Vanessa Hudgens, who rose to fame after her performance on Disney’s High School Musical, has had many television and film appearances in the years since. While the star has struggled to find a foothold that would bring her as much success as her debut performance, she has stayed true to her stage acting roots and done performances like Rent: Live and Grease Live! As a leading lady, she is often playing roles where her character’s love life is the center of the story, but what about her own love life?
Vanessa Hudgens had a long relationship with a High School Musical co-star
In a case of life imitating art, Hudgens entered into a long relationship with her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron.
Efron played her love interest in the film as well. The fictitious versions were an oddly-matched pair. Efron played star athlete Troy Bolton who fell for nerdy and bookish Gabriella Montez (Hudgens’ character) after he hears her karaoke performance.
While the two are a little more evenly matched in real life, they do share a love for music with their on-screen counterparts. Efron and Hudgens both showcased their vocal talents in the film. Like Hudgens, Efron went on to do more musical acting work when he took a role in Hairspray!
The two began dating shortly after they met on set in 2006, but the couple split in 2010. Both have shared fond memories of their time together and call one of the scenes of the film a magical memory.
Vanessa Hudgens moved on quickly
After her relationship with Efron ended, Hudgens apparently began dating fairly quickly. Interestingly enough, her new beau was also a High School Musical alum.
Hudgens met Austin Butler on the same set where she met Efron, and the two remained friends in the years following the film. It wasn’t until 2011, after her break-up with Efron, that Hudgens became romantically linked to Butler.
They were seen kissing over milkshakes and rumors about their relationship swirled, but there was no official confirmation for quite some time. While they were both frequently spotted together out on dates, it wasn’t until 2012 that they had a red carpet appearance together. Butler showed up alongside Hudgens at the premiere for her film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler have been together for a long time
Eventually, the two made their relationship publicly known. Since then, adorable Instagram posts and snuggly public appearances have shown them to be a dedicated and loving couple.
At this point, it has been almost 15 years since the couple first met, and it warms fans’ hearts to see them remaining so close and affectionate after all this time. In the few rare instances where Hudgens has publicly discussed her love life, she has talked about the importance of making sure one’s partner is happy and putting the other person first.
While what that looks like in practice is a little different for everyone, it appears that Hudgens’ work of putting her partner first includes supporting him in his own artistic endeavors as much as he supports her in her work. When Butler landed the role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film, Hudgens was quick to post her support to the world.
At this point, Hudgens and Butler have been together for ages by Hollywood standards, and it seems like the young couple have found a way to build each other up and support one another’s artistic endeavors. It also seems like they know how to have fun and keep their lives interesting and entertaining. Look for more adorable Instagram moments to come.