Danica Patrick admits she was ‘broken open’ from her split with Aaron Rodgers

Danica Patrick admits she was ‘broken open’ from her split with Aaron Rodgers after dating for two years

Their relationship ended in 2020 after two years of dating.

And Danica Patrick admitted she was ‘broken open’ following her split with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in July. 

The 39-year-old professional race car driver revealed her ‘heartbreak’ after they broke up while chatting with Bear Grylls and starring on an episode of his show on National Geographic, Running Wild.

Talk about it: Danica Patrick admitted she was ‘broken open’ following her split with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in July

‘I think we learn the most about ourselves through relationships, but there’s nothing like heartbreak to really throw you in the deep end of that,’ she said between stunts.

Danica and Aaron met in 2012 at the ESPY Awards, but remained friends until 2018 when they sparked a romance. 

‘But I’ve learned a lot and as broken open as I was on the sad end, I have felt so much joy in so many more instances and so many more unlikely places than I ever have, so it’s like my heart got broken open to both ends of the spectrum.’

Adventure: The 39-year-old professional race car driver revealed her 'heartbreak' after they broke up while chatting with Bear Grylls and starring on an episode of his show on National Geographic, Running Wild

Adventure: The 39-year-old professional race car driver revealed her ‘heartbreak’ after they broke up while chatting with Bear Grylls and starring on an episode of his show on National Geographic, Running Wild

In the past: Danica and Aaron met in 2012 at the ESPY Awards, but remained friends until 2018 when they sparked a romance; seen in 2018

In the past: Danica and Aaron met in 2012 at the ESPY Awards, but remained friends until 2018 when they sparked a romance; seen in 2018

Since the end of their romance last summer, she’s leaned on friends and family for support and guidance.

‘[My dad is] always super proud of me,’ she shared. ‘My mom, too. My sister. I’m really fortunate that I have a family that’s super supportive. You gotta have someone you can fall apart with, you know?’ 

Before their split, Danica was helping Aaron navigate his ‘strained relationships’ with family, including his Bachelorette star brother Jordan Rodgers. 

‘She was working on bringing everyone back together, and at one point, they were on speaking terms again,’ a source told Us Weekly. ‘Now, who knows what’s going on.’

Sad: Before their split, Danica was helping Aaron navigate his 'strained relationships' with family, including his Bachelorette star brother Jordan Rodgers; seen in 2018

Sad: Before their split, Danica was helping Aaron navigate his ‘strained relationships’ with family, including his Bachelorette star brother Jordan Rodgers; seen in 2018

Scary! Patrick navigated through outdoor obstacles and 'did everything that scares me the most' on a new episode of Running Wild

Scary! Patrick navigated through outdoor obstacles and ‘did everything that scares me the most’ on a new episode of Running Wild

Aaron has since moved on and recently confirmed his surprise engagement to actress Shailene Woodley, 29. 

Danica told Tamron Hall last month that she’s not willing to settle when it comes to her next relationship.

‘When you know what you don’t want, you know what you do want,’ she said. ‘So maybe it’s not necessarily that they have their work cut out for them, but that they’re going to be an extremely high-quality person with a lot of boxes to check.’ 

She previously dated fellow driver Rickey Stenhouse Jr. while he was in a relationship with Olivia Munn for three years.

Love is in the air: Aaron has since moved on and recently confirmed his surprise engagement to actress Shailene Woodley, 29

Love is in the air: Aaron has since moved on and recently confirmed his surprise engagement to actress Shailene Woodley, 29

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