Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers have reportedly broken up — again — perhaps for good after the actor finally realized something about the football star that should have been pretty apparent back in the fall when he flouted NFL COVID safety protocols and dragged her into his anti-vaccine Controversy.
“Shailene felt everything was on Aaron’s terms and it wasn’t making her happy,” an insider told People magazine, which reported that the couple had ended their on-off relationship.
Perhaps the same insider, or a different one, told E! News: “Shailene tried to give it another shot and was spending time with Aaron. But she quickly saw that everything was on his terms and nothing was going to change. There was no reason to continue and she’s done with it again.”
The Green Bay Packers quarterback, 38, and the “Big Little Lies” star, 30, initially broke up in early February, just after he won his second-straight NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Three months earlier, he had tested positive for the virus, admitted he was not vaccinated and was accused of deliberately misleading reporters about his vaccine status and of violating NFL COVID safety protocols.
Rodgers’ response to criticism was to go on “The Pat McAfee Show,” rail against the “woke mob” and say he’d been getting medical advice from controversial podcaster Joe Rogan — comments that led to him being widely accused of disseminating misinformation about the pandemic and of being an arrogant, narcissistic crackpot with a persecution complex.
Even though Rodgers might have been all those things, Woodley apparently decided to give him another chance. They reconciled later in February.
The Chico-reared former Cal Golden Bears QB went back on McAfee’s show to praise Woodley as his “person” and to credit her for transforming his life, helping him to become a better, more grateful person, as well as an NFL quarterback capable of winning two back-to-back MVP awards.
Woman laughing in the background of the Aaron Rodgers/Pat McAfee interview. Shailene Woodley? pic.twitter.com/01PMSpf5CR
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 22, 2022
Rodgers also apologized to her and to other friends, loved ones and colleagues for his controversial statements about COVID-19 vaccines. Rodgers, who became the butt of jokes, suffered significant damage to his once-golden reputation his as a likable American sports hero. The glow around him and Woodley, as a beloved celebrity super couple, also began to dim.
“One thing I’m sad about and apologetic about is that I didn’t realize in the midst of the COVID conversations, how much my situation was affecting my loved ones and my people, the people who support me and love me,” Rodgers told McAfee. “I didn’t realize the kind of shrapnel that was being flaked off (onto these people) of what felt were bullets coming at me.”
It’s not clear if Woodley and Rodgers officially reconciled, but it was reported that they were trying “to figure things out.”
As part of that process, they spent time together. In March, they hung out together in Los Angeles and attended his teammate David Bakhtiari’s wedding in Montecito in early March. They also flew off to Palm Beach, Florida, enjoyed breakfast together back in Santa Barbara and then turned up in Nashville, where they were spotted sharing a table at an upscale boutique hotel bar.
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley Spotted Together at Airport in Florida https://t.co/TYL190Vcx6
— People (@people) March 8, 2022
A source told E! News that they never really reconciled and that Woodley only accompanied her ex-fiance her to Bakhtiari’s wedding to “support” him.
When the coupe initially split in February, a source told People that their relationship “just wasn’t working.”
📸 | Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers spotted in Santa Barbara and Nashville this past week (via deuxmoi) pic.twitter.com/Xld5aODmcI
— Shailene Woodley Updates (@PlanetShailene) March 13, 2022
“They’re very different people with busy careers and there were obstacles that they couldn’t surmount,” the source said at the time. “They will remain friendly; there’s no bad blood and no drama. It just didn’t work out for them.”
More than a year ago, Woodley and Rodgers stunned the world by announcing that they secretly had begun dating and gotten engaged while holing up together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple were always vague about the timeline of their romance. Reports suggested that they began dating in July 2020, around the time that he broke up with retired NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.