In February 2021, Shailene Woodley uttered a line that will go down in pop culture history. “I never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living,” she told Jimmy Fallon during a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show. The man in question is her fiancé, Aaron Rodgers. Yes, that Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was a Super Bowl MVP. Did I have to look up that stat? Maybe. I guess Shailene and I have something in common (we don’t know that much about sports).
You see, Shailene wasn’t starstruck over Aaron’s football abilities—nah, she just thinks of him as a Jeopardy-loving nerd. So, how did the hippie actress end up engaged to a football legend? I’m so, so glad you asked.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? A rep confirmed with Us Weekly that Aaron and Danica Patrick had broken up last summer. They met in 2012 at the ESPYS and started dating in 2018.
That month, rumors started that Shai and Aaron were seeing each other. Sports gossip blogger Terez Owens wrote that they were spotted together in Lake Tahoe.
Aaron appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and while he didn’t say he was in a relationship, he did reference “changes” in his life.
“I have just a new and increased love of life and I have made decisions and changes and habits that put me in a lot better headspace,” he said. “There’s just a lot of things that have come together in my life over the last few months that have really been enjoyable and reminded me, given me perspective in life and in football to view things through the most positive lens I possibly can.”
We *finally* get confirmation that Shailene and Aaron are a bonafide couple. “2020 was definitely a crazy year filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing, memorable moments, 180 straight days of having my nose hair scraped, playing for very little fans or no stands the entire season,” Aaron said during a speech after accepting the 2020 AP Most Valuable Player Award. “I got engaged and I played some of the best football in my career.”
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