The Untold Truth Of The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher

JoJo Fletcher stole Bachelor Ben Higgins and fans' hearts everywhere when she appeared as a contestant on Season 20 of ABC's The Bachelor. And while Ben may have left her heartbroken in the end, JoJo soon proved herself to be a shining example of how to beat the breakup blues.

After being dumped by Ben on national television, JoJo went on to become the lead for Season 12 of The Bachelorette, where she met and fell in love with former football pro Jordan Rodgers. Since finding the love of her life as the Bachelorette, JoJo has certainly shown the rest of Bachelor Nation the true meaning of the word "hustle." Between debuting her own fashion brand, starring alongside her fiancé in a house flipping show, and planning her future family, JoJo has yet to slow down — and we have a feeling she's not planning to anytime soon.

So, how did JoJo go from being the Bachelorette to being a professional house flipper? And how did she find her way to our TV screens in the first place? Keep reading to discover the untold truth of The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher.

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher wanted to be on Dancing with the Stars

JoJo Fletcher is definitely a woman of many talents. However, fans of the former Bachelorette will likely never get to find out for themselves if the reality star can cut a rug.

Much like the Bachelor franchise, Dancing with the Stars is a wildly popular ABC reality show that manages to keep viewers tuning in week after week. As fans likely remember, Hannah Brown appeared on Season 28 of the dancing competition — becoming the first Bachelorette to not only compete on DWTS, but also win the mirrorball trophy. According to a 2017 interview with Refinery29, JoJo would have appreciated the opportunity to show off her dancing chops on the show, but the former Bachelorette said Bachelor execs were reluctant to allow Bachelorettes to compete on DWTS after their respective seasons — despite allowing multiple Bachelors to compete.

"If it's a decision that [the Bachelorette is] making and their partner supports it, then let them do it," JoJo told Refinery29. She continued, saying, "You know, if your relationship fails because of Dancing with the Stars, it's not because of Dancing with the Stars."

The Bachelor taught JoJo Fletcher to love her freckles

JoJo Fletcher certainly has the look of a former Bachelor franchise star-turned-Instagram influencer, what with her long, healthy hair, clear skin, and enviable facial features (hello, eyelashes). And while plenty of people pay big money for hair extensions, lip fillers, or skin-perfecting procedures, JoJo revealed in a January 2017 interview with Allure that achieving her signature look was pretty simple. "I've always liked to take care of my skin and try new things with my hair," JoJo said. She continued, telling Allure, "Once I found something that I liked, I didn't really branch out."

While she prefers to keep things simple, JoJo admitted she used to spend time covering the freckles on her face. However, the reality star told the publication that her time on The Bachelor actually helped her learn to love her freckles. "I felt like they were imperfections," JoJo revealed. She continued, saying, "But I had an overwhelming response of people saying how much they loved my freckles." Added JoJo, "[When] I was on The Bachelorette, my makeup artist and I talked about not covering them up as much and allowing that more natural look to come through."

JoJo Fletcher applied for The Bachelor "the normal way"

JoJo Fletcher is one of the most beloved and recognizable Bachelorettes in Bachelor franchise history. As such, it may come as a surprise to discover that JoJo wasn't handpicked to become one of the franchise's brightest stars. 

As diehard fans of the Bachelor franchise likely know, some popular Bachelor contestants of seasons past were actually scouted in the wild by the show's casting agents. One-night wonder Joe Amabile — better known as "Grocery Store Joe" — was discovered by a casting representative while shopping at Whole Foods (via Chicago Tribune). And Chris Siegfried, the winner of Desiree Hartsock's Bachelorette season, was scouted while walking around Seattle (via Salon).

While JoJo undoubtedly had the "it" factor needed to be a compelling reality TV contestant, the Texas native surprisingly didn't catch the eye of any casting associates while running errands. Instead, she got on The Bachelor the old fashioned way. "I applied the normal way," JoJo told InStyle. She continued, revealing, "I went to a casting, I sat in a room with a bunch of girls, and it was one of those things where you've just got to put yourself out there."

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher had a scary experience while living alone in Texas

JoJo Fletcher had to endure some less-than-ideal living arrangements as a contestant on The Bachelor. After all, it's likely not easy to live with a bunch of women who are all dating the guy you're dating. Sharing bunkbeds and a boyfriend? No, thank you.

While rooming with her fellow contestants may have been the most unusual living experience of JoJo's life, the former Bachelorette opened up to Apartment Therapy about her most frightening living experience. Recalling memories from her very first apartment in Texas (in which she lived solo), JoJo revealed, "One time, my neighbor walked into my house in the middle of the night." Having gotten their apartments mixed up, the neighbor not only entered her place but even brought a date, the reality star revealed.

