How Danica Patrick’s Divorce Affects Her Relationship With Aaron Rodgers

Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers seem like the perfect couple. They’ve been together for almost two years now. Even though that’s not necessarily a long time, people are already starting to wonder if and when they’ll tie the knot.

Patrick is now retired and has said she may be interested in starting a family. She has time to wait if that’s what she wants. Patrick had her eggs frozen at 33. She was still racing at the time and hadn’t planned her retirement yet. She didn’t want to risk waiting too long and being unable to have kids. At the same time, she didn’t want to give up on her career either.

That means Patrick probably doesn’t have to factor in her biological clock when it comes to her relationship with Rodgers. That’s a good thing, because thanks to Patrick’s history, she may be reluctant to rush into marriage. 

Danica Patrick was married before 

Danica Patrick stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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In fact, when Patrick met her current boyfriend she was married to someone else. The two — Patrick and Rodgers — met in 2012 at the ESPY awards. They may have been attracted to one another, but nothing happened.

Patrick was married at the time, although a few months later she would announce her divorce. Her husband at the time, who was 17 years older than her, was also her physical therapist. The two married in 2005. Even though they would eventually break up, they had 7 years of an apparently happy marriage. 

Their split was very amicable, according to the announcement Patrick made on Facebook. The separation was mutual, and her ex isn’t out of her life for good. She said: “He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”

Danica Patrick taking it slow with Aaron Rodgers

Patrick isn’t eager to rush into another marriage. Even though she wants a family, she’s not about to start one with the wrong person.

So far, Rodgers seems great, but she’s taking it day by day. Even though she wants to get married, she seems nervous to say it’s a certainty. 

“You can’t be attached to something going a certain way. If you really want something to happen, there’s that equal energy of being afraid that it’s not going to happen. You just have to let it go and be like ‘Well, am I having fun today? Yup. Then life’s good.'”

 It could be that Patrick’s history has made her afraid of commitment.

Danica Patrick had other serious relationships 

Patrick’s marriage isn’t the only long term relationship she’s ever had. After her divorce, she dated fellow racer Richard Stenhouse Jr. He was her mentor at one point, and their rapport on the track translated well into a romantic relationship. Patrick seemed to feel comfortable with Stenhouse, saying: “Obviously, we’ve been racing together for a couple years now, him and I have always gotten along, we’ve always had a lot of respect for each other on the track.”

The two officially started dating in 2013, soon after her divorce. They didn’t calm their competition just because they were romantically involved. Patrick swore nothing would change on the track, and Stenhouse felt the same, saying: “It won’t affect how I race on the track. I want to go out and win, I race everyone hard.”

Maybe the competition was too much for this young couple. They split up in 2017, after nearly five years together. While in some ways their separation was a good thing, because it led to Patrick and Rodgers getting together, we can’t help but wonder if the relationship took a toll on Patrick. It’s possible she’s more cautious about serious relationships, thanks to her divorce and subsequent breakup from Stenhouse.