Are you sitting down? Pour a glass of water & crack a window because this news might send you into cardiac arrest if you’re not careful. Zac Efron has followed Vanessa Hudgens on Instagram. No, you’re right, let’s go to the emergency room just to lớn be safe.

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The High School Musical costars were together on- và off-screen during the mid-to-late aughts và were one of the biggest teen couples of their era. Think Zendaya & Tom Holland, but with singing! They broke up in 2010, và Hudgens (who was suspiciously missing from Coachella this year) recently announced her engagement khổng lồ professional baseball player Cole Tucker.

So, when did Efron follow her, exactly? Well, fans seemingly discovered the social truyền thông media update on April 17, but it might have happened sometime before then. On Twitter there was a full-on meltdown over the news, which sparked many a nostalgic feeling.

As of this pub date (April 18 at 1:20 p.m. ET), Hudgens has neither responded to lớn the news nor followed Zac Efron back. Her most recent Instagram activity is a post to lớn Stories about the moon or something.

Could this be a last-ditch effort to win her back before she ties the knot, or does Zac just want khổng lồ be pals with his ex? Whatever it is, Efron should know that the world is watching. As of 2023, following someone on Instagram (or not) is, like, the number one way celebrities show who they’re on the ins and outs with—just ask Hailey Bieber & Selena Gomez. 

For additional context, the Hairspray actor only follows 278 accounts, most of them celebrities, including Kanye West, Russell Crowe, Bombas socks, and the feature film Scoob! So Hudgens is in…a very particular kind of company. Truly, I’m not sure how to react to lớn this potentially world-shattering development. But will we keep a close eye on the situation? Bet on it.






After their chemistry landed them starring roles in the High School Musical franchise, Efron and Hudgens immediately became inseparable. The couple fell in love on the first film"s phối — and when the Disney Channel flick premiered in 2006, they instantly became teen icons. Their relationship blossomed as millions of fans watched their every move và plastered posters up on their bedroom walls.

Efron and Hudgens stuck by each other"s sides through all three High School Musical films & went on to support each other as their careers expanded beyond the halls of East High. Although they called it quits in 2010, the former couple remained friendly, và have each looked back on their time together with fond memories.

"We grew up together. It was nice to have someone to tóm tắt all of those experiences with," Hudgens said following their split.

From their High School Musical auditions lớn their long-distance romance, here's everything lớn know about Zac Efron và Vanessa Hudgens' relationship.


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While the couple generally kept the details of their relationship extremely private, Hudgens couldn't help but gush about Efron at the L.A. Premiere of High School Musical 2.

August 9, 2007: Zac Efron calls Vanessa Hudgens a "very sexy woman"

Not long after Hudgens' loving comment about her boyfriend, Efron offered his own thoughts about their relationship. While speaking with Rolling Stone, the actor shared what he found most surprising about Hudgens.

"The weird thing that no one expected about Vanessa is that underneath such a sweet girl … is a very sexy woman," Efron told the outlet.

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While Hudgens & Efron had walked plenty of red carpets together in the past, the Palm Springs Film Festival marked one of the first times the couple showed PDA at a public event. Efron sweetly whispered something in Hudgens's ear while they smiled and posed for the cameras.

June 25, 2008: Vanessa Hudgens shares her secret lớn a successful relationship

In June, Hudgens dished her secret to lớn a great relationship with Cosmo Girl!

"If you really love someone, you shouldn't have to work at it. You finish each others' sentences và have the same sense of humor," she shared.

According lớn the magazine, it was clear Hudgens' secret was working, because when Efron showed up to set, the couple couldn't have looked more in love. "When sees Zac, she runs over & they kiss, oblivious to the dozen of us in the room. She rubs his stomach, he puts his arm around her — these gestures say more than any statement she could make," the magazine interviewer observed.

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During an appearance on The Ellen Show, host Ellen De
Generes got Hudgens khổng lồ confess that she thought Efron was a "good kisser." She quickly followed up by coyly saying she only knew about his kissing skills because they locked lips in the High School Musical movies — but she did later admit that Efron was really "hot."

October 2008: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens attend a wedding in Hawaii

Later that month, Efron and Hudgens jetted khổng lồ Hawaii to lớn attend the wedding of Efron"s manager, Jason Barrett. During their trip, the couple were spotted taking a thắm thiết walk on the beach while a shirtless Efron bared his fit physique.

