachelor’ “Curse” — Exclusive
So, how do they beat the Bachelor “curse”?
Of course, we know there’s no real curse, but the franchise isn’t exactly known for its stellar track record in creating viable couples.
However, JoJo and Jordan aren’t one of the statistics, as evidenced by their normal life together in Dallas — including the recent romantic surprise she arranged for his birthday.
This amazing woman I get to call mine surprised me this weekend for my Birthday. I am not easy to surprise, and somehow she managed to sneak my brother and two of my best friends into town without me knowing for a huge family and friend birthday dinner. I love her more than anything, she is the most thoughtful, loving, selfless person I know! She continues to amaze me and I am blessed beyond belief to have her in my life. However bub....you set the bar pretty high for #30 next year
This week, the 26-year-old gal shared with us how they make things work.
Wetpaint spoke with the Bachelorette while she was in NYC this week, promoting her partnership with NFL for their 2017/2018 apparel and homegating collections.
The native Texan grew up watching football with three older brothers, so she loved being able to pair her two loves: fashion and football.
“Football is everything. We always had it on in our household,” the proud Cowboys fan tells us.
She continues, “Not only did I grow up loving football and being surrounded by it my whole life, now I’m still in it being able to pair fashion and football. It’s such an easy thing to do.”
For the sake of their relationship, it also helps that Jordan “doesn’t have a team,” she says.
“He watches all of the games,” she says of her SEC Network analyst fiancé.
“He’s very analytical about it. I just get real into a game. I will know nothing about one of the teams, but if I decide which team I want to win, I’ll be so into it.”
Though she reveals that they don’t often “butt heads,” they too have felt the pressure of bringing their engagement into the real world post-show — something that contributed to the aforementioned split between Nick and Vanessa, as well as the breakup of Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell.
She muses, “I don’t think we ever really know why these couples don’t work out.
“The best thing you can do, when it comes to the public scrutiny, is not let it affect you in a way that you start taking it out on your partner.”
The reality star concedes that, right after Bachelorette, things were “a lot harder.” But they’ve since become great communicators.
“In the beginning it was a lot harder because we were so new to this world,” she explains.
“There was a lot of negativity and a lot of things coming out.”
She adds, “The best thing we were able to do was focus on each other, believe in our relationship, trust each other.”
Now, she says the “teammates” just get stronger by the day.
“[We’re] always giving each other the benefit of the doubt, instead of looking at one another as someone that’s not on our team.
“I think it just comes down to pushing through those hard times,” she concludes.
So clearly her relationship with her fiancé is rock solid, but what about those with her Bachelor Nation pals?
Her Bachelorette successor Rachel recently stirred up controversy on Twitter, calling Bachelor friendships “fickle and fleeting.”
These Bachelor friendships are fickle and fleeting...#loyaltyRachel Lindsay (@TheRachLindsay) September 2, 2017
When we asked Joelle for her perspective on franchise friendships, she admits to having only a “great” experience.
“I met Becca [Tilley], one of my best friends, and we’re still best friends,” she gushes.
She then notes, “I think the show is amazing for a lot of different reasons — if you’re able to meet somebody, it’s amazing, it’s an awesome opportunity.
“But other than that, you make a lot of friends. I’ve had a great experience with it.”