For those of you who watch The Bachelorette, you’re probably more than familiar with Jordan Rodgers, the cutest guy on the show and the obvious frontrunner. From the minute he stepped out of the limo, JoJo hasn’t been able to get enough of him––and neither have the majority of swooning girls in America. While I can definitely side with JoJo that Jordan is absolutely stunning, looks can still fool you.
Off camera, the situation with Jordan is all sorts of messed up. He was reportedly with another girl the night before he left for filming. Then, during the season premiere of the show, his ex threw some major shade on Instagram. “Riding the bench doesn’t get in the way of a relationship, but cheating does,” she wrote, accompanied by #yourpitchisntperfect, #alwayswantedtobefamous, #dreamscometrue and #tuneinnextweekformoreBS.
On this week’s episode, JoJo finally confronted Jordan about the cheating rumors––and, in my opinion, he said “no” waaaaaaaay too fast when she flat out asked him if he had been unfaithful. In some bravado of honesty, Jordan cryptically explained that he used to be a different person, but we all know what that means. I’ve heard fuckbois say the same thing when they’re trying to convince me to look past the obvious fact that they’re players.
You could try to justify Jordan’s infidelity rumors by saying that it’s all in the past, but that would be naïve. Cheating behavior isn’t something that stops just because a guy is on a reality TV show––it’s a habit that continues. Additionally, a person’s relationship history is something that’s always relevant (especially if you’re potentially going to marry the guy). If I was JoJo, I would want to know the details of exactly why his ex is calling him out on social media, and I certainly wouldn’t build a relationship with him if I didn’t get an honest and justifiable answer. The moment that JoJo confronted him I had this sinking feeling in my gut that something was wrong and that Jordan can’t be trusted.
As a cherry on top of the double-dealing ice cream sundae that is Jordan Rodgers, it was announced just yesterday that he has an active profile on the very exclusive dating app Raya. Of course, Jordan took to Twitter and ~passionately~ refuted the claims, but at this point, who cares? There have been too many stories, too many allegations from past girlfriends or friends of girls he has hooked up with, and too much proof—through Jordan’s outright behavior—that he’s a player.
Notice that the majority of JoJo and Jordan’s interactions are physical. While we are only able to see what the producers of the show choose to reveal, it’s not hard to imagine most of the couple’s chemistry is based on their mutual attraction rather than an actual emotional connection. If Jordan really wanted to fall for JoJo, he would spend time talking to her instead of just kissing her.
Additionally, why would such an attractive, charming man and retired NFL player even need to go on The Bachelorette? You would think he’d have no problem finding love in real life. And yet he’s somehow ended up on a dating show because none of his past relationships have worked out (because he’s a womanizer). Jordan’s real issue is that he’s totally fame hungry. He has no actual job, his dating history includes C-list celebrities, and for him, his appearance on The Bachelorette is merely a business trip to becoming a sports reporter.
I wholeheartedly want to believe that despite his blatant streak of infidelity and crave for fame he really can fall for JoJo. But I also hope JoJo won’t turn a blind eye to what’s obvious. Maybe he really is done sowing his wild oats and he has moved on from his past habits. We still have a few more weeks of The Bachelorette to see exactly how this plays out, and based on previews of the finale, it doesn’t look pretty. Honestly, at this point, I’d rather date the psychotic and violent Chad than Jordan. Once a cheater, always a cheater.