Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to regret his past relationship with NASCAR star Danica Patrick.
On Wednesday’s episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” the Packers quarterback reflected on their two-year relationship and recalled taking a trip to Peru together to make ayahuasca — a tea, herbal psychedelic containing the hallucinogenic drug DMT — that he says helped him . to perform better on the football field because of its mental benefits. It is unknown whether Patrick has also experimented with the invention.
“I dated Danica [at the time Rodgers met Marcus] and that relationship was great for me because she’s on her own path and spirituality is important to her,” said Rodgers, who also recalled “the best day of his life” making mushrooms on a beach with friends.
“We both found our way, learned different things, practiced meditation techniques.”
Rodgers and Patrick called it quits in July 2020 after dating for two years.
“So Danica and I planned a trip to Peru with some friends to do it,” Rodgers recalled, referring to the start of her ayahuasca journey.
The two-time NFL MVP said the couple “had an incredible experience climbing Mount Machu Picchu” before going straight into “an ayahuasca ceremony.”
Rodgers, discussing the details of his emotional experience of ayahuasca, explained that the psychedelic “gave [him] a deep and meaningful understanding of life.
“My intention that first night was that I would feel what pure love is. That was my intention and I did it. I really did,” said Rodgers. “I had a magical experience of feeling 100 different hands on my body, giving me a blessing of love and forgiveness for myself and gratitude for this life from what seemed to be my ancestors I came back and the pandemic hit.
The couple have been self-isolating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rodgers went on to explain that ayahuasca helped him discover self-love after an intense part of the journey where he sat with negative thoughts and self-criticism.
“To me, one of the pillars of your mental health is self-esteem. That’s what ayahuasca has done for me is help me see how I can love myself unconditionally,” he said.
After their split, Patrick said she “learned a lot” from her relationship with Rodgers.
“I think we learn the most about ourselves through relationships, but there’s nothing like heartbreak to really throw you to the bottom,” Patrick said in a 2021 episode of “Running Wild. With Bear Grylls.”
“I’ve learned a lot and as broken as I was at the sad ending, I’ve felt so much joy in so many other instances and in so many more unlikely places than ever, it’s like my heart was broken at both ends of the spectrum.
Rodgers then dated actress Shailene Woodley, whom he met during the coronavirus pandemic. They announced their engagement in February 2021, with the two calling it quits in April.
Patrick, meanwhile, confirmed his split from Carter Comstock in March, after nearly a year of dating.
Rodgers — who returns for his 18th season in Green Bay this coming season — signed a three-year, $150.8 million extension in March. He also told reporters in June that he “definitely” wanted to finish his career with the Packers.