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. Not only do the two appear happily married, but they're also parents to an adorable boy named Jackson. Like many other reality star couples, however, the Roloffs are anything but ordinary. From the TLC celebrities' awkward engagement in March 2014 all the way to Zach's major anxiety about Tori's spending habits, there are a lot of bizarre tidbits about this pairing. But what's especially strange about the two is how picture perfect they come across on television and their social media accounts. It's almost as if Zach and Tori are actively trying to minimize the odd things about their marriage, despite the fact that it's not uncommon for celebrity 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 offAnd 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 pumpkin season as it's one of the busiest times of the year. And while Tori was a Roloff Farms employee, 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, however, Tori ultimately reciprocated his feelings. "Our first date lasted five hours, and we've been together ever since," Tori told People. Aww.

Zach didn't date before Tori

When Zach met Tori at Roloff Farms during the 2010 pumpkin picking season, he was around the age of 20. Although one would think a college guy and reality star would have had their fair share of dates, this wasn't the case for Zach. "I'd never really dated before," Zach admitted to People in June 2017. 

Hmm … Zach's lack of dating is kind of odd, right? Not only is it confusing that no one took a chance with Zach (he's a catch by all accounts), but it's also somewhat bizarre he didn't want to test the waters with other women before solidifying his relationship with Tori. At least Zach dated Tori for three years before proposing in March 2014 — it's probably best he got to experience dating prior to marriage. And it sounds like Zach lucked out in meeting his now-wife, because the two admit they're a perfect match for one another. "We [are] just so opposite and it's my favorite thing about our relationship," Tori captioned a January 2018 Instagram shot of the couple. Hey, whatever works. 

They seem to court the spotlight

It's funny how celebrities who claim to not like the spotlight tend to be ones who actively court it. Tori and Zach Roloff seem to fall into this category, as they appear to have a love affair with the media despite their insistence that 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, however, Tori and Zach continued to put their lives on display. Not only did the two remain on LPBW, but Tori frequently posts on social media. In fact, Tori often posts personal anecdotes about the pair's life on Instagram, from their son's medical issues to overheard conversations about relationships. One has to wonder why a couple that claims to dislike the spotlight are constantly thrusting themselves into it.

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 Zach and Tori aren't on a similar path as Molly, especially if they don't want attention. Trés odd.

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 thought it was a good idea to post a photo of their infant son riding on a lawn tractor. While we don't think Zach and Tori would ever put Jackson's life in danger, it's strange they'd 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 photo went viral (seriously, people?), she kept the photo up. Tori even went so far as to stoke the flames by responding to her haters. "GUYS. THE MOWER WASN'T ON," the mom wrote.

Although fans definitely 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 career, after all, and you never know when a show might get the axe. Tori and Zach know this truth all too well, as they mostly rely on LPBW for an income. 

Unfortunately, the couple has some issues where it concerns spending habits. While Zach is careful with his money, Tori is a bit of a spendthrift — a difference he addressed with Matt shortly before the couple's wedding. Zach confided to Matt that he was concerned that Tori's comfortable attitude with spending would ultimately become a "sore spot" in their marriage, an odd fact considering the two should have addressed this problem before putting a ring on it. Matt, who could offer no solid advice on the matter, simply told Zach, "You're frugal like your mother" (via Daily Mail). Well, you can't blame Zach for being sensible with his coins.

Zach has to be 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, they had a big argument about the location of their 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, commenting on Zach's desire to be right all the time (via Us Weekly). Strange — we wonder why Zach has a pressing need to win every argument.

Eventually, Zach relented after Matt gave him a pep talk about why it's best to give in sometimes. "The worst words a man can ever, ever hear in his entire life, 'I told you so,'" Matt told Zach.

The good news is Zach finally let Tori have her way, and the two tied the knot at Roloff Farms in July 2015.

Their uncomfortable conversation about their baby's dwarfism

When Tori 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. And, 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 about the possibility of her child's dwarfism in an episode of Little People, Big World. "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!" Well said, Zach.

While we don't think Tori meant to hurt Zach's feelings in this convo, we see why her remark hit a sore spot. Hopefully, Tori now understands Zach's perspective on the issue.

Oh, and if you're wondering whether Zach and Tori's baby was born with achondroplasia, the answer is yes. The couple found out the news at their 34-week ultrasound appointment (via People).

The awkward proposal

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, as she 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 proposal was sweet, it's kind of weird that Zach's brothers — Jacob and Jeremy Roloff — hid in the bushes while the moment went down. The upside is Jacob and Jeremy took a bunch of cute photos of the proposal.

Tori constantly brings up Zach's height

There's no denying that Zach and Tori's height difference is a big part of their relationship. The topic is regularly discussed on LPBW, and the two have made it a point to normalize relationships others might consider different. What's strange, however, is how often Tori brings up Zach's dwarfism in comparison to her own average height. Though one would think Tori would get tired of talking about the issue on LPBW, this isn't the case. Want proof? Take Tori's Instagram post about a conversation she overheard while shopping in Target.

"So I was wandering target…as I do…when I heard a man say to his wife, 'Well at least I'm taller than you.' And the wife responded with, 'Well I would hope so.' Some of us just have the idea of beauty and love so backwards," Tori captioned a shot of herself and Zach. "It doesn't come from outward appearances but rather from inner beauty. I don't love Zach because of how he looks (although he is quite handsome if I do say so myself) but rather what things weigh on his heart. It doesn't matter to me that I'm taller than my husband."

While Tori's points are all valid and commendable (we can't stress this enough), it's a bit bizarre she would use a stranger's private conversation to make a public statement about Zach. What if Zach doesn't want the extra attention?

They got engaged around the time of Amy and Matt's separation

Most people can agree that getting engaged should be a happy moment. Although things can go haywire at last minute, people typically plan out engagements months in advance to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. So, it's a bit confusing that Zach decided to propose to Tori only a few months after Matt and Amy 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 to Tori. On the other hand, we guess it would have been even more odd for Zach to pop the question before the split. If that had happened, Amy and Matt's bad news might have overshadowed the engagement. 

Either way, everything worked out for Tori and Zach Roloff, and their wedding was picture perfect.