Aaron Rodgers & Danica Patrick are over after two-and-a-half years together

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Yesterday, the NY Post had a curious story about a rumored breakup between Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick. Aaron’s three-year relationship with Olivia Munn ended in 2017, and by January 2018, he was dating Danica pretty seriously. It was believed that Aaron’s friends and family liked Danica a lot more than the other girlfriend, and Danica and Aaron have spent much of the past two and a half years being a quiet and solid couple. But then the coronavirus came and suddenly everybody’s divorcing or breaking up. Anyway, the NY Post pointed to the fact that Danica had unfollowed Aaron on Instagram, and that she wasn’t around when Aaron played a charity golf tournament. Now her rep is confirming the news:

Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick have called it quits, a rep for the former racecar driver confirmed to PEOPLE. The two first confirmed they were a couple in January 2018. As of Thursday, Patrick was no longer following the Green Bay Packers quarterback on Instagram. The latest photos of Rodgers currently on Patrick’s page are from February and April.

Reps for Rodgers did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

Just weeks into the coronavirus outbreak, Patrick opened up about quarantining with 36-year-old Rodgers, who she called “extremely attractive” and “super intelligent.”

“If you like a partner who is extremely attractive, super intelligent, very thoughtful, patient (lord knows I can be stubborn), loves to travel, is open minded, is into growing in this life, and can ball. Ya, it’s pretty amazing,” the 38-year-old said during an Instagram Q&A in April. The couple had been isolating together amid the pandemic and were taking online classes, cooking, and catching up with friends and family through the phone. “I’m learning a little bit more Spanish,” Patrick told PEOPLE earlier this year. “Aaron got Rosetta Stone on his phone, so we’re learning languages.”

[From People]

I have a vibe about this, and take this as you will, it’s just a theory. My theory is that Danica wanted Aaron to propose and he was resistant to it and the issue came to a head while they were isolating together. Danica might have even given him an ultimatum (“what are we doing, why am I staying if this isn’t heading towards marriage”) and he was still unmoved. So she dumped him and now she’s letting people know that she’s over it. That’s just my vibe! It’s sad because I thought they genuinely cared about each other.

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  1. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I get vibes from Aaron. And not good ones. I get vibes that he’s kind of a jerk in his relationships.

  2. TQ says:

    Yeah, I don’t think this was about a proposal. I think the bearding contract was up.

  3. Whatever says:

    This is true. Danica did say on a radio podcast that she wanted him to propose.

  4. Jessica says:

    So.

    My take is that Aaron is Aaron’s main and first priority. I say this as an avid Green Bay Packers fan that is obsessed with his football talent. I love watching him in the hopes he will do something magical. That said, this is the Aaron Express. You understand what you are getting into when you board. You understand you will be let off at a designated spot at some point in the future. 2 1/2 – 3 years sounds about right. Quarantine may have pushed her exit date up a bit!

    Now. I appreciate a lot about him as a person. I agree with some of his beliefs and I appreciate that he can be outspoken about things. I wish he would be even more bold and wield his power to help enact real change in the NFL.

    • osito says:

      Yeah, I’ve been wondering about them since they debuted as a couple: aren’t their belief systems a little bit in conflict? Like isn’t she much more conservative, and that’s why the family liked her?

      Ooooooh, just had a thought: Could this be one of the couples who broke up over being on different sides of history concerning the Black Lives Matter movement? BLM/protesting/human rights has been a big conversation in both of their respective professional communities right now — maybe it became an untenable issue for them as well?

      • MissMarierose says:

        You might be right about that. I heard that Danica was pretty conservative and her sport is very white.

  5. Pose83 says:

    Seems like so many people throw away something good over the marriage issue. It seems nuts to me. Are married people significantly more committed?

    • Escondista says:

      Statistically, married with kids is more committed. Happier? No.

    • Snazzy says:

      Ya I honestly don’t get it either. Been with my partner 7 years and we’re not married. Doesn’t make us less committed. Different strokes I guess

    • Embee says:

      Marriage feels safe to many. They want the commitment and the feeling that this will be “forever” even though divorce is easy. It’s hard to knock that urge with thousands of years of history telling us that we need to get married; it just doesn’t hold up under a logical analysis. But safety isn’t a super logical feeling.

      • Esmom says:

        It’s so true, well put. And “safety” may not even be about the couple. I know my mom literally could not relax until my sister and I were both “safely” married. And if I’m honest one of the main reasons I got married was because of her. I definitely had a wedding for her more than myself. I would have been fine with putting that money to more practical use. Sigh.

  6. Andrea says:

    I have been flowing him since he was the QB at my college (Cal – Go Bears)! He is so incredibly exciting to watch and the kind of player you can’t help but route for on the field. I also admire how he handled his family when they trashed Olivia Munn and tried to blame her for their estrangement from Aaron, which clearly stems from deeper issues that predate Munn and Aaron’s relationship. His family seems awful.

