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If you’ve been keeping up with any news surrounding Danica Patrick’s personal life, chances are you’ve heard some rumors that she’s moved on with a new man following her split late last year from longtime boyfriend and fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Over the holidays, the soon-to-be retired NASCAR star was reportedly linked romantically to none other than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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In fact, Sports Gossip blog TerezOwens first reported that the two stars were allegedly spotted together in her birth state of Wisconsin shortly after Christmas, and grabbed a bite to eat at the former NFL MVP’s supposed favorite restaurant. At the time, neither athlete confirmed whether or not they were actually in a relationship, but an unnamed onlooker allegedly noticed they were “all over each other — kissing,” according to the blog.

Now, it sounds like the athletes from different sports worlds have finally come clean about the gossip surrounding their supposed budding romance.

On Jan. 15, Danica, a self-proclaimed Chicago Bears fan who recently published her fitness book, “Pretty Intense,” confirmed that she is, indeed, dating Aaron.

“Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” she told The Associated Press.

She went on to say that the two stars first met back in 2012 during sports awards show The ESPYS. And, even though she’s a fan of the Bears, she told Aaron “a long time ago” that she’d “always root for him as a player.”

“Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she added. “Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”

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Danica’s confirmation comes just two days after the couple shared a dinner together with friends. New photos published by “TMZ” show that they enjoyed a meal on Jan. 13, at The Mission eatery in Scottsdale, Arizona. They apparently didn’t flaunt any signs of PDA at the restaurant, but they did sit next to each other at a table that included other diners. You can see those pictures here.

Danica and former beau, racecar driver Ricky parted ways late in 2017 after five years of dating. Meanwhile, Aaron split from actress Olivia Munn in April 2017, following a three-year run.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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