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Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers sure know how to keep a big little secret! The Fault in Our Stars actress, 29, confirmed her engagement to the NFL player, 37, Monday during an interview with The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon.
“Yes, we are engaged,” she told Fallon. “We are engaged. 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.’”
When did Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers get engaged?
According to Woodley, she and Rodgers “got engaged a while ago.” Rodgers revealed during the NFL Honors in early February that he was engaged…though he did not mention his fiancée’s name.
“2020 was definitely a crazy year filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing, memorable moments,” he said while accepting the 2020 MVP award. “One hundred-eighty straight days of having my nose hair scraped, a plan for very little fans or no stands the entire season. I got engaged, and I played some of the best football of my career.”
The news came days after E! News reported that the couple was an item. “They have kept things private and low key,” a source told the outlet.
When did Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers meet?
The Big Little Lies star and Green Bay Packers quarterback met amid the pandemic. “We met during this whacky, whacky time and all of the stadiums were closed that he was playing in, so I’ve yet to go to a football game,” Woodley shared with Fallon. “I didn’t really grow up with sports, especially American sports. It was never really on my radar.”
She continued, “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.”
Why we’re totally shipping this surprising couple
Prior to meeting her future husband, Woodley had never watched a football game, and has yet to attend one. The actress also confessed that she never pictured herself marrying a football player.
“He’s first off just a wonderful, incredible human being, but I never thought I’d be engaged to somebody who threw balls for a living,” she said of Rodgers. “Like I never thought as a little girl, I was like, ‘Yeah, when I grow up, I’m going to marry someone who throws balls, yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it.”
While Rodgers is a football star, his fiancée doesn’t “know him as a football guy.” Woodley said, “I know him as, like, the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy!. That’s the dude I know. He just happens to also be very good at sports.”
During quarantine last April, Woodley told Parade.com that when it came to relationships, she did not “really want anyone to come” into her life “to fill a void.” “I want them to come into my life to add to what I’ve already been able to create,” she said. “I think all relationships, every single time that you find any connection with someone, it’s more about what they teach you about yourself. And what shades and colors they reveal to you about you.”
At the time, Woodley noted, “I’m at a place in my life where I feel that before I can offer myself, my whole self, to someone else, I really have to offer myself to myself, which I’ve never really done before. I’m taking the time to really get to know me for who I am today, and fully with the acknowledgment that we continually evolve and grow.”
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