“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone—because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends—taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” she said. “We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”
Woodley added that while quarantine helped them get to know each other faster because they weren’t traveling for work as much, “I have the perspective that I would have met Aaron in any context, any space in time, because I feel we were meant to be together.”
Woodley and Rodgers’ exact relationship start date isn’t known. But Rodgers was in a relationship with Danica Patrick until July 2020, and Woodley described herself as single in April 2020.
Their engagement was revealed in February 2021, but Woodley later admitted they had actually been privately engaged for a while before the public found out. “Yes, we are engaged, we are engaged,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in late February. “But for us, it’s not new news, you know, 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. Yeah, we got engaged a while ago. It’s been—he’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being, but I never thought I’d be engaged to someone who threw balls [footballs, specifically] for a living. I never thought as a little girl, ‘Yeah. I’m going to marry someone who throws balls, yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it, and I’m really impressed. He can throw fast balls, he can throw slow balls, high balls, low balls. When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, ‘If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him.’”
A source close to Rodgers spoke to People in February about how shocked his friends were about his fast romance with Woodley. “It was a surprise that they got so close so quickly,” the source said. “I mean, it really felt like one day he was with Danica Patrick, and then suddenly he was with Shailene. It happened super fast.”
“It was so fast that at first, we thought she was just a rebound,” the source continued. “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.
“Now we realize that it was clearly a lot more serious than they told anyone,” the source added. “All this goes to show that this must be a very special relationship for him and for her. So everyone wishes them happiness.”
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