Shailene Woodley says she and Aaron Rodgers 'were meant to be together.' Here's a complete timeline of their relationship.
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley announced their engagement in 2021. Nic Antaya / Getty Images; Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty Images
NFL star Aaron Rodgers and actress Shailene Woodley announced their engagement in February 2021.
It is unclear how they met, but Woodley said they connected during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since going public, they have posted about each other on social media and visited Disney World.
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley's relationship came out of nowhere.
The couple were first married in early 2021 and announced their engagement dates after reports circulated that they were together. Since going public, the 37-year-old athlete and 29-year-old actress have given fans a glimpse into their low-key relationship.
Here is a full timeline of Rodgers and Woodley's relationship.
February 3, 2021: E! News reported that Rodgers and Woodley were together
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley were first linked in February 2021. Logan Riely / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP
"They've kept things private and low-key," an anonymous source told the publication, adding that they "focus on their careers but also take time for each other."
The following day, People and Us Weekly also confirmed the relationship.
"They started out as friends, but things have gotten romantic," a source told the latter publication.
They added, "The two of them stay in touch while living apart. The relationship is long-distance at the moment, but they make it work."
Feb. 6: Amidst dating speculation, Rodgers casually revealed he was engaged when he received an award
Rodgers was named MVP 2021 at the NFL Honors Awards.
"2020 was definitely a crazy year, filled with a lot of change, growth, some amazing memorable moments, 180 days of getting my nose hair scraped and playing for very little fans," he said in his acceptance speech. "I got engaged and played the best football of my career."
After thanking his teammates and other members of the NFL, he also called out to people off the field who were close to him - including longtime Green Bay Packers fan Jodie Foster and "my fiancée".
Although Rodgers did not name his fiancée, many speculated that, given the timing of recent dating reports, he was referring to Woodley.
February 22, 2021: Woodley confirmed their engagement during a virtual appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
The "Divergent" actress told Fallon that her announcement was not "new news" as they had been engaged "for a while".
Woodley called Rodgers a "wonderful, incredible person".
"I never thought I'd be engaged to someone who throws balls for a living," she added.
Woodley also joked that if she didn't date Rodgers after meeting him, her dog would "deny" her because he is great at playing fetch because of his soccer skills.
And despite being in a relationship with a high profile athlete, the Fault in Our Stars actress said she has never been to a soccer game.
"We met at this crazy, crazy time and all the stadiums he played in were closed so I have yet to go to a soccer game," Woodley said, referring to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "I didn't really grow up with sports, especially American sports. It was never really on my radar."
Aaron Rodgers plays for the Green Bay Packers. Mike Römer / AP
"I don't know him as a footballer," said Woodley of her fiancé. "I know him as the nerd who wants to host 'Jeopardy'. He's the guy I know. He's just very good at sports too."
Woodley also gave fans a look at her ring during the interview, and Rare Carat's Ajay Anad told Insider that it could be 6 carats and is worth $ 500,000.
April 2, 2021: Rodgers said the pandemic helped the couple keep their engagement under wraps
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley are engaged. Stacy Revere / Getty Images; Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP
"COVID was a huge help with this because it just wasn't the same amount of travel," he told USA Today. "Wearing a mask all the time just gives you a little more anonymity. But we spent a lot of time together during the season and then shortly after we got engaged, she went out to make a movie."
Rodgers also told the publication that he and Woodley have not yet found a wedding date.
April 2021: Before Rodgers' stint on Jeopardy, Woodley encouraged her Instagram followers to watch the game show
The Secret Life of American Teenagers posted a video of herself in a vehicle with Rodgers on her Instagram stories and said, "This guy is super sexy, super handsome, just shaved his neck this morning , has a little man who has grown buns, This guy is hosting Jeopardy tonight! You can see it, and you should see it. "
When asked what viewers might expect, Rodgers teased, "Laughter, maybe a few tears, excitement, mystery."
- Shailene Woodley Updates (@PlanetShailene) April 5, 2021
They went live on Instagram later that day when Rodgers answered 10 questions about his first night hosting "Jeopardy."
Her livestream was crashed by Woodley's 95-pound dog, and in the end she joked, “Who else argues with their partners about how much they can cuddle their dog?
April 9, 2021: Woodley again showed her support for Rodgers as the host of "Jeopardy"
The actress posted a video on her Instagram story showing herself and Rodgers sitting on a couch watching the show.
When it appeared on the screen, she said, “Woo! Who is this sexy man
- Shailene Woodley Updates (@PlanetShailene) April 10, 2021
April 2021: The couple visited Disney World and participated in an interview together
They visited the theme park in Orlando, Florida in early April. In an interview with Disney blog Chip and Company, Rodgers and Woodley raved about their stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
They talked about being "Star Wars" fans plus their favorite Disney movies and songs.
The couple also said they planned on doing as many activities as possible at Disney World, such as visiting the "Star Wars" themed attractions, snacks, and kisses in the Magic Kingdom.
May 2021: Rodgers and Woodley competed in the Kentucky Derby together
They met up with Miles Teller, who starred alongside Woodley in the "Divergent" series and the film "The Spectacular Now," and a few other friends.
Rodgers and Woodley posed in photos that Teller's wife Keleigh Sperry Teller shared on Instagram.
Woodley wore a light pink shirt and pants, while Rodgers wore a purple shirt and black suit. Both stars wore oversized hats, an essential accessory of the Kentucky Derby.
Late May 2021: The couple spent time in Hawaii with Teller and Sperry Teller
Amid speculation that Rodgers might want to leave the Packers, the athlete has given up the team's off-season volunteer training sessions for a vacation with his fiancée.
In photos and videos shared by Sperry Teller, the two couples were seen hiking, posing for selfies, singing to Taylor Swift's track "The 1", and exploring waterfalls.
June 2021: Woodley told Shape magazine that she and Rodgers "should be together"
"Starting a relationship where you move in with someone right away - because it's a pandemic and you can't just get on a plane and go back and forth on the weekend - taught us a lot about each other very quickly," Woodley told the publication. "We jumped in headlong and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early on."
The actress also said that she and the athlete would always find each other.
"My perspective is that I would have met Aaron in any context and at any time because I feel like we should be together," she said.
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