Aaron Rodgers & Shailene Woodley happened ‘super fast’ last summer, huh

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As we now know, Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley are engaged. Rodgers announced that news over the weekend, and the whole thing was so secretive, people even questioned whether Shailene was actually his fiancee. Despite some weird “everyone in Green Bay knew!” after-the-fact gossip, it really does seem like this entire relationship – and now engagement – has taken people by complete surprise. People Magazine’s sources are kind of emphasizing how fast this happened, and how people thought Shailene was just a rebound when they started dating… right after his breakup with Danica Patrick.

Just days after Aaron Rodgers announced that he was engaged, those close to the 37-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback say they were shocked to learn that he and actress Shailene Woodley got so serious, so fast.

“It was a surprise that they got so close so quickly,” a source close to the athlete tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I mean, it really felt like one day he was with Danica Patrick, and then suddenly he was with Shailene. It happened super fast.”

Rodgers and former race car driver Patrick split in July of last year after two years together, Patrick’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE at the time. Woodley was last linked to rugby player Ben Volavola, whom she reportedly met in Fiji while she was filming the movie Adrift. She revealed that they had split in an April 2020 interview with the New York Times.

Insiders say that Rodgers and Woodley immediately clicked over the summer and began spending a lot of time together.

“It was so fast that at first, we thought she was just a rebound,” says the source close to Rodgers. “There was no way this could be so serious. Everyone thought it was a casual thing because that’s what he was telling everyone, even when it was clearly not a casual thing.”

Just days before the NFL Honors event, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Rodgers has been dating Woodley. One source told PEOPLE that Rodgers seems very happy with the 29-year-old Big Little Lies star.

“Now we realize that it was clearly a lot more serious than they told anyone,” says the source to PEOPLE. “All this goes to show that this must be a very special relationship for him and for her. So everyone wishes them happiness.”

[From People]

If you like reading between the lines, it does seem like there was some overlap between his relationships with Danica and Shailene, and the sort of confirmation that Aaron and Shailene were seeing each other and getting very serious LAST SUMMER. Very suspicious. But yeah, I’m fully prepared for all of the “when you know, you know” people to come out of the woodwork, but I think Aaron is just kind of a “messy personal life” guy. Good football player, charming, charismatic, handsome, intelligent… and messy in romantic and familial relationships.

Aaron Rodgers, Danica Patrick at the 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles

Shailene Woodley attending the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | usage worldwide

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12 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers & Shailene Woodley happened ‘super fast’ last summer, huh”

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  1. Smile says:

    Overlap for sure!!!

  2. Nina Simone says:

    Is it true Danica introduced them? I’ve seen that here and elsewhere. If so…messy!!

    • InVain says:

      Yes, I’ve read that through several online sources. That the women were friends and she introduced her to Aaron. Even if there wasn’t an introduction the timing still deserves some side-eyeing

  3. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    How’d they even meet?
    I wonder if she’s pregnant…
    I’m glad Aaron finally settled down. Let his poom poom rest for a while.

  4. gunner_runner says:

    Danica to Shailene — almost like the roommate switch. Looks like he pulled it off haha

  5. Girl_ninja says:

    I love Aaron but yeah, he’s a messy one.

  6. molly says:

    I’ll be shocked if they actually get married, but good for them, I suppose.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Aaron, you are gonna be like your brother Jordan.

    Don’t be like your brother Jordan.

  8. Corick says:

    Didn’t he and danica break-up because he didn’t want to settle down?

  9. wendywoo says:

    Maybe, just maybe, Olivia Munn wasn’t the problematic one in that relationship.