Aaron Rodgers claims that he and Shailene Woodley are still seeing each other
Aaron Rodgers seemed to hint that he and Shailene Woodley are still seeing each other, despite numerous insiders believing they have broken up and the 'Fault in Our Stars' actress having been spotted without her engagement ring less than a week ago.
"When your home life is stable and you have an amazing partner to do life with, it just makes the work life a bonus and it changes your perspective because you’re able to not look at work as, like, a refuge," the NFL MVP, 38, said on 'The Pat McAfee Show' Tuesday. "I've been with you two years, won two MVPs — that's not a coincidence, either," Rodgers said he told Woodley, 30.
Rodgers claims that athletes' significant others are generally viewed as "possible distractions," yet he attributes much of his recent success in the NFL to the 'Big Little Lies' star. "I know, for me, it’s been great the last two seasons to have that stability at home," the Green Bay Packers quarterback added.
"When things are good in your personal life and your relationships, your friendships, your loved ones," Rodgers told McAfee, "it allows you to just relax and be so much more grateful, I think, for the little things in life."
"Oh yeah, without a doubt," the football player said when asked if Woodley had "changed" and "shaped" him since they started dating. "I’ve learned so much from her," he remarked. "She’s just an incredible woman — talented, smart, kind. I said it last night, she taught me what unconditional love looks like."
Rodgers was referring to a Monday Instagram post in which he expressed thanks, praised Woodley for "always having my back," and even included a photo of them cuddling. On McAfee's show, the quarterback also remarked that having a companion like Woodley made life "more enjoyable, tasteful, and exciting."
"When you meet your person, life just changes, and you can’t possibly not be changed being around those special people that we meet,” he didn't seem to be able to quit chanting her praises. “Friendships can do that. Relationships can do that. And you’re never the same because you know that you can’t be." Rodgers may, however, have provided insight into what may have sparked the divorce rumors during the interview.
"They’re very different people with busy careers, and there were obstacles that they couldn’t surmount," one of the insiders who claimed to know about the breakup told People.
Rodgers previously revealed he did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and insiders stated the couple was "not talking about their politics" and had resolved to "agree to disagree and not debate" about issues. He admitted to McAfee that he felt "a lot of remorse" about the issue and how it affected Woodley and his family.
"I am very sorry to those people — Shai, my loved ones, and my agents," he stated. "I didn’t realize the kind of shrapnel they’d be taking." "I never meant to get you in the middle of it," Rodgers added, "but you got into it by proxy because of your relationship with me, and I love you guys. I appreciate the support."
Rodgers quietly acknowledged his "fiancée" while winning the Most Valuable Player award during the NFL Honors in February 2021. Soon after, a source verified to People that the couple was indeed engaged.