Danica Patrick Has a Message for Her Potential Future Boyfriend
In the wake of her breakup with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Danica Patrick is sending out an important disclaimer to all potential future partners: “The next guy has his work cut out for him.”
The retired NASCAR driver revealed on a recent episode of Quibi’s The Rachel Hollis Show that she’s taken some time to reflect on herself and her relationships, particularly since her split with the NFL star. The pair dated for more than two years, but called it quits sometime in the midst of coronavirus lockdowns. She officially confirmed the split to E! News this summer while confidently shutting down ageist and sexist trolls in her Instagram comments.
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“The next guy has his work cut out for him because my intuition, my standards, my boundaries, my wants and needs are, like, off the charts, because I’ve gotten to know me so much more. So it’s going to be so much more narrow and specific,” shared Patrick in her candid conversation with Hollis.
She previously posted a few vague reflections to her Instagram account from the likes of relationship coaches and therapists, a strong indication that she has been looking inward for quite some time now. One of those posts quoting Vienna Pharaon, a licensed marriage and family therapist, stated in part: “Look at the chosen relationship in your life and notice any themes. What role do you play? Who are you with them? Who do you believe you need to be?”
Those questions likely spurred some further introspection that Patrick discussed as she and Hollis covered the struggles of not just being in a relationship, but of both partners heading in the same direction together.
“I think that’s the challenge with a relationship,” mused Patrick. “You either grow together, one grows and one doesn’t, or you grow apart. I have never experienced growth without pain.”
Rodgers, too, has revealed that he’s been reflecting on his own life and choices over the past few months in response to a fan’s question during an episode of The Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports radio.
“I have just a new and increased love of life. And I’ve made decisions and changes and habits that put me in a lot better head space,” he said. “There’s just a lot of things that have come together in my life over the last few months that have really been enjoyable and reminded me, given me perspective — on life and in football — to view things through the most positive lens I possibly can.”
It seems as though the unfortunate, but mature ending to Patrick and Rodgers’ relationship can serve as a prime example of how an untimely split doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, sometimes, the growth it encourages might even be the best thing.
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