Verlander’s travails have cleaved a couple times in recent years.
The former MVP and Upton were first pegged as a couple in early 2013.
In 2012, we witnessed the indignity of the Buttfumble, one of eight lost fumbles that went with 18 interceptions and a high-profile benching … In 2013, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in an exhibition game and departed in the offseason to become the Philadelphia Eagles backup, a forgotten man.
If “cozy” means what it’s supposed to mean, the Clippers power forward joined Upton’s list in the spring of 2013.
“Blake and Gwen have begun dating,” says the insider.
“They’ve been supporting each other through a difficult time and they’re really happy together.” Shelton – whose rep also confirms the romance to PEOPLE – and Stefani kicked romance rumors into overdrive over Halloween weekend when they were spotted together at various parties.
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“Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact.
He’s going to help her with modeling opportunities there,” they added.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are in the beginnings of a relationship, a source confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
If Verlander has been jinxed — or distracted, more likely — into the worst stretch of his career by girlfriend Kate Upton, it would not be the first time an athlete had encountered a major slump around the time he was romantically linked with the swimsuit pin-up. In addition to Verlander, the supermodel’s “victims” may include former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and NBA All-Star Blake Griffin.