Tori and Zach Roloff: Weird things everyone ignores about their relationship

On the surface, Tori and Zach Roloff, stars of Little People, Big World, might seem like the most normal couple on the planet. Like many other reality star couples, however, this pair is anything but ordinary. From the TLC celebrities' awkward engagement in March 2014, to Zach's major anxiety about Tori's spending habits, there are a lot of bizarre tidbits about these two. What's especially strange about Tori and Zach is how picture perfect they come across on television and on their social media accounts. It's almost as if they're actively trying to minimize the odd things about their marriage, despite the fact that it's not uncommon for celebrity couples — and all couples — to have quirks. 

Still, as much as Zach and Tori might try to keep the curious parts about their union on the DL, there's plenty of evidence out there to suggest aspects of their relationship are a bit off. And on that note, here are all of the weird things everyone ignores about Tori and Zach Roloff's relationship.

Tori worked at Roloff Farms

It's definitely not uncommon for people to meet and fall in love at work. It's a little less common, however, for a person to strike up a relationship with their quasi-boss — something Tori did while she was employed at Roloff Farms. As fans already know, Matt and Amy Roloff have owned Roloff Farms for years, and the business' claim to fame is its annual pumpkin picking season. Tori, like many other people in the Roloff's hometown, was employed by the farm during a busy pumpkin season, and that's when Zach developed a serious crush on her. "A coworker told me, 'Zachary really thinks you're cute, but doesn't think you'll ever go out with him,'" Tori recounted to People.

While this scenario might seem normal to some people, consider the fact that Zach was the son of Tori's boss at the time. It might be a little awkward or even strange to have someone in a management position crushing on you — especially if those feelings aren't mutual. Luckily for Zach, Tori felt the same way. "Our first date lasted five hours, and we've been together ever since," she told People. Aww.

Zack and Tori Roloff seem to court the spotlight

It's funny how celebrities who claim to not like the spotlight seem to be ones who actively court it. Tori and Zach Roloff arguably fall into this category, appearing to woo press despite insisting they're not into fame. "Neither of us are spotlight kind of people," Zach told People following the couple's July 2015 wedding. After the televised nuptials, Tori and Zach continued to put their lives on display. Not only did the two remain on Little People, Big World, but Tori frequently posts on social media. In fact, Tori often posts personal anecdotes about the pair's life on social media, including their son's medical issues and overheard conversations about relationships

If Zach and Tori really dislike the public eye, they should probably follow Molly Roloff's lead and say adios to LPBW. Molly, who is Zach's younger sister, left reality television after she graduated college, and she now enjoys a quiet life in Washington state. Not to mention, Molly's Instagram account is private. It's kind of weird that Zach and Tori's actions and words don't align when it comes to their relationship with the spotlight.

They post questionable things on social media

When you're a celebrity parent, there are some things you know not to post on social media. Many fans love to misconstrue innocent photos, and mom-shaming is a sport for some people. So, one has to wonder why Zach and Tori Roloff thought it was a good idea to post a photo of their infant son riding on a lawn tractor with his dad. While we don't think these parents would ever put Jackson's life in danger, it's strange the stars of Little People, Big World would invite controversy with this snap.

What made matters even stranger was that Tori didn't delete the photo from Instagram following an onslaught of negative comments. Even after the image went viral, she arguably stoked the flames by responding to her haters: "GUYS. THE MOWER WASN'T ON." Although followers may have overreacted in this case, it's bizarre the parents would post this type of pic in the first place. This is the type of drama internet trolls live for, after all.

Zach is worried about Tori's spending

When you're on reality television, it's a good idea to be conscious about your spending habits. Reality television is not a secure showbiz career, and you never know when a program might get the axe. Tori and Zach Roloff know this truth all too well, as they mostly rely on Little People, Big World for an income. 

Unfortunately, the couple has some issues regarding spending habits. While Zach is supposedly careful with his money, Tori is allegedly a bit of a spendthrift — a difference Zach addressed with his dad, Matt Roloff, shortly before the couple's wedding. Zach confided to Matt that he was concerned that Tori's comfortable attitude with spending would become a "sore spot" in their relationship. It seems rather weird that Zach didn't work this out with his bride-to-be before he ring on it. Matt, who didn't seem to offer any solid advice on the matter, simply told Zach: "You're frugal like your mother" (via the Daily Mail). 

Zach Roloff is 'Mr. Always Right'

A big part of a successful relationship is compromise, a fact that seems to be lost on Tori and Zach Roloff. Case in point: Prior to the couple's wedding, the bride and groom had a big argument about the venue. Although it's not clear why there was an epic disagreement about this issue, it's clear Zach intended to have the final say. "I've always said that when Zach and I get married, I'm going to get two signs, and it's going to say 'Mrs. Right' and 'Mr. Always Right,'" Tori joked (via Us Weekly). That's humorous, but also a little concerning and weird, right?

Eventually, Zach relented after Matt supposedly gave his son a talk about why it's sometimes best to give in. "The worst words a man can ever, ever hear in his entire life, 'I told you so,'" Matt told Zach. Needless to say, Zach let Tori have her way, and the two tied the knot at Roloff Farms in July 2015.

