For some Millennials, Vanessa Hudgens was and will always be Gabriella Montez, and her true love is either Zac Efron or Troy Bolton (depending on your level of delusion). So for those people, this news will no doubt have them dreaming up a fantasy in which Vanessa returns to East High for her 10-year reunion and hooks up with Zac/Troy in the back of a 2009 Chevy Malibu after too many vodka-spiked imported English iced teas. But for the rest of us, we’re sitting here with the knowledge that Vanessa has called it quits with her boyfriend of nearly a decade, the soon-to-be-Elvis Austin Butler.
A source told Us Weekly that Vanessa and Austin, who have been together since 2011, have broken up and she’s been telling those close to her about it.
Vanessa appeared to have spent the holidays without Austin. And in honor of New Year’s, she declared that she was so thankful for the past decade, but that the 20s would be the decade she’d never forget, followed by a heart emoji. Someone tell Brooks Laich he’s not the only one who can drop hints about a break-up on Instagram.
I look forward to next Christmas when Vanessa stars in a Netflix movie about a workaholic who just got out of a decade-long relationship and accidentally falls in love with Santa’s son. Single and Ready to Jingle, coming this December.
If social media appearances are proof of whether a relationship is over or not, then Vanessa and Austin’s has been in trouble for a while. Us Weekly says the last time 31-year-old Vanessa made an appearance on 28-year-old Austin’s Instagram page was back in July, at the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (which Austin appears in). Austin’s appearances on Vanessa’s were just a bit more frequent. At the end of October, Vanessa posted a picture wishing everyone a Happy Halloween from her “family” (aka Vanessa, Austin, and their dog Darla). And then that was it. Sadly, the most important detail of this story is missing. It’s not known who will get doggy custody of Darla. But something tells me she’ll follow the person with the most Snausages in their pockets. I’m not saying dogs can be bought with treats, but let’s face it – dogs can totally be bought with treats.