Tori Roloff Gets Real on How Zach Roloff’s Dwarfism Impacts Their Marriage
Little People, Big World star Tori Roloff is a wonderful mother to her adorable baby, Jackson.
But she’s also an amazing wife to her husband. In fact, she posted the ultimate anniversaty tribute to Zach earlier this year.
Now, she’s opening up to fans about how her husband’s dwarfism impacts their marriage. She gets very honest.
On Monday night, Tori Roloff took to Instagram for a no-holds-barred Q&A with her fans and followers.
Seriously, no topic was off-limits.
Tori gushed about having found an entire community of little people through her husband, Zach Roloff.
Tori wrote that she is “so blessed that I’ve made such amazing friends in the dwarf community.”
(Disclaimer: some little people are totally onboard with the dwarf label while others are emphatically not)
Tori went on to speak about how Zach’s dwarfism impacts their relationship.
It turns out that the effect is not as great as some people have assumed.
Tori is quick to shoot down the misconception that his dwarfism is a “limitation” within their marriage.
She does say that the biggest impact is that she has “asked to reach the high shelf a lot.”
That sort of thing can happen in a lot of marriages where there’s a height difference.
Tori says that things go smoothly so long as neither of them are trying to be a different height than they really are.
“To me it feels weird to crouch,” Tori confesses.
“And,” she adds. “Zach always told me to stand.”
“I’m not trying to be shorter and he’s not trying to be taller,” she notes.
Any relationship is going to be healthier while both parties agree to be exactly who they are.
“I love my husband for his heart not his height,” Tori affirms. “Love is love is love.”
She’s right — and it’s good that she makes it clear that she is not a “chaser.”
That is, she is not someone who fetishizes him for his dwarfism.
She loves Zach for who he is, neither for nor despite his height.
That is just as it should be.
She also speaks about baby Jackson, and this is when she starts talking science and genetics with her followers.
“It’s a dominant gene,” she explains. “So you only have the gene if you are an achon.”
(How many other reality stars can hold their own in a conversations about hereditary traits and genetics?)
“They do all carry the gene for dyostraphic,” Tori continues.
“But,” she notes. “Their partner would also have to carry the gene to have children with dyostraphic dwarfism.”
Fans ask how she feels about the very real possibility that sweet baby Jackson might need to undergo surgeries, like his father and grandfather.
Tori says that “of course” the idea of that scares her.
“There’s no telling,” Tori admits.
Tori then notes: “but we’re blessed to have no health issues so far.”
“But we have so much support and love,” Tori says. “And I know we’ll handle anything God throws at us.”
Right now, she’s more worried about the bumps and bruises that Jackson is very naturally getting as he learns to walk.