Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers had been engaged for ‘months and months’ earlier than going public

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)
Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)

The world realized that Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers had been engaged in February, as he thanked his “fiancée” whereas accepting the MVP award on the NFL Honors, however the couple had made the choice to stroll down the aisle lengthy earlier than that.

“When we introduced that we had been engaged, we needed to do this solely as a result of we did not need another person to do it earlier than we did,” Woodley advised the Hollywood Reporter for an interview revealed Friday. “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.’”

Woodley and Rodgers have since revealed that they started courting in 2020, in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant that they obtained to know one another extra shortly than they’d have beneath regular circumstances. She has mentioned that they moved in collectively instantly, as a result of a long-distance relationship, she in Los Angeles and he within the Wisconsin metropolis the place his group, the Green Bay Packers, play — and all of the travel that comes with it — simply wasn’t attainable. 

Looking again, the Big Little Lies star finds the timing serendipitous in one other means.

“You could travel, but you had masks on,” Woodley mentioned. “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.”

They had been in a position to spend months simply hanging out like another couple … not less than in some methods. There was loads of “cuddle time,” and so they taken care of Woodley, the canine they share. But there have been additionally hours dedicated to getting Rodgers able to guest-host Jeopardy! forward of his exhibits that aired in April.

Woodley’s again to work now, with a number of tasks within the works. (Her Netflix romance, The Last Letter From Your Lover, comes out July 30.)

But the 29-year-old remembered having to show issues down prior to now, as a result of she was combating a well being situation.

“It was pretty debilitating,” Woodley defined. “I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn’t participate in them. And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn’t take care of myself. The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years.”

She has beforehand described herself in her early 20s as “very, very sick” and “struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation.”

Now, she mentioned she is lastly on her option to feeling higher.

“I’m on the tail end of it, which is very exciting, but it’s an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like,” Woodley mentioned. “It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone. Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it’s really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you’re experiencing when it’s a silent, quiet and invisible pain.”

The expertise has taught her one thing necessary.

“It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly,” she mentioned. “The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn’t focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us.”

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