Still, for Patrick and Rodgers, the path to love wasn’t a smooth one. For a start, Patrick was married to somebody else when she first encountered the football player at the 2012 ESPY Awards. Back then, she was the wife of physical therapist Paul Hospenthal, whom she had married in 2005.
However, Patrick and Hospenthal’s union wasn’t to be an enduring one. And in November 2012 – four months after Patrick had met Rodgers and one day after her wedding anniversary – the NASCAR star announced on Facebook that she was seeking a divorce. “I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” she wrote.
“This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. [Hospenthal] has been an important person and friend in my life, and that’s how we will remain moving forward,” Patrick finished. Then in April 2013 the divorce was finalized, meaning Patrick was single again – although the next person she dated wasn’t Rodgers.