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Shailene Woodley Reveals the Agreement She and Aaron Rodgers Made After Getting Engaged
After Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers got engaged, they decided to run a trick play. In a new interview, the actress explains why the couple initially decided to keep the news private.
Of course, the defense saw right through that one. As reports about their romance spread, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and the actress knew they’d have to go public with their relationship sooner rather than later. So, Rodgers announced his engagement during his MVP acceptance speech at the NFL Honors in February, and Woodley confirmed the news in a Tonight Show interview a few weeks later.
“When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn’t want someone else to do it before we did,” she explained in The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest cover story. “And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged, but the reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble.'”
According to the magazine, the two were introduced through mutual friends, both musicians, and grew their bond during the pandemic, moving in together within a few months and traveling back and forth between California and Wisconsin.
“You could travel, but you had masks on,” Woodley recalled. “There was a sense of anonymity that otherwise I don’t think we would have had. We were really able to get to know one another the way we wanted to get to know one another and not have any noise or chaos around us.”
This is basically a page straight out of Rodgers’ playbook. The longtime QB has been known to be pretty private, even keeping the sports world in suspense as rumors about his NFL future continue to make headlines. And though fans have gotten a glimpse into their world—the pair were spotted vacationing in Hawaii and Disney World and the Big Little Lies alum showed her support during Rodgers’ Jeopardy! hosting gig—neither he nor Woodley has ever seemed super fond of the attention that comes with living in the public eye.
“I didn’t want fame,” she explained. “I didn’t have in my head, ‘I want to be at the Oscars one day.’ In school, I never told people I was an actor. Kids would be like, ‘I saw you on My Name Is Earl last night,’ and it was like a taunting, a way of making me feel insecure at the time.”