Fortunately, the terrifying incident was a simple mistake — but we're hoping that moment of absolute confusion inspired JoJo to utilize her doors' locks. They're there for a reason!

JoJo Fletcher would fight with Bachelor stylist Cary Fetman over this clothing item

JoJo Fletcher's fun personality made quite an impression on the Bachelor franchise throughout her Bachelorette season. And as fans of JoJo know, her impeccable style also left a lasting impression on Bachelor Nation. 

"[She's] a fashion girl," longtime Bachelor franchise stylist Cary Fetman told Who What Wear. "She's fun to play with," Fetman continued, adding that JoJo was "willing to take chances." However, according to the stylist, JoJo also had "certain restrictions" when it came to her wardrobe as the Bachelorette. One of those restrictions? Outerwear. 

"JoJo hates to wear coats. She says it ruins the outfit," Fetman dished to Who What Wear. He continued, saying, "We'd get in fights all the time, especially during fittings, and she'd say, 'I'm not going to wear a coat. I'll wear a leather jacket, but I'd rather be freezing than wear [a coat].'" Nevertheless, JoJo would eventually give in and wear a coat when it was cold — even if she felt like it might ruin her outfit — because, as Fetman says, "There's nothing worse than turning blue when you're on camera."

JoJo Fletcher met with Bachelor Ben Higgins for closure after he left her heartbroken

Before JoJo Fletcher met Jordan Rodgers, she had her heart broken by Bachelor Ben Higgins. Higgins took all of America by surprise when he told both JoJo and Lauren Bushnell he loved them, leaving JoJo completely blindsided when he confessed he loved Lauren more. As difficult as that moment was for Fletcher, watching it back was also difficult for Lauren — Ben's' then-fiancée. So, in an episode of the short-lived reality series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, JoJo, Jordan, Ben, and Lauren all met for brunch to address the awkwardness of the situation, find closure, and move on (via USA Today). 

"I understand so much more now the situation that you were in when it came to Lauren and me, and (I have) just so much more respect for you because it is not easy," JoJo told Ben, explaining that her time as the Bachelorette helped her understand just how difficult his experience must have been. Lauren also felt better after the brunch meeting, saying, "JoJo and Ben don't have any chemistry there anymore, and today really helps me move forward."

The first year of Bachelor star JoJo Fletcher's engagement to Jordan Rodgers was "bad"

After watching JoJo Fletcher have her heart crushed into a million little pieces on The Bachelor when Ben Higgins rejected her for Lauren Bushnell, fans were delighted to discover the Texas native had been chosen to be the next Bachelorette. 

Viewers tuned in week after week to follow JoJo's journey to find lasting love, which ultimately came to a happy end in 2016 when the Bachelorette excitedly accepted a proposal from Jordan Rodgers. However, despite the fairytale proposal, JoJo later revealed to E! News that the couple's first year together was anything but easy.

"That first year was just bad, really," JoJo admitted in the October 2018 interview. She continued, saying the tumultuous first year had inspired her and Jordan to take things slow and not rush into marriage. "I think the reason why our engagement is long is because we're enjoying this really great place that we're in and loving life together," JoJo told E! News. Hey, good things take time, right?

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher got started in real estate development at a surprisingly young age

JoJo Fletcher may be one of the most popular Bachelorettes in Bachelor franchise history, but there's much more to this gal than roses, drama, and made-for-TV romance. In fact, JoJo has a set of skills that likely would have helped her achieve significant success even without the added benefits of being a reality TV star. 

After JoJo and Jordan Rodgers publicly announced their engagement, the former Bachelorette returned to Texas (with Jordan by her side) and became a house flipping professional, according to a June 2018 interview with Realtor.com. As JoJo told the realty site, real estate development is something she'd been interested in for quite some time. "I actually started when I was in college," JoJo revealed. She continued, saying, "I developed and put plans together for a new residential build on my college campus. After we built it, my girlfriends and I moved in."

JoJo also told Realtor.com that both of her parents had ventured into real estate development as a hobby when she was a kid  — so flipping houses obviously comes naturally to the reality star!

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher has tried her hand at fashion design

JoJo Fletcher is a "fashion girl," according to longtime Bachelor franchise stylist, Cary Fetman. So, it should come as no surprise that JoJo ventured into the world of fashion design after wrapping up her time as the Bachelorette. 

In June 2018, JoJo launched her very own clothing line, aptly named Fletch. According to People, the reality star's fashion line was inspired by her own wardrobe, included a wide range of sizes for every body type, and only featured pieces that were under $150. Talk about a steal!

"Having a clothing line has been something I've always wanted to do. It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember but it wasn't until a couple of years ago I seriously started exploring the fashion retail space," JoJo told People. She continued, saying, "It was important to me to make high-quality items but at an affordable price."

