Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick made headlines last week with news of the sports power-couple’s breakup. Over the weekend, Patrick appeared to offer some thoughts on the split through several posts to social media. While Rodgers has remained quiet on the situation, according to multiple reports, there appears to be a reason the two-time NFL MVP called an audible on his relationship with Patrick.
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick a match made in sports heaven
Like many athletes, Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick met for the first time in 2012 at The ESPYs. It was a casual encounter. Things heated up years later after Rodgers and then-girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, broke up. Patrick and Rodgers started dating in 2017, although it wasn’t confirmed until January 2018.
The two made it official a month later when Rodgers and Patrick were seen kissing just before the start of the Daytona 500, Patrick’s last race on the NASCAR circuit. After appearing together in July of that year at the ESPYs where they first met, Rodgers, who has always been very guarded on his love life, publicly confessed his love for Patrick in an interview with Artful Magazine.
“We’re just two people who enjoy being around each other and love each other,” Rodgers said. “We’re really into each other. So there are going to be [social media] posts with each other because we enjoy each other’s company a lot. We’re really attracted to each other.”
Rodgers and Patrick break up
In early July, speculation swirled that there was trouble in paradise between the former NASCAR driver and eight-time Pro Bowler. One of the first signs came when Patrick was a no-show at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, where she had attended and supported her beau the year before. The next clue came when Patrick stopped following Aaron Rodgers on Instagram.
On July 16, 2020, a rep for Patrick confirmed to the New York Post the two were no longer together. Over the weekend, Patrick shared a post on Instagram with a quote from Vienna Pharaon, a licensed marriage and family therapist.
“Look at the chosen relationship in your life and notice any themes,” the passage began. “What role do you play? Who are you with them? Who do you believe you need to be? What stories do you tell yourself about what they can offer you? What can they or can’t they handle?
“The way you choose people may offer you insight into what you’re craving or what shifts you may need to make in order to shift an overworked role you’ve held for a long time,” the message concluded.
Aaron Rodgers linked to new woman
It wasn’t long after Danica Patrick’s rep confirmed her relationship with Aaron Rodgers was over before rumors linked the Green Bay signal-caller to another woman. According to the website Terez Owens, the reason Patrick didn’t make the trip to Lake Tahoe two weeks ago is because another woman had gone in her place.
“It seemed like Aaron had found his perfect partner in Danica Patrick. Danica had no idea when she introduced actress Shailene Woodley to Aaron that Shailene would make a play for him,” the website wrote based on information it had received in its anonymous tips box. “Shailene and Aaron were quite cozy this past weekend in Tahoe (American Century Championship). Looks like Aaron traded to a much younger girlfriend. Danica is devastated by Aaron’s betrayal.”
While there is no official confirmation on the new couple, Aaron Rodgers does have a track record of dating high-profile women with Patrick, and before that Munn, another actress. Whether or not Rodgers dumped Patrick for Woodley, time will tell. One thing, however, is for sure—with training camp scheduled to start next month, Rodgers will get all the Love he needs on the football field.