EXCLUSIVE: JoJo Fletcher Admits She Knew About 'Bachelorette' Frontrunner Jordan Rodgers Before the Show Start
By Antoinette Bueno
It turns out JoJo Fletcher knew who contestant Jordan Rodgers was before officially meeting him on Monday night's premiere of The Bachelorette.
ET talked to the season 12 star on Tuesday, when JoJo admitted she was aware that the 27-year-old former NFL player was one of her suitors before the actual competition -- and that he was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' younger brother.
"A week before this whole thing started I think his name got leaked, and it was kind of all over the Internet, so, you know, it's like 'Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron' -- so that's what I knew going into it," she tells ET's Nancy O'Dell exclusively.
However, she insists that the knowledge didn't influence her thoughts about him in any way.
"Before I met him ... I knew just that tidbit about him, but nothing else, and I don't think it made a difference either way," she says. "I don't follow football closely, so it's not like it made a huge difference, but I definitely knew that about him going into it."
She firmly denies reports that she and Jordan already knew each other prior to the show.
"There's zero truth to that," she stresses. "The only thing that I knew about him was that he was potentially going to be part of the cast. So, I don't know where people are coming up with these things. I've never spoken to him, never met him. That first night was the first night I've ever seen him in my life. [We had] no conversation, even on the Internet."
Still, JoJo -- who says she has never met Aaron or his girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn -- was obviously taken by Jordan right off the bat, sharing a steamy kiss and giving him the "first impression" rose during the premiere episode. The reality star admits that the two had an "immediate connection."
"Sometimes when you're with somebody, you automatically have that sense of comfort and peace ... the conversation flowed, he's obviously cute," she gushes about Jordan. "It was an easy conversation on a very stressful night."
As for her hilarious compliments on Jordan's butt following their kiss, she claims she didn't actually mean to get that up close and personal!
"I think on that kiss my hand might've accidentally slipped, and [his butt] was very firm, then I thought maybe I need to start to doing squats if I'm going to keep up with this," she jokes. "It's just a good, little butt! Little tush!
Most importantly, JoJo, 25, says she has no regrets about her experience this season.
"Even if it was probably really embarrassing and cringeworthy for me to watch back, I was really happy with how I handled everything -- the good and the bad," she reflects. "I'm happy with how my experience was, and if I had to do it again I would, because there's nothing that I regret about how it went down."
Though there's already lots of controversy when it comes to Jordan's romantic past. On Monday, Nashville-based trainer Brittany Farrar -- who claims to be Jordan's ex -- threw some serious shade at him on Instagram, accusing him of cheating and wanting fame.
"Riding the bench doesn't get in the way of a relationship, but cheating does. #yourpitchisntperfect @jrodgers11 #alwayswantedtobefamous #dreamscometrue #tuneinnextweekformoreBS," Brittany posted, also knocking Jordan's Pitch Perfect 2 cameo.