The couple brush off haters who misjudge their relationship

By Aili Nahas
December 15, 2016 10:39 AM

Since The Bachelorette wrapped this summer, JoJo Fletcher and her fiancé Jordan Rodgers have been at the center of hurtful breakup rumors circulating on social media.

“If we don’t post a picture together for three days, we’ve suddenly broken up,” Rodgers, 28, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“For a while, we did pretty good at not caring about all the negative comments when they were really bad and when it was crazy,” adds Fletcher, 26. “Now, it is a little stressful. We don’t want to live our lives on social media. We want to be present in our daily lives and in our relationship, but when we see the comments it stresses me out because it’s like how do I find the balance of living my life in the present, but also trying to make it where people aren’t throwing out rumors all the time. It’s a little difficult — but most importantly, we try not to focus on that and we just live our life.”

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As the couple continue to settle into their life in Dallas, the former Bachelorette star admits that Rodgers has been a huge help in brushing off the haters.

“Jordan is so much better at not getting fazed,” Fletcher admits. “I’ve learned how to handle things much better with him. It’s annoying to read that we’re broken up every day or that we’re faking our relationship. It’s bizarre.”

  • For more from JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Since the final rose, the pair — who have their hearts set on a 2017 wedding — admit that they don’t feel any pressure to justify their relationship to critics.

“I don’t feel like we have anything to prove,” says Rodgers. “I think it’s completely ridiculous. Every relationship stands on its own and it’s successful or not successful for its own reason.”

“It wasn’t a conventional way to meet and it’s so hard for people who have never done it to understand,” adds Fletcher. “It’s human nature that people are drawn toward the negative and it sucks and it’s sad. We can’t do anything to fix it so why invest our energy into it.”