Shailene Woodley slams 'shitty media' for trying to 'disparage' fiancé Aaron Rodgers over COVID-19 rumors

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Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers announced their engagement in February 2021. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Jeffrey Phelps/AP Images
  • Actress Shailene Woodley defended her fiancé, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, from ongoing criticism following his COVID-19 diagnosis.

  • The Daily Mail late Monday initially claimed to have photos showing Rodgers violating NFL rules, but the photos were later taken down online.

  • But Woodley said the photos didn't show Rodgers because his feet are "a LOT bigger" and his hands are hairier.

Actress Shailene Woodley on Tuesday defended her fiancé, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, claiming that photos initially published by the Daily Mail that reportedly show him stepping out for a cup of coffee amid his COVID-19 diagnosis are not of Rodgers but of another person.

She also slammed the media in a series of Instagram Story posts, accusing reporters of "grasping at straws to disparage Aaron."

In the article published late Monday, the Daily Mail claimed photos showed Rodgers getting a cup of coffee at Caffe Luxxe in Los Angeles on Monday, even though he was supposed to be self-isolating, according to NFL policy.

On Tuesday, the photos were removed and the Daily Mail piece was rewritten to remove the claims about Aaron Rodgers breaking protocol. The Daily Mail did not immediately return Insider's request for comment on Tuesday.

Woodley fiercely defended Rodgers in posts to her Instagram story on Tuesday.

"Literally ya'll need to calm the fuck down. This is straight up HILARIOUS," she wrote in one post that included screenshots of the Daily Mail article. "News outlets STILL grasping at straws to disparage Aaron. Finding random fucking men on the streets of LA and saying its him."

"I know Aaron's body VERY well," Woodley added. "First off his feet, ahem and no offense to this rando dude, are a LOT bigger. Also, for those of us who know Aaron beyond the worlds of obsessed sport and shitty media, it's no secret he has the hairiest hands on the fucking planet. This oblivious homie. Clearly, does not (go ahead, zoom in)," she continued.

A representative for Woodley did not return Insider's request for comment Tuesday.

In another post. Woodley said the car in one of the Daily Mail photos was not Rodger's car, writing "aaron would never drive this."

The Green Bay Packers quarterback tested positive for COVID-19 last week and confirmed he wasn't vaccinated against the virus even though he told reporters at an August press conference that he had been "immunized."

Rodgers has been harshly criticized by figures across the sports world since his diagnosis was revealed.

Since testing positive for the disease, Rodgers said he took ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine - which are not proven treatments for COVID-19 - and said he'd gone to podcasting star Joe Rogan for medical advice.

He also complained about some of the NFL's rules regarding the disease.

"I think some of the rules to me are not based in science at all," Rodgers told "The Pat McAfee Show" last Friday. "They're based purely in trying to out and shame people. Like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask makes no sense to me."

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