Their uncomfortable conversation about their baby

When Tori Roloff got pregnant with the couple's first child, she knew there would be a 50 percent chance the baby would have achondroplasia, a type of short-limbed dwarfism, like his dad. Considering this was a distinct possibility, Tori and Zach had conversations prior to their son's birth about their feelings on the topic. In one particularly awkward chat, Tori inadvertently offended Zach with what some might perceive to be an odd comment.

"It's a big deal," Tori said in an episode of Little People, Big World, referring to the probability of their child experiencing dwarfism. "It is scary. No parent wants to hear that their child is different, no matter what that is." Zach, who doesn't necessarily see himself as different, shot back: "But to me, that's not different. He's just like me!" There's no reason to believe Tori meant to hurt Zach's feelings during this sensitive conversation, but we can see why her remark hit a sore spot. Hopefully, Tori now understands Zach's perspective on the issue.

Zach and Tori's baby, Jackson, was born with achondroplasia. "I just pray that he's caring and thoughtful, like his father," Tori told People after his birth. "I just want him to be a good person." Zach added, "Whatever he wants to do in life, we're going to find a way to help him do it. That's our job in life now."

Zach's proposal to Tori was kind of weird

Although a proposal doesn't have to be expensive or glamorous, it should at least happen when both parties are feeling comfortable. Sadly, this wasn't the case for Tori, who was proposed to following a long day on the job. Sounds super romantic, right? "It happened after a long day of work. It was my turn to drive out to the farm, but of course I was being difficult and wanted to stay home to just chill but Zach was insistent that I come," Tori said, recalling Zach's odd timing to How He Asked. "So I got dressed and headed out the door."

Things took an even stranger turn when a tired Tori had to follow a "marching" Zach throughout the farm. Finally, the two made it to a wooden platform placed in the center of a field — the final location of the proposal. While the actual moment was sweet, it's kind of weird that Zach's brothers — Jacob and Jeremy Roloff — hid in the bushes while the whole thing went down. The upside is Jacob and Jeremy took a bunch of cute photos of the proposal.

They got engaged soon after Amy and Matt's breakup

Most people can agree that getting engaged should be a happy moment, so it's a bit confusing that Zach Roloff decided to propose to Tori only a few months after his parents, Matt and Amy Roloff, decided to separate. Talk about uncomfortable timing.

Here's how it all went down: Following Matt and Amy's split in March 2014, Zach got down one on knee in May 2014. Considering Matt and Amy's breakup was tumultuous, to say the least, it's kind of weird that Zach didn't wait a little longer to propose. Then again, if he'd asked before the breakup, Amy and Matt's news might have overshadowed the engagement, and maybe it was nice to have something positive to focus on in the midst of the split. Either way, everything worked out for Tori and Zach Roloff, and their wedding was picture perfect.

Zach and Tori's financial decisions are questionable

If you think all of the Roloff kids are financially solvent thanks to their long stints on reality television, think again. Zach Roloff admitted in a Season 14 episode of Little People, Big World that he and his wife, Tori, aren't on solid ground money-wise. In fact, Tori admitted at the time that their cash flow was "nill." What led to their precarious predicament? It might have something to do with their 2018 purchase of a new home, a sale they made before selling their old digs. "We have two mortgages," Zach said about the situation. "I'm way in over my head."

Making matters even worse: The couple had to reduce the asking price on its previous home from $429,500 to $382,500, and it took five months to sell after the listing went public, according to Radar Online. We're not financial gurus, but we can't wrap our head around why Zach and Tori decided to take a big financial risk in the first place. That said, we're glad the housing debacle eventually worked out. 

Some members of the Roloff family may be too involved

Take a moment to imagine how you'd feel if one of your in-laws left a bizarre comment on one of your social media posts. Chances are you'd feel a tad uncomfortable and embarrassed. Unfortunately, Tori Roloff went through this exact situation when Zach Roloff's paternal grandma, Peggy, left an arguably odd comment on one of Tori's Instagram posts in July 2019. In the post, Tori discussed being body-shamed during her second pregnancy. "I've gotten bigger a lot faster than I did with Jackson and I've become a lot more insecure," Tori said. "Hearing people ask me if I'm sure it's not twins definitely does not help (for all our sakes — don't ever ask a woman this question. Like ever). It's been hard to really enjoy this pregnancy because I've let my own body image issues get in the way." 

For whatever reason, Peggy reportedly decided to add her two cents to the post by apologizing for ever having "offended" Tori. But wait — that's not all. The Roloff matriarch supposedly tried to make amends by calling Tori a "lovely babymaker." Although we suspect Peggy meant no harm by her comment, we're under the impression that Zach's family might be a little too involved in his marriage, or at least suffering from a severe case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.

Zach Roloff isn't the most romantic guy

All relationships have their strengths and weaknesses, and Zach and Tori's marriage is no exception, but we can't help but find this couple's weak spot a tad confusing, especially since it's an oft-discussed issue. What are we talking about? Zach's supposed failings in the romance department. 

Tori discussed the problem in a Season 14 episode of Little People, Big World, stating that her husband is "definitely not romantic … at all." She also complained about how Zach doesn't give her words of affirmation. "That's what I feel like we struggle with sometimes as a couple. I need that affirmation of like, 'You're doing a great job' or 'I love you Tori' or like any of those affirming notions and Zach just doesn't give them, like ever."

We're not sure why Zach hasn't resolved this issue, since he knows it bothers Tori. While it's clear the couple has made things work so far, we're a tad concerned for the future and hope they can resolve this sticking point.