Blast from the past. Danica Patrick’s reaction to Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley’s engagement was revealed, and it doesn’t look like she has any ill will toward her ex-boyfriend—but that doesn’t mean their breakup was any less difficult for her.
The professional race car driver and the Green Bay Packers quarterback dated from 2018 to 2020. The two made their first public appearance as a couple at the Daytona 500 in February 2018. The couple continued their PDA at the ESPY Awards in July 2018. After more than two years of dating, Patrick’s rep confirmed in July 2020 that Rodgers and Patrick had split. “I can confirm that Danica and Aaron are no longer together,” the rep said in a statement at the time. The news came after Patrick unfollowed Rodgers on her social media.
Following their breakup, Patrick revealed that their split left her heart feeling “broken open”—but it was through this “heartbreak” that she was able to grow. “I think we learn the most about ourselves through relationships, but there’s nothing like heartbreak to really throw you in the deep end of that,” she said during an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls on Monday, April 12, as per Us Weekly. “But I’ve learned a lot and as broken open as I was on the sad end, I have felt so much joy in so many more instances and so many more unlikely places than I ever have, so it’s like my heart got broken open to both ends of the spectrum.”
As for how she feels about her ex’s new engagement, it seems like there are no hard feelings. As a source previously told HollywoodLife on Monday, February 22, Patrick has been focused on “traveling and working on her podcast [Pretty Intense.]” The insider also noted that, while Patrick pictured a future with Rodgers, she’s moved on from their relationship.
“[Danica] was in love. She wanted to start a family,” the source said. “She wanted to get married. That didn’t happen. She has grieved about it, but Danica is a tremendously tough woman, and dealing with Aaron is not a part of her future, so she has decided to avoid thinking about him. She is letting the past be the past.”
Woodley confirmed her engagement to Rodgers in an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 22. “So it’s kind of funny. Everybody right now is freaking out over it and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while,” she said. “He’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being. But I never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living. Like, I never thought as a little girl…‘Yeah, when I grow up, I’m gonna marry someone who throws balls! Yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it.”
She went on to reveal that she never imagined herself marrying a professional football player. “We met during this whacky, whacky time and all the stadiums were closed that he was playing in, so I have yet to go to a football game. I didn’t really grow up with sports, especially American sports,” she said. “It was never really on my radar. When we met, also, I knew he was a football guy, but I didn’t know like what kind of a football guy he was. And I’m still constantly learning.”