Danica Patrick has had a very different outlook on relationships over the past few years.
The 39-year-old former NASCAR driver recently opened up about how “knowing yourself” makes for healthier communication, which she is now experiencing with new boyfriend Carter Comstock.
“It’s more indicative of the work that this person has done before you ever met them,” Patrick told Us Weekly. “You know, the idea that you’re going to change someone is a pipe dream. Like, it’s just … someone has to want to change for themselves.”
The Wisconsin native admitted that “relationships are not easy,” but stated it is less pressure when you find “someone [who] has done the work and continues to do it,” and who isn’t afraid to get vulnerable.
“[It’s about] finding someone that has that kind of quality … and that also fits you in so many ways,” the “Pretty Intense” podcast host told Us. “That’s the other part is, you know, you’ve got to like doing everything together.”
Patrick said that she “got really lucky” with Comstock after she split from Aaron Rodgers.
“We both love to travel and we’re both super open-minded,” she explained in April. “I had this sort of grand vision for finding someone I could just sit on the couch with and, like, have a glass of wine and just literally come up with any topic at all, simple or complicated. … I just always imagined how great it would be to find someone to sit on the couch and talk with for hours, and that’s just what we do.”
Rodgers has since started a relationship with actress Shailene Woodley and both are currently engaged to be married.
An insider told Us that Patrick and Comstock were “very happy” together after taking “their relationship slow for four months” until deciding to be exclusive.