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Aaron Rodgers thanks his 'fiancee' Shailene Woodley upon accepting 2020 NFL MVP award


Cue the surprise wedding bells!

NFL star Aaron Rodgers dropped a MAJOR bomb on Saturday night when he accepted the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player award via a gracious acceptance speech on YouTube.

The hunky athlete, 37, mentioned that he ‘got engaged’ during the year, and thanked his ‘fiancee’ – who it would seem is his rumored girlfriend Shailene Woodley.

Wedding bells: NFL star Aaron Rodgers (seen here in January) dropped a MAJOR bomb on Saturday night when he accepted the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player award and thanked...

Wedding bells: NFL star Aaron Rodgers (seen here in January) dropped a MAJOR bomb on Saturday night when he accepted the 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player award and thanked…

...his purported 'fiancee' Shailene Woodley, whom was only recently rumored to be dating the star athlete; seen here in July 2019

…his purported ‘fiancee’ Shailene Woodley, whom was only recently rumored to be dating the star athlete; seen here in July 2019

Among the people Rodgers thanked for supporting him for the MVP award – which is his third – he also included Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, who costars with Woodley in this month’s The Mauritanian.

Aaron’s speech comes just days after it was reported that Shailene, 29, has been dating the football star.

The Big Little Lies actress and the Green Bay Packers quarterback are said to be enjoying a ‘private and low key’ romance, according to E! News.

‘They have kept things private and low key,’ a source told the outlet, adding that the pair’s relationship has been a ‘long distance’ one.

Gracious acceptance speech: The hunky athlete, 37, mentioned that he 'got engaged' during the year, and thanked his 'fiancee' in the speech via YouTube

Gracious acceptance speech: The hunky athlete, 37, mentioned that he ‘got engaged’ during the year, and thanked his ‘fiancee’ in the speech via YouTube

Already engaged?! Shailene Woodley is reportedly dating football star Aaron Rodgers, as reported by E! News on Tuesday

Already engaged?! Shailene Woodley is reportedly dating football star Aaron Rodgers, as reported by E! News on Tuesday

Already engaged?! Shailene Woodley is reportedly dating football star Aaron Rodgers, as reported by E! News on Tuesday

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Woodley has been hunkered down in Montreal, Canada as she films the serial killer thriller Misanthrope, according to Canada Live and Variety

Although his season came to an end last month, Rodgers spent the past few months staying ‘very focused on his season’ with the Green Bay Packers.

Unfortunately, Rodgers and his team missed their chance at the Super Bowl after losing to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 24th.

Despite the distance, Shailene and Aaron ‘have seen each other and been in touch,’ the source revealed.

Hard at work: Shailene and Aaron have been in a long distance relationship, with the actress Woodley filming the serial killer thriller Misanthrope in Montreal, Canada; Shailene pictured in 2019

Hard at work: Shailene and Aaron have been in a long distance relationship, with the actress Woodley filming the serial killer thriller Misanthrope in Montreal, Canada; Shailene pictured in 2019

On the field: Meanwhile, Rodgers spent the past few months staying 'very focused on his season' with the Green Bay Packers; Rodgers pictured in 2020

On the field: Meanwhile, Rodgers spent the past few months staying ‘very focused on his season’ with the Green Bay Packers; Rodgers pictured in 2020

‘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.’ 

Prior to Rodgers, Woodley was romantically linked to Fijian rugby player Ben Volavola from 2017 until their split in 2019.

Last spring, the Divergent actress revealed to the New York Times that she was ‘very much single’ and had ‘chosen to be single for a while’ before jumping back into the dating game.

Former flame: Prior to Rodgers, Woodley was romantically linked to Fijian rugby player Ben Volavola from 2017 until their split in 2019; Ben and Shailene pictured in 2019

Former flame: Prior to Rodgers, Woodley was romantically linked to Fijian rugby player Ben Volavola from 2017 until their split in 2019; Ben and Shailene pictured in 2019

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Speaking candidly about her breakup with Volavola, Woodley explained to Bustle that, although they were ‘very much on the road to marriage and children,’ she just was not ready for that commitment.

‘I realized I was still at an age where I wasn’t able to fully commit. I couldn’t be available to him in the way that I wanted to be. I didn’t fully love myself,’ she concluded.

As for Aaron, the handsome quarterback famously ended his two-year relationship with former professional racing driver Danica Patrick in July of 2020.

And they're done! As for Aaron, the handsome quarterback famously ended his two-year relationship with former professional racing driver Danica Patrick in July of 2020; Danica and Aaron pictured in 2018

And they’re done! As for Aaron, the handsome quarterback famously ended his two-year relationship with former professional racing driver Danica Patrick in July of 2020; Danica and Aaron pictured in 2018

In a statement to Page Six, Rodgers confirmed that he and the 37-year-old were ‘no longer together.’

In the midst of their breakup, Patrick went on Instagram and posted a slew of cryptic relationship-oriented quotes, including one by relationship coach Connor Beaton that read: ‘The pain that we are given is the pain that we pass on.’

Aaron also famously dated actress Olivia Munn from 2014 until their ‘amicable’ split in 2017.

Three year romance: Aaron also famously dated actress Olivia Munn from 2014 until their 'amicable' split in 2017; Aaron and Olivia pictured in 2015

Three year romance: Aaron also famously dated actress Olivia Munn from 2014 until their ‘amicable’ split in 2017; Aaron and Olivia pictured in 2015

In an interview with ESPN Magazine in August of 2017, Rodgers opened up about ending things with the Newsroom star, remarking that ‘living out a relationship in the public eye, it’s definitely … it’s difficult.’

‘It has some extra constraints, because you have other opinions about your relationship, how it affects your work and, you know, just some inappropriate connections,’ he explained.

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Since ending her relationship with Volavola and trying things out with Rodgers, Woodley has been a lot more candid about her private life, including the topic of sex. 

Opening up: Since putting her relationship with Volavola and trying things out with Rodgers, Woodley has been a lot more candid about her private life, including the topic of sex; Shailene pictured in 2020

Opening up: Since putting her relationship with Volavola and trying things out with Rodgers, Woodley has been a lot more candid about her private life, including the topic of sex; Shailene pictured in 2020

In an Ask Her column for men’s website Leo one person inquired: ‘If the sex is not great but the relationship is thriving, do you call it quits or work on it?’  

The stunner admitted that she has had bad sex ‘more than once’ in her life, but that ‘bad sex is simply two people who haven’t quite found the language that speaks to their unique lives together yet.’ 

She continued: ‘And although you occasionally and very rarely do meet someone whom you spontaneously sexually combust with – most of the time, sex is a lesson in true intimacy.’ 



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