Danny Amendola might be from Texas, but he’s embraced playing in New England. The wide receiver not only played for the Patriots in his second Super Bowl, but he’s also dating Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo. The 24-year-old Culpo won the Miss Universe pageant in 2012, after winning Miss USA 2012 and was the first American winner of Miss Universe since 1997. Their relationship is heating up, as the two just spent a vacation together in the Bahamas.
Culpo has been linked to the 31-year-old Amendola since February 2016. She has a thing for football players, since she previously dated Tim Tebow. Before Tebow, she was dating pop star Nick Jonas.
Here’s a look at Culpo’s relationship with Amendola and other facts about her.
1. Culpo Started Speculation About Their Relationship With a Snapchat Photo
Culpo’s relationship with Amendola went public in February 2016 when Barstool Sports spotted a shirtless man wearing a Patriots helmet in a photo posted on Culpo’s Snapchat account. Culpo also posted a photo of herself wearing a Patriots helmet. A reader later noted on Twitter that Amendola was the only Patriots player Culpo followed on Twitter.
Amendola calls Providence, Rhode Island home during the season. During a radio interview, he had to defend his decision to use a temporary metal carport because neighbors complained that it looked out of place in his historic neighborhood. He said he needed it to keep snow off his car in case it snows when he has to practice.
2. She Confirmed That They’re Still a Couple With a Picture of Them Kissing Before the Super Bowl
If there was any speculation over the status of their relationship, Culpo put it to bed on February 3. She posted the above photo of the two kissing, with the following caption:
Houston today to see this 🌟🌟🌟 in my life. Can’t wait to cheer him on this weekend ❤ I love @dannyamendola (he is instagram-less but I guess I can still tag 🤔)
Culpo also posted pictures of the two celebrating New Year’s Eve together on Snapchat.
Culpo was in Houston to cheer on Amendola, and it was her first time in Houston.
She also posted a picture of herself with Amendola after the Patriots’ incredible Super Bowl victory.
Culpo won’t be with Amendola at the Patriots’ victory parade in Boston. She posted the below picture, with the caption “LA BOUND.”
However, she did post a picture of Amendola on a private jet on her Twitter page.
In March, while New England was getting slammed by a snowstorm, Culpo and Amendola went to the Bahamas with a group of friends. She shared a series of photos from the trip on Instagram.
3. She Dated Tim Tebow For 2 Months in 2015
Before dating Amendola, Culpo dated another football player – Tim Tebow. Just a few months after breaking up with Nick Jonas, E! News confirmed in early October 2015 that the two were dating.
“Tim and Olivia are dating but trying to keep out of the public eye as much as they can,” a source told E! News at the time. “Olivia had a hard time after the break up with Nick Jonas but took time for herself and focused on work and is in a great place now.”
However, on November 26, 2015, The New York Daily News reported that Culpo and Tebow broke up because Tebow won’t have sex before marriage. But a source later told E! News that this had nothing to do with that.
E! News’ source claimed that they were never really serious and are still friends.
4. She Plays the Cello & Appeared in Nick Jonas’ ‘Jealous’ Video Playing
At the 2013 Miss USA competition, Culpo met singer Nick Jonas and the two dated until June 2015. While they were together, Jonas had a big hit with “Jealous” and she appeared in the video, playing a cello in a bikini.
ABC News notes that Culpo, whose parents are also musicians, started plating the cello in second grade. She’s played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and orchestras in Rhode Island. She also attended the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She even performed at Carnegie Hall.
When she won Miss Universe 2012, Culpo’s father told the Associated Press that she was the “nerdiest” of her siblings. She is the middle of five children.
In an interview with Elle, Culpo agreed with her dad that she was a band camp geek. But she said that helped her become a beauty queen.
“I think there’s a lot from my posture related to the cello,” she told Elle. “It definitely made my arms and back stronger. To this day, I can tell that one arm is more muscular than the other because it’s the arm I use to hold up my instrument. And wheeling that thing around was great for muscle tone!”
Jonas told OUT Magazine in May 2016 that his new album, Last Year Was Complicated, was about his breakup with Culpo.
“With this one I made a real point to tell stories as honestly as I could,” Jonas told OUT. “It became very clear what it was going to be about, after the breakup. I just dove in headfirst and wrote about all of it. I think it was the most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in, and it was the longest.”
5. She Famously Won the Miss USA Rhode Island Crown Wearing a $20 Rental Dress
Culpo, who was a sophomore at Boston University when she became Miss USA, won the Miss Rhode Island crown while wearing a $20 dress she rented from Rent The Runway.
“My parents didn’t think it was a good idea,” she told Us Weekly in 2012. “And I ended up getting my dress the night before. It was a $20 Rent-the-Runway gown that was too short [and had] a hole in the back of it.”
As she told the Las Vegas Sun, she never did any pageants before Miss Rhode Island. She said that her story showed that winning the pageant isn’t jut about looking the best.
“Then, I end up winning Miss Rhode Island, and then Miss USA, and now Miss Universe, and I love that story and love being able to tell it because it is not about being the most glamorous, or wearing the most expensive dress; it is just about being yourself and working hard and being optimistic,” she told the Sun.
In an interview with Ocean Drive, Culpo said she was “really chubby” as a little girl.
“After my crazy growth spurt, I looked like a completely different person,” Culpo told Ocean Drive. “As the years went on, I went to Boston University and studied communications and acting. A lot of the people that I looked up to were actually, surprisingly enough, women who had gotten their start in pageants, like Halle Berry and Giuliana Rancic or Maria Menounos.”