    Anywho, his personal life is none of my business but I just can’t shake the feeling his romantic relationships are fake. For whatever reason. I don’t really get a gay or straight vibe from him, but do get a showmance vibe. Regardless, I will always admire and respect him as an athlete. It’s too bad in this day and age people still have to pretend to be in a certain kind of relationship to appease the public.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I don’t know much about him, but have always found him attractive (except that last photo!). I didn’t realize they’d been together that long, they seemed pretty quiet compared to the time he was with Olivia.

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, I kinda recoiled at that last photo, too, lol. I’d actually forgotten they were even together.

  8. Melissa says:

    The beard comments always disappoint me, the implication that these (famous in their own right) women somehow need a man to raise their profile enough to fake years long relationships is gross.

    My tattoo artist just came out as bisexual, he has been married 20 years and has young children, now he and his wife and partner are an out throuple. I would never call her his beard. People are complicated.

    • Kk2 says:

      The bearding comments bug me too. It’s disrespectful to everyone involved. Even if it were 100 percent true, it would still be disrespectful. And invasive. If it were true, imagine the pressure of playing in the nfl at such a prominent position while gay rumors swirled around? What If he just wanted to be talked about for his on field accomplishments and not being the first major star to come out? What if he didn’t want to rub it in his family’s face if they disapprove? Isn’t that his business? Also I have never heard any reason people think this that isn’t based on homophobic stereotypes. It’s dumb and should be put to rest.

  9. Green Desert says:

    Wasn’t Danica quoted as saying some positive things about Trump after he was elected? I always wondered about these two as I think Aaron is more of a liberal guy. I think it would be difficult to be in a relationship with a professional athlete…the sport always comes first. But I just wonder about their personal values.

  10. detritus says:

    Aaron needs to up his sunscreen game. That’s all I got, I honestly forgot they were together.

  11. MaryContrary says:

    Quarantine is where the rubber meets the road-any issues you may have had that were able to glossed over by a life of busyness are coming to the forefront. I feel like most people I know have been thinking about their mortality, how they’re spending their lives, what they really value. Maybe she really wants to get married and have kids? Maybe they realized they’re just not compatible?

  12. Marigold says:

    I dated my husband for 6 years before we married. I was divorced and didn’t want to go there again. But we finally did marry and it changed things. At first it was bad and then it got very good. There is a different kind of commitment and you have to be all in or you can quickly go to all out. What I mean to say is that the bad can get worse because when you are married, you relax a bit and old ingrained habits/ideals that you didn’t even know you had can pop up. But for us, it became a real love story. We are about to celebrate 12 years. Of course, we are much older. So there is that.

  13. Bonnie says:

    FYI Great friends with someone who used to be in Danica’s inner circle. She is a true mean girl. Vicious, self-centered, arrogant beyond belief.

    Can’t comment on Arron as I have no info.

    • Green Desert says:

      I’ve always gotten that vibe from her. I listened to the episode of her podcast when Aaron was on because I like him. She was very self-congratulatory about how clean she eats and how she never has a “cheat” day and talked sh*t about people who don’t eat as healthy as her. She quickly recovered but there was a little glimpse of something there.

  14. Whatever says:

    Aaron’s family is deeply dysfunctional.

    His brother, a creepy reality star, is very critical of his brother and I think harbors great jealousy (never made it to the pros).

    His parents are quite controlling in that they openly discussed in the NYT how they stopped talking to their son bc he “changed” and “gone Hollywood.”

    Now keep in mind that Aaron grew up in a deeply conservative Christian family, so it would seem that as Aaron became more progressive, his folks deem that as “phony.”

    So I can see how Aaron may have trust issues.

    It’s hard when your family can’t be happy for you and trash you to the media.

    • Poots McBoots says:

      I can’t imagine that happening if I were ever in the public eye. How painful. Of course, I come from a wild family and I think that helps us see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Either someone is in my heart or they are not. Many of us in this fam are like that. So if we had a family member change quite a bit we wouldn’t do what it seems these folks did. “Gone Hollywood”. What kind of a remark is that? It’s not very loving, I know that. That’s so sad. He must feel so alienated from them. :(

  15. Mash says:

    Contract up.
    And for the people being offended by the bearding comments bearding just is we’re not in Hollywood they are everything that they do has a double meaning a double potential outcome we take pictures with our loved ones are significant others to capture memories they take pictures with their significant others and there’s a potential advertising opportunities potential branding opportunity there’s a potential modeling contract movie idea a promotion on your team bearding is the name of the game talk to publicist the whole gossip celebrity entertainment life cycle ecosystem it really blows me when comments on Gossip sites are like that because they don’t understand that bearding is a part of the entertainment ecosystem it’s all about image it’s silly for us but it’s everything for them just the way it is