- Aaron Rodgers is an NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion.
- He has been romantically linked to women from Destiny Newton to Olivia Munn to Danica Patrick.
- He and Shailene Woodley ended their engagement in 2022.
- In 2023, he was reportedly dating Mallory Edens.
Aaron Rodgers‘ love life has been looked at with just as much interest as his football stats. The quarterback — who joined the Green Bay Packers in 2005 and took over the starter QB role in 2008 — has been under the limelight for quite some time, leading to many relationships with many A-listers. From his high-profile relationship with Olivia Munn to his time with Danica Patrick to his short-lived engagement with Shailene Woodley, Aaron has quite the dating history to look back on.
However, in 2023, Aaron is looking forward to the future. Aaron is already moving on in his love and professional life. After eighteen seasons with the Packers, Aaron is on the verge of following in the footsteps of Green Bay legend Brett Favre, by joining the New York Jets.
“Since Friday my intention was to play for the New York Jets.. it’s the compensation that’s holding things up” ~ @AaronRodgers12#PMSLive pic.twitter.com/p7i0QBo2qQ
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 15, 2023
While mulling retirement, Aaron (who turns 40 in December 2023) took a short retreat to work out what he wanted, only to realize he still had more gas in the tank. “I was interested in where [the Packers] would be at mentally,” he said on the Mar. 15 episode of The Pat McAfee Show, “and everything that I was told in the week that I was in Green Bay was, ‘Take as long as you want, and we want you to retire a Packer. You want to come back and play, obviously, the door is wide open.’ So that was the information I was going on,” he explained. “Now, when I came out of the darkness, something changed. I’m not exactly sure what that was, but something changed.”
“I made it clear my intention was to play and to play for the New York Jets, and I haven’t been holding anything up,” he said. ‘”It’s the compensation the Packers are trying to get.”
Aaron’s declaration to join Gang Green came a few months after speculation that he had begun dating Mallory Edens. So, as he figures out his next step — both on and off the field — here’s a look back at his romantic history.
Aaron’s first big-time relationship as a famous athlete was with his childhood best friend-turned-lover, Destiny Newton. They began to date in 2011, after being “best friends for nine years” and meeting “at church camp,” Destiny’s mom told Radar Online nearly a decade ago. She added, “They’re very happy together, and our family loves him.” Their love story appeared to end in 2013 when reports of their breakup began surfacing.
While this relationship was never confirmed, Aaron was widely believed to have dated Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr, 35. They were first rumored to be together in 2011, and then reportedly “got back together over the holidays” between Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014, Us Weekly claimed.
One of Aaron’s most famous relationships was with The Predator star Olivia Munn, 40. They dated for nearly three years, between 2014-2017, but not without some drama. Aaron’s dad, Ed Rodgers, revealed that his son had not spoken to their family since 2014 — the same year the NFL star began dating Olivia — saying that “fame can change things” in an interview with The New York Times published in Jan. 2017.
Olivia had been accused of being one of the reasons this estrangement happened. She finally shot down the rumors while appearing on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show in May of 2018. “On my last day when I was filming The Newsroom, I spent the day in my trailer just encouraging [Aaron] to, like, have an honest conversation with your parents,” Olivia had recalled. She wanted a reunion to happen — which finally did take place on Aaron’s birthday in Dec. 2018.
After learning Aaron reunited with his parents, Olivia told TMZ Sports, “Oh my gosh, if that’s true, that’s amazing. It’s long overdue.”
Following his romance with Olivia, Aaron didn’t take long to enter another highly-publicized relationship. NASCAR race car driver Danica Patrick, 38, confirmed that she was dating Aaron in Jan. 2018 and made their public debut as a couple at the Daytona 500 the next month. They even attended the ESPYS together that year, where the athletes first met in 2012!
Aaron and Danica’s relationship appeared picture-perfect: they often shared happy couple’s photos and enjoyed romantic getaways together. One of Aaron’s most thoughtful gestures was surprising Danica with a trip to Paris for her 37th birthday in March of 2019 (as you can see above). By Nov. 2019, they had even purchased a $28 million Malibu mansion in cash, per Variety. However, their fairy-tale romance unexpectedly came to an end in July 2020, when Danica’s rep confirmed with HollywoodLife that they’re “no longer together.”
Aaron went about his next romance very privately, it seems. Just days after the football star was reportedly in a “long-distance relationship” with Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley, 30, he revealed he was “engaged!” While accepting his third MVP Award on the NFL Honors broadcast on Feb. 6, he reflected on the ups and downs of 2020, then saying, “I got engaged.” Toward the end of the speech, he said he wanted to “thank his fiancée” but didn’t name Shailene. Days later, People magazine confirmed that Shailene was the woman who Aaron had gotten engaged.
Leading up to the initial dating report, which was reported by E! News, Aaron had been staying in Wisconsin for the NFL season (it ended when his Packers team lost the NFC Championship Game at the end of Jan. 2021). Shailene, meanwhile, wasn’t even in the country; she had been filming her new movie Misanthrope in Montreal, Canada. Despite the distance, Aaron and Shailene “have seen each other and been in touch,” the report added. “They continue to talk and see each other when they can. They are both focused on their careers, but they also make time for each other.” Overall, though, the source said that this rumored couple “have kept things private and low key.”
After less than two years together, reports surfaced that the pair had called it a day in February 2022. After rumors that they’d broken up, it was reported that the two had ended things permanently, per TMZ. Despite the breakup, the pair apparently tried to work things out. Shailene was still Aaron’s date to a wedding he was officiating in March, and a source close to the NFL star told HollywoodLife exclusively that he was “working on reconciling” with his ex, but the relationship fizzled out once again.
The pair split up once more in April, and it seems like they’re done for good this time! A source told E! News at the time that they broke up because “everything was on his terms and nothing was going to change.”
About two months after the split from Shailene, it was reported that Aaron was romantically tied to a new woman named Blu. While neither has confirmed their relationship, Blu did take to her social media to address reports which had said her name was “Blu of the Earth” and reported that she was a “witch.” She denied the witch claims and clarified her name, but she didn’t address the rumors that she’s dating Aaron, according to The New York Post.
In the first month of 2023, there were reports that Aaron had struck up a romance with Mallory Edens. Mallory (b. 1996) is the daughter of Wes Edens, an American billionaire businessman who is co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Premiere League team Aston Villa. Aaron celebrated his 39th birthday with Mallory courtside at a Bucks game, leading to some to speculate about a potential relationship. TMZ confirmed that the two were an item.
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