Shailene Woodley and Ben Volavola are just too cute for words!
Their adorable romance started back in 2017, when the actress shared a sweet photo of her hand entangled in someone else's. A few days after that, however, fans got some confirmation on who that hand belonged to when she was spotted hanging out with the rugby player.
Since then, both she and Ben have been posting super romantic selfies to confirm their relationship. They even made their red carpet debut at the premiere of Shailene's film, Adrift, in 2018!
For nearly two years (or at least, since they went public), this pair has been giving us serious relationship-goals vibes. So now, we're curious to know more about the gorgeous athlete who won Shailene's heart.
Who is Ben Volavola?
He's an Australian-born Fijian rugby player and he currently plays for French Top 14 team Racing 92 (a French rugby union club that's based in Paris). The 28-year-old athlete, who is of Indian and Fijian descent, developed an interest in playing rugby since his high school days. He played the sport when he attended both Endeavour Sports High School and Newington College, which he only attended for a year.
After leaving college, he got his Certificate III and IV in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2012. He also completed his Business Diploma with the Australian Vocational Training Academy in that same year.
Ben's Rise To Fame
He did so well in school-level rugby competitions that he eventually started to play the sport on a professional level. He earned himself a spot in the New South Wales Waratahs Playing Squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season. And just two years later, he actually got to play four games for Fiji at the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.
How he met Shailene:
Rumor has it that the lovebirds first met while Shailene was working on her movie, Adrift, which was partly shot in Fiji and New Zealand. The connection was clearly instant, as the two were then spotted cuddling and kissing for the first time near the Auckland cafe in New Zealand.
One source shared: "They seem really comfortable with one another. Ben always had his arm around Shailene... They were pretty lovey-dovey with one another."
He's boyfriend of the year!
Things have only heated up since then, as both Ben and Shailene have been sharing quite a few heartfelt photos of each other on social media. But it's easy to see why Shailene has fallen so hard for the athlete.
Back in 2015, Shailene said: “When you’re truly in love, for me, it’s…you’re my lighthouse! You’re somebody who holds me high, keeps me safe, you’ve got my f--kin’ back. You also love me whole, wild, and free. You let me do me, and I’m gonna let you do you! And I’ll be the home that you return to.”
And now, Ben is totally proving to be all those things.
Although Shailene has shared some concerns in the past about how tough it is to find true love, it's exciting to see that she now has someone as awesome and supportive as Ben!
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