I only have the vaguest fan connection to professional football (I like the Puppy Bowl!). So all of my knowledge of Aaron Rodgers comes solely from two things: the drama surrounding his relationship with Olivia Munn, and the drama surrounding his relationship with his family. Aaron recently opened up to ESPN The Magazine (via UsWeekly), and it sounds like he’s still got conflicting feelings about both.
Aaron starts out by talking about fame (he’s famous, you know), and how dating as a famous person is different than dating as a non-famous regular. In 2014, he started dating Olivia Munn. According to Aaron, that wasn’t easy.
He admits there are “some things” that cause him discomfort. “Decreased privacy. And increased strain or pressure or stress associated with relationships. Friendships and dating relationships.”
Aaron was most recently seen on a date with soccer player Marie Margolius. But if he’s learned anything from dating Olivia Munn, it’s probably that he might not be to quick to put it all out there.
“When you are living out a relationship in the public eye, it’s definitely…it’s difficult. It has some extra constraints, because you have other opinions about your relationship, how it affects your work and, you know, just some inappropriate connections.”
It seems clear that he’s referring to the fans and pundits who asked whether his famous girlfriend might be hurting his performance, so I say as much. He nods, adding, “They’re such misogynists, right?”
Aaron had kind of a shitty two years, professionally, as a Quarterback in 2015 and 2016. Around that same time, he was regularly getting papped with Olivia and hitting up red carpet events. Are the two linked? Probably not, but what do I know? I’ve never had to juggle ball-throwing and tight smiles for the cameras. Maybe Tom Brady could start a support group for that sort of thing? He seems to be pretty good at both.
Talking about Olivia Munn will always lead into talking about Aaron’s family, who, coincidentally, love a little talking themselves. When Aaron was dating Olivia, rumors started going around that Olivia was a vicious cobra who slithered into Aaron’s life, wrapped herself around his little mongoose body, and dragged him away from his sweet little mongeese family. Technically the accusation was that Aaron went full-Hollywood, but I like the Rikki-Tikki-Tavi imagery.
Eventually, Aaron’s fame-loving brother Jordan Rodgers talked about his relationship with Aaron during an episode of The Bachelorette. Not long after, his daddy Ed Rodgers spilled the beans to The New York Times., saying they hadn’t seen Aaron in two years. Aaron didn’t want to comment on his family’s comments then, and he doesn’t want to do it now, either.
“Yeah, I do [still feel that way]. Because a lot of people have family issues. I’m not the only one that does.” He tells me he doesn’t see any upside in discussing those issues in public. “It needs to be handled the right way.”
Even after saying adios to Olivia Munn, it was reported that Aaron still wasn’t talking to his family. When and if he does, he might want to arrange it over email. You know, in case Jordan responds back with something like, “Yeah, I’d love to talk about our Family Issues™, brother. Hey, can I get your signature on something? Just ignore the part at the top that says RELEASE FORM.” Aaron, don’t accidentally fall into a reality show trap!