JoJo Fletcher says this was the scariest part of being on The Bachelor

JoJo Fletcher is a woman who seems totally fearless. After all, it takes a lot of courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable in your relationship, especially knowing it will play out for all to see on national television.

Despite seeming fearless, though, JoJo does, in fact, have fears. As the reality star revealed to CNBC Make It, leaving her home state of Texas to appear as a contestant on Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor was quite a terrifying experience. "It's kind of scary, because if you do get selected, you pretty much have to quit your job," JoJo told CNBC of the true cost of The Bachelor. She continued, saying, "If you do have to quit your job, you're kind of putting your financial situation at risk."

Giving up her financial security for a shot at love was surely difficult for JoJo. When asked if she had any advice for aspiring Bachelor contestants, JoJo responded, "I would really just make smart choices with your money, [and] save where you can."

JoJo Fletcher is still really close with one of her former Bachelor castmates

JoJo Fletcher had one of the most entertaining and memorable Bachelorette seasons of all time. However, since wrapping up her season with an engagement to Jordan Rodgers, JoJo has largely removed herself from the Bachelor franchise. It doesn't seem like JoJo harbors any ill will toward the show, rather she's just been really, really busy with her post-Bachelorette life.

Still, JoJo has maintained some key friendships she's made within the franchise — and one bond seems particularly special to the reality star. "Becca [Tilley] is one of my best friends," JoJo told Entertainment Tonight in an August 2019 interview. She continued, saying, "Becca will be [at our wedding]. She's really one of the only ones that I've stayed really close to throughout [everything]."

According to JoJo, she and Jordan aren't as involved in the franchise as other former contestants because they didn't stay in Los Angeles after the show. "We really thought it was important to get back home, so some of those relationships I feel like we've lost contact," JoJo explained. 

Cash Pad brought Bachelor Nation couple JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers closer together

Fans saw JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers get engaged on the season finale of The Bachelorette Season 12. Despite the romantic proposal, though, many wondered if JoJo and Jordan had what it takes to make a Bachelor Nation relationship really work. 

Fortunately, it seems JoJo and Jordan have proved those who doubted them to be wrong. At the time of this writing, the couple appears to be stronger, happier, and more in love than ever — even debuting their own house flipping reality show in July 2019. Called Cash Pad, the series follows the lovebirds as they help turn lackluster properties into lavish short-term rentals. And, according to the couple, working together on the CNBC series actually brought them closer together. 

"We [renovate] these properties in seven days, and although we plan it for months, something inevitably goes wrong so you have to problem solve [and] you have to communicate well," Jordan told Entertainment Tonight in August 2019. He continued, saying, "I feel like [Cash Pad] was a true test [and] we got through it. The fact that we got through it is why we're now planning a wedding."

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher got engaged to fiancé Jordan Rodgers again

JoJo Fletcher is a Bachelor Nation icon for many reasons. From the graceful manner in which she handled her breakup with Ben Higgins to the way seemingly effortless way in which she navigated her own dramatic season of The Bachelorette to find love within the craziest Bachelor franchise moments — JoJo is a shining example of what many women who sign up for The Bachelor hope to be. 

Even more impressive is JoJo's relationship with fiancé Jordan Rodgers. Of course, as any Bachelor fan knows, the franchise doesn't exactly have a great reputation of producing long-lasting relationships. However, along with a few other Bachelor franchise couples, JoJo and Jordan seem to be an exception to this rule.

In August 2019, the lovebirds made their fans say a collective "aww" when they revealed Jordan had taken it upon himself to propose to JoJo again with a brand spankin' new diamond ring. "The show brought us together and set us up for a truly amazing proposal the first time around, but this time was all YOU," JoJo wrote on Instagram. Added the reality star, "And that means everything and more to me."

The Bachelor's JoJo Fletcher wants to have children (and she's already thought of names)

JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers didn't move as quickly as some other Bachelor Nation couples have in the past — which may just be one of the reasons the lovebirds' relationship has outlasted the relationships of many of their peers. However, getting married and starting a family is very much a priority for JoJo and Jordan.

In fact, as JoJo revealed on an episode of the couple's web series, Engaged with JoJo & Jordan, she and Jordan already have the names of their future children picked out (via People). "We like Carson," JoJo said. She continued, telling fans, "I also really love Fletcher for a first name. Fletcher Rodgers is such a cute name." However, according to Jordan, he's not completely sold on naming their kid Fletcher Rodgers.

"We'd like to add Blair because that's a maiden name," JoJo added. She continued, saying, "We have a ton of names for girls because we like that androgynous sort of name, but we don't have any name for guys." Whatever name they pick, we're sure it'll be a good one!