Shailene Woodley says the only reason she and Aaron Rodgers announced their engagement was so a tabloid would not beat them to it

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers announced their engagement in February 2021. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP; Jeffrey Phelps / AP Images

  • Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers announced their engagement in February.

  • On Friday, actress told THR that they were released so a tabloid did not beat them to it.

  • She said they refused to talk about the relationship afterwards and instead remain in their “bubble”.

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When Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers announced their engagement in February, it was old news for A-list actress and Green Bay Packers quarterback.

The couple had already been secretly engaged for several months, and if it was up to them, they would have kept it that way.

“When we announced we were engaged, we only wanted to do it because we did not want anyone else to do it until we did,” the “Divergent” actress explained in The Hollywood Reporter cover story on Friday.

She continued: “And we did not do it for several months and months after we got engaged, but the reaction to it was really great and then we were like, ‘Let’s just reject [to talk about the relationship] for a while and live in our little bubble. ‘”

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Rodgers and Woodley are engaged. AP Photo / Jason Behnken / REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

The couple flew under the radar in the early days of the pandemic after meeting through mutual friends. Woodley has not identified the friends, but mentioned in his THR interview that they are musicians.

Because she is a Los Angeles resident and he lives in Green Bay, the couple spent their time traveling between the two cities and moved in together only months after the meeting, she said.

“We were really able to get to know each other the way we wanted to get to know each other and have no noise or chaos around us,” the “Big Little Lies” star said of the time they spent together during the pandemic.

By early February, the tabloids were trapped in their romance. E! News confirmed that Rodgers and Woodley were in a long-distance relationship, citing a source who said they kept things “private and low key”. Stores like People and Us Weekly were quick to follow.

Days later, Rodgers regained control of the story by casually dropping his engagement at the NFL Honors Awards, where he accepted the Associated Press’ Most Valuable Player Award for the third time.

“2020 was definitely a crazy year, filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing memorable moments, 180 straight days of scratching my nose hair, playing for very few fans,” he said in his acceptance speech, adding: “I got engaged and I played some of the best football of my career. “

Rodgers did not name Woodley at the time, but made a point of thanking his “fiancĂ©e.”

Weeks later in an episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Woodley confirmed that she, as suspected by many as a result of the tabloid reports, was the mysterious “fiancĂ©” the NFL star referred to in her speech.

“We are engaged, but for us it is not new news,” she told the host, explaining that they had been engaged “for a while.”

Woodley, who admittedly has never seen a football game before, then said, “I never thought I would be engaged to anyone who threw balls to live.”

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