NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley called it quits this week, almost exactly a year after Rodgers revealed they were engaged during the 2021 NFL awards. was reported as late as Wednesday, some fans have speculated that Rodgers may have hinted at the breakup in an Instagram post over the weekend. Rodgers and Woodley also sparked breakup rumors in December, following Rodgers’ controversial comments about coronavirus vaccines.
On February 11, Rodgers reflected on the past year after winning his fourth NFL MVP award. “Extremely grateful for my life. 17 years of incredible memories and lifelong friendships forged thanks to this game,” Rodgers wrote. “I am grateful for all the ups and downs this year and the growth opportunities on and off the field. Thank you for all the love and support.”
Some fans have suspected that the “lows” Rodgers is referring to could be his breakup with Woodley, notes E! News. However, he could also be referring to the disappointing end of the Green Bay Packers’ 2021 season. The team finished the regular season as the top seed, but were eliminated from the playoffs in a 13–10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Rodgers ended fame without a touchdown pass.
During the 2021 NFL honors show, Rodgers announced that he was engaged while accepting his third NFL Most Valuable Player award. Since this was after rumors of an affair between him and Woodley surfaced, it was correctly assumed that she was the fiancée he was referring to. Woodley later confirmed her relationship on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
On Wednesday, multiple sources told InTouch Weekly that the relationship was over. “While Shailene is supportive of Aaron’s career, he put football first and they barely spent any time together,” a source said. “She felt that he neglected her relationship. Neither of them was happy.” Sources said that Rodgers is “an independent guy” and “got chickened out” when it came to his wedding.
Another source told PEOPLE that it was an “amicable” split and that their relationship wasn’t working out. “They are very different people with busy careers and there were obstacles they couldn’t get over,” the source said. “They will remain friendly; no bad blood or drama. It just didn’t work for them.”
Rodgers became a controversial figure in November when he tested positive for the coronavirus. In August 2021, Rodgers said that he was “immunized,” but later revealed on The Pat McAfee Show in November that he had never received a COVID-19 vaccine. Rodgers claimed that he never lied and later criticized the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. As the controversy continued, Woodley defended Rodgers in a lengthy Instagram Story post, accusing the media of “grabbing at straws to disparage” the quarterback.
Just a few weeks after Woodley defended Rodgers, rumors began that the two were headed for a breakup after she failed to wish him a happy birthday publicly. In response, a source told PEOPLE in late December that they had a “non-traditional” relationship. “Shailene and Aaron are still together,” the source claimed at the time. “It’s not strange that they don’t post about each other on their birthdays in that sense, and they’re very private about things.”
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