In February 2021, Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley startled the world by announcing their engagement.
Rodgers referred to Woodley as his “fiancée” in his 2021 NFL MVP award speech, just days after numerous sources confirmed to PEOPLE that the Green Bay Packers quarterback and the Divergent star were a couple.
During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a few weeks later, Woodley confirmed the engagement, telling the host that she never imagined she’d marry someone who “throws balls for a career.”
The couple’s romance was revealed months after both of them left long-term partnerships. After two years together, Rodgers and former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick confirmed their breakup in July 2020, while Woodley revealed her breakup with rugby player Ben Volavola in an April 2020 interview with The New York Times.
Though Woodley and Rodgers kept their romance beneath the radar at first, they’ve had their share of public ups and downs since then, including calling off their engagement. Here’s the whole timeline of Rodgers and Woodley’s relationship, from their whirlwind romance and unexpected engagement to their breakup and probable reconciliation.
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley Are Dating:
Multiple sources told PEOPLE in early February 2021 that Rodgers and Shailene Woodley were dating. Rodgers appeared to be content with the Descendants actress, according to one source, while the relationship is “casual” for the time being, according to another.
Rodgers gushed on The Pat McAfee Show in September 2020 that he had an “increased love of life,” adding, “I’ve made decisions, 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 so happy, and it all starts with love. Then surround yourself with people you like spending time with.”
Aaron Rodgers Announces His Engagement to Shailene Woodley:
Aaron Rodgers congratulated his “fiancée” in his acceptance speech for the 2020 NFL MVP award and then announced that he was engaged.
Rodgers noted at the time, “It’s an honor to earn this award for the third time.” “2020 will go down in history as a wild year packed with a lot of change and growth, as well as some incredibly memorable experiences. “I’ve had my nose hair scraped for 180 days straight, and I’ve played for extremely few fans or no stands the entire season.” Then came the big reveal: “I got engaged.”
He thanked his colleagues and coaches, as well as Jodie Foster (who would later deny setting the couple up) and his “fiancée” in his closing remarks.
Two days later, PEOPLE verified the pair’s engagement, with a source close to the couple saying, “They are very happy together.” It’s understandable that he proposed so quickly. “When you know, you know,” says the narrator.
Shailene Woodley Says She and Aaron Rodgers Have Been Engaged “for a While:
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in late February 2021, Woodley exposed her engagement ring for the first time, revealing that while her and Rodgers’ romance was news to many, it wasn’t truly that recent.
“Yes, we’ve decided to get married.” “We’ve decided to be married,” she announced. “But, you know, it’s not breaking news for us.” As a result, it’s amusing. Everyone is freaking out over it right now, and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve been engaged for a long time!’
The actress went on to claim that she never expected to marry a football player, but that she is delighted with her decision, calling Rodgers “simply a fantastic, incredible human person.”
Aaron Rodgers Opens up About the Engagement and Hints at Wanting to Start a Family:
Rodgers revealed his engagement in an Instagram Live interview with Zenith Watches CEO Julien Tornare in early March 2021.
He remarked, “I’m recently engaged, so I’ve been enjoying that aspect of my life.” “That is, without a doubt, the best thing that has happened to me in the last year.” Rodgers has expressed his desire to start a family in the future.
“Being a father will be [my] next great task,” he remarked, noting that most of his peers his age are parents.
However, he clarified that parenthood is “maybe not in the near future, but absolutely something I look forward to, it’ll be a great fun task… I’m looking forward to caring for another life at some point in the future. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. I’ve imagined what that will be like, and I’m really looking forward to that chapter whenever it arrives.”
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley Cuddle up For Date Night:
At the Historic Best Breakfast Cafe, where they dined with some friends, Woodley and Rodgers made a rare appearance together. Rodgers holds Woodley’s hand on her shoulder from behind in a group photo from the eatery, as they all smile at the camera with the staff.