September 23, 2016 11:25 AM

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert are one of the most adored couples from the Bachelor franchise – but according to them, they’re working through issues just like any other newlyweds.

The pair opened up to PEOPLE about their decision to join the cast of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars at WE tv’s celebration of the return of the show Thursday in New York City.

“We never got to do premarital counseling, because everything moved so quick with us,” said Tanner, 29. “So we kind of viewed it as an opportunity to lay a good foundation.”

Indeed, Jade and Tanner’s relationship has been something of a whirlwind: The two met on Bachelor in Paradise last year, got engaged on the season finale after just a few weeks together and got married on TV in January.

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert
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According to the couple, they had “small problems” (Jade, 29, is “messy,” said Tanner with a laugh), but wanted to address those head-on.

“You know, little problems can turn into big problems down the road, so why not try to nip those in the bud early on?” he said.

Jade said the two learned a lot about themselves and their relationship during filming.

“You’ll see us have some fights – but that’s normal,” she said. “I think people kind of have this idea that you go on The Bachelor and you have this perfect relationship, but we’re normal, just like everyone else, and we have our issues.”

“All of our relationship has already been on television, so why can’t we be good role models by showing [the full picture]?” she continued. “Like hey, we do love each other and we do have issues and we’re here to work them out, just like everyone else!”

Dr. Ish Major, one of the therapists who will guide Jade and Tanner through their relationship this season, told PEOPLE the two are “just sweethearts” – but that they both have “a really tough backstory that’ll come out on the show.”

“Tanner was put in a very difficult position at 14 years old,” said Major. “He had to make some really grown-up decisions and so it really carries over to everything him and Jade do. I think they have the deepest issues, but I just root for them. I like the idea of them together.”

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And considering their Bachelor in Paradise experience, Jade and Tanner had to chime in on the most recent season of the show, which concluded with not one but three engagements this summer.

“I can’t believe that three couples got engaged,” said Tanner. “I don’t know [if they’re going to last]. That’s the golden question.”

“I didn’t believe in it when I first heard it – when I heard the spoilers I was like: ‘No way, this is like a circus!’ ” Jade admitted. “But watching it on TV, I understand the relationships and I wish them all the best. Carly [Waddell] is one of my best friends, so I really hope that [she and Evan Bass] work out.”

And last but not least, what does the couple think of ABC’s recent – and controversial – decision to cast Nick Viall as the next Bachelor?

“I’m excited to watch him,” said Tanner, who previously vied for Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s rose alongside Viall on her season of The Bachelorette in 2015. “We roomed together on Kaitlyn’s season, so I know him pretty well. We stayed friends after the show.”

So what can fans expect from the love-him-or-hate-him leading man? One thing’s for sure: “It’s going to be great TV,” Tanner promised.

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars season 6 premieres Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on WEtv, The Bachelor returns January on ABC and Bachelor in Paradise returns summer 2017 on ABC.

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