If it seems like Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley’s relationship went from zero to 100, that’s because it reportedly did. In early February, we learned the new couple is apparently engaged, surprising both fans of the Green Bay Packers quarterback and the Big Little Lies star. It appears the people close to Rodgers and Woodley are just as shocked, too, if sources are to be believed.
“It was a surprise that they got so close so quickly,” a source close to Rodgers told People. “I mean, it really felt like one day he was with Danica Patrick, and then suddenly he was with Shailene. It happened super fast.”
Rodgers dated Patrick for two years before breaking up in July 2020. Meanwhile, Woodley told the New York Times last April she had recently split from her boyfriend, rugby player Ben Volavola, after being together for more than two years.
“I’ve chosen to be single for a while. The idea of being with someone… is it only because you’ve fallen in love with that person, or because there’s a newness to understanding yourself because of what that person can offer you?” Woodley said in the Times interview. Since she and Rodgers reportedly started dating, fell in love, and got engaged within a seven(ish) month timespan, it appears she didn’t stay single for long.
The insider also tells People that Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley’s relationship was “so fast that at first” friends thought it “was just a rebound.” The source explains, “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.”
Congrats, you two!