What caused Aaron and Jordan Rodgers' rift ? Brothers have 'started talking a little'
He's been estranged from his family for years for unspecified reasons. The duo may have started mending the rift now, says an insider
After being estranged for years Aaron Rodgers has reportedly 'started talking' to his brother Jordan Rodgers. A source told People magazine that although “there’s still a division” the brothers have “started talking a little bit”. “They’re very different people with different outlooks. But they’re family and they know that” People’s source said.
Word of the family's rift became public knowledge when the quarterback's younger brother appeared on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette in 2016 and opened up to her about his rocky relationship with his brother Aaron. Aaron, 38, was also missing from the hometown dates episode of the reality show where wife Jojo Fletcher went to Jordan’s family home in California for the first time. On the show, Jordan, 33, revealed that Aaron is not on speaking terms with anyone in the family. “I miss my brother a lot” Jordan shared on the show, “It’s just kind of the way he’s chosen to do life, and I chose to stay close with my family, my parents and my brother (Luke Rodgers)”.
On 'The Bachelorette', Luke Rodgers, the eldest of the three brothers, also disclosed that their family does not want to not stir up the drama but deep down is very much affected by the situation.“It pains both of us like, not to have that relationship [with Aaron] – we miss our brother,” said Luke. “I trust that God brings things full circle and that everything would just get back to us being a family.”
The family feud escalated further when Jordan ripped his brother on Twitter for raising money for fire victims in Northern California while apparently failing to check on his parents. Regardless of Jordan's tweet (now deleted) the football star continued to make public appeals to help those affected by disastrous wildfires in Paradise, California. Jordan is himself a former college and professional American football quarterback. He played football starting during his collegiate years till the year 2015. He played for Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami dolphins, and BC Lions.
Please take a minute to watch this and if you can, take a few seconds to retweet this using the #retweet4good— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) November 21, 2018
All the money goes to a great organization for the immediate needs and the recovery efforts for the #CampFireParadise
Thank you 🙏🏻 #ButteStrong #payitforward pic.twitter.com/iQjMbUIHcI
Interestingly, what led to a thaw in their cold relations was the NFL star's refusal to get vaccinated, something that his father said he was 'proud of'. Aaron's controversial anti-vaxx statement appears to have left him more in need of close connections than ever before. The Green Bay Packers quarterback also said he had refused the vaccine over fears about 'sterility or fertility issues around the vaccines,' though there's no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility in males or females. He had stated that he was taking advice from podcaster Joe Rogan and had begun taking ivermectin on his recommendation, despite the FDA stating that the drug was not approved to treat COVID-19 in 'humans or animals.'
"It's very hard for Aaron, who feels like his circle is very small, and it's not filled with the people who should be in his corner," say sources about what prompted the need for the reconciliation.
What caused rift beween Aaron and Jordan Rodgers?
What exactly set the two brothers and the family to go their different ways is not known or confirmed by either of them. The family patriarch Ed Rodgers, weighed in on the family’s “complicated” relationship with the quarterback while speaking to The New York Times in January 2017. “We’re all hoping for the best. It’s hard to tell sometimes [how the rift began],” he told the publication, later hinting that Jordan’s journey on the ABC dating show affected family dynamics: “Fame can change you.”
However, when reports of the family feud first became public it was reported that Olivia Munn dating Aaron may have allegedly played a role. Us Magazine wrote: " The family had concerns over his three-year relationship with Olivia which ended in April 2017. However, these are unconfirmed reports. “Aaron is the one that has pulled away from the family, not the reverse,” a source exclusively told Us three months before the split. “When he got together with Olivia Munn, his family told him they didn’t trust her and thought she wasn’t with him for the right reasons. That made him furious and he ended up choosing Olivia over his family.” There was also the incident about relifgion where, Aaron while dating Danica Patrick, appeared on her podcast and spoke something about his religious beliefs, This purportedly made his parents mad.