JoJo Fletcher began her mission to find a husband on ABC's reality TV series The Bachelorette 50 shades of confident. After reaching the alter on Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor only to leave broken hearted, the native Dallasite was ready to write her own love story -- but the task proved harder than she thought.
Walking into Monday night's finale, Fletcher had seemingly never been less sure of herself. And if the expression on her face during the episode wasn't an indication, the whole Fletcher family, including mom, dad, JoJo's sister and two brothers, made a point to mention it when they met finalists, Jordan Rodgers and Robby Hayes, in Thailand.
We get it, we get it, JoJo has trust issues. So which former professional athlete would be the one to make her feel safest and the most at ease?
"Jordan, I love you so much," Fletcher told the quarterback (notably the brother of Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers) through happy tears. "I have been waiting to tell you that I love you."
Touchdown, victory dance!
"I'm going to keep you safe, protect you, and wake up every morning and choose you over and over and over again," Rodgers assured her before getting down on one knee and slipping a stunning Neil Lane diamond on her finger.
So Rodgers secured the happily ever after, which unfortunately for the other guy meant adios.
Hayes was more than ready to propose to Fletcher, and in fact, he almost had it in the bag after meeting her family. Hayes asked both parents for their blessing in his proposal — Rodgers did not. This was a huge point of contention, as Fletcher made clear things wouldn't go forward without her dad's approval. It almost changed the outcome of the show.
But after some awkward alone time where Rodgers confronted the issue with the eloquence of a former Miss South Carolina, he came through in the clutch and touched base with the family last minute to correct his egregious error.
When Fletcher found out, it was over for Hayes.
"I can't let you get down on one knee," Fletcher told Hayes through not-so-happy tears. "I don't want to take that moment from you."
He managed to squeeze out a fake-looking tear as his car drove him off into the Thai sunset alone.
Viewers were remarkably torn between the two finalists — according to fans, there wasn't a clear favorite.
But Fletcher, who said she cried herself to sleep after reading what the tabloids said about her relationship, was over hearing from the peanut gallery. During the After the Final Rose live special, she and fiancé Rodgers dropped a bomb:
"My bags are packed, we have a house in Dallas, we're moving in right after this," Rodgers said.
A Green Bay Packer in Cowboys Country? Host Chris Harrison said it best: "We may make a Cowboys fan out of you yet."
During a conference call Tuesday, Fletcher said she was open to uprooting, but ultimately it made sense to stick around Big D. Rodgers added that he'll relocate his nutritional coaching business here and continue to do radio and television broadcasting as a college football analyst for networks like SEC Network and ESPN.
"Dallas is home to me, my entire family is there, my work is there," Fletcher told GuideLive. "I'm so excited to have him close to my family." Plus, she added, there's a wedding to plan.
The couple has a house in the Uptown/Downtown area they're looking forward to moving into. And while Rodgers has visited the city during quick business trips, he hasn't gotten to know it well, so the first thing Fletcher plans to enlighten him to is the local cuisine.
"He hasn't had true Tex-Mex, so I'll be taking him to have Tex-Mex," the Dallasite said.
And rest assured they'll be hitting the State Fair of Texas, too.
"You throw some fried Oreos at me, I got no problem with that," Rodgers quipped.
As far as the wedding, Fletcher and Rodgers envision an outdoor affair with a rustic vibe. They hope to tie the knot as early as next year.