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Just days after it was reported that Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers were in a long-distance relationship, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has announced he’s engaged. While accepting the MVP award during the NFL Honors ceremony on Feb. 6, Aaron confirmed his relationship status in his speech. “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, I got engaged, and I played some of the best football of my career,” he said before thanking the “great group of people” that support him, including his fiancée, although he did not mention her by name.
It’s unclear when the pair started dating, but back in September 2020, Aaron spoke with The Pat McAfee Show about his new lease on life. “I’ve made decisions and changes and habits that put me in a lot better headspace, and there’s just a lot of things that have come together in my life over the last few months that have really been enjoyable. . . . That’s why I’m having so much fun, and it starts with love,” he said. “And then surrounding yourself with people that you really enjoy.” It makes sense that we’re only just now hearing about their relationship, as a source told E!, “They have kept things private and low key.”
Shailene previously dated rugby player Ben Volavola. In 2020, she explained their split to Bustle: “I realized I was still at an age where I wasn’t able to fully commit. I couldn’t be available to him in the way that I wanted to be. I didn’t fully love myself.” Aaron and race car driver Danica Patrick broke up in July 2020; they started dating in January 2018.