The California native has been in a few public, years-long romances, his most recent with Shailene. After news broke about their relationship in February 2021, Aaron slyly dropped the fact that he popped the question to the Divergent actress.
“2020 was definitely a crazy year filled with lots of change, growth, some amazing, memorable moments, 180 straight days of having my nose hair scraped, playing for very little fans or no stands the entire season,” the athlete said during a speech to accept the 2020 AP Most Valuable Player award. “I got engaged and I played some of the best football in my career. So I’d like to thank, first and foremost, my teammates for their support, their inspiration, protection, incredible play on the field. … Off the field, I’ve got a great group of people that support me, so I’d like to thank my team.”
He also referred to Shailene as his “fiancée” while thanking his inner circle.
Their whirlwind romance came as a surprise to many people, including the Big Little Lies actress.
“I never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living,” Shailene joked on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in February 2021. “I didn’t really grow up with sports, especially American sports. It was never really on my radar. When we met, also, I knew he was a football guy, but I didn’t know, like, what kind of a football guy he was. And I’m still constantly learning.”
The Fault in Our Stars actress pointed to the coronavirus pandemic as part of the reason their courtship moved so quickly and admitted they started living together soon after they began dating.
“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone — because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends — taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” the California native told Shape in June, which was about seven months into her relationship with Aaron.
Unfortunately, their love didn’t last. In Touch broke the news in February 2022 that the pair called it quits because Aaron “put football first.”
“While Shailene is supportive of Aaron’s career, he put football first and they were barely spending any time together,” one insider told In Touch. “She felt he neglected their relationship. Neither of them was happy.”
Despite their breakup, a separate insider assured that they had split “amicably” even though they “couldn’t make it work.”
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