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In January và February 2009, Efron và Hudgens stepped out for a few joint appearances, hitting the red carpet at both the Golden Globes & the Oscars. The couple also later attended the Vanity Fair afterparty post-ceremony.

July 14, 2009: Vanessa Hudgens shuts down rumors she's engaged to lớn Zac Efron

Following rumors that Efron had popped the question khổng lồ Hudgens, the actress explained that marriage wasn't in the cards for them at the moment. Instead, she was solely focused on her career.

"I think is great but I"m so focused on my career right now that it doesn"t really cross my mind," Hudgens told

December 14, 2009: Vanessa Hudgens celebrates her 21st birthday with Zac Efron

On Hudgens' 21st birthday, she was surprised by Efron and her friends with a birthday bash at a Hollywood club. The party's 100 guests noshed on dishes lượt thích crab cakes và scallops on the half shell while mingling và dancing. During the evening, Efron even gave a heartfelt speech, wishing Hudgens a very happy birthday and encouraging guests lớn have a fun night.

"Zac and Vanessa were adorable together. They were smiling at each other and laughing và are really sweet khổng lồ each other. Great couple," a guest told

July 27, 2010: Vanessa Hudgens opens up about how her relationship with Zac Efron has changed over the years

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Reflecting on the couple"s relationship, Hudgens" commented on how much they had changed over the past few years. She joked that Efron no longer had a gap in his teeth lượt thích when they first met, và said their relationship had definitely matured.

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"Right off the bat, we had a connection. I think everybody could see it. When we had our audition, they paired us together. And he was adorable. I mean, he wasn't the guy that he is today. Like, he had a gap in his teeth … just grown-up. He doesn't have his gap anymore. I look at him, & I see a man. I think that we inspire each other. having someone to grow with," Hudgens shared.

August 2010: Zac Efron reveals he's questioned if he should be single

In a candid interview with Details, Efron opened up about being in a long-term relationship while in the spotlight. When asked if he had ever considered living the single life, Efron admitted that many of his friends had encouraged him to lớn play the field.

"Yeah, everyone tells me that. I think a lot of guys would enjoy that. But I'm not really like that … I rack my brain thinking, 'Why am I not out there playing the field?' One of my buddies was like, 'You have no idea what's going on right now.' … But it's not in my heart," he shared.

Efron was also asked about the validity of his relationship with Hudgens or if it was purely for PR, to lớn which he said the concept of a fake relationship was "f–king insane." He also noted that if the couple had been faking things, they would have called "it off a long time ago."

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In August, Efron và Hudgens stepped out for their final public sự kiện before calling it quits. The couple were spotted attending a performance of Memphis on Broadway, where they posed for a photo with the cast backstage.

December 13, 2010: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens officially break up

Several months after their final public appearance, it was confirmed that Efron and Hudgens had called it quits after over four years of dating. At the time, the reason for their breakup wasn"t revealed, although a source told "they are 100 percent still good friends."

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Shortly after the split, Hudgens chatted with Details about the separation, admitting that the future was still open-ended for the couple. While the article wasn't shared until March, the conversation took place just weeks after Hudgens and Efron's split.

"We're still friends. Who knows what the future will bring. We're figuring things out," Hudgens said.

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Several months after the couple went their separate ways, Hudgens opened up about their relationship, explaining its positive impact on her life. She shared that the relationship had "kept grounded" and encouraged her to lớn be her true self. Unfortunately, Hudgens said long distance proved khổng lồ be too difficult for the couple, who were both shooting separate projects when they split.

"Long-distance relationships are hard no matter what. When you don't have face-to-face time, it's just different. Having an i
Phone helped, but it just wasn't the same," she said.

April 30, 2014: Zac Efron says he's no longer in touch with Vanessa Hudgens

Over three years after their split, Efron revealed that he was no longer in close cảm ứng with Hudgens, although he had nothing but nice things to lớn say about his former flame.

March 31, 2015: Vanessa Hudgens opens up about feeling jealousy in her relationship with Zac Efron

Looking back on her relationship with Efron, Hudgens admitted that being in the spotlight could sometimes be difficult. She admitted that she sometimes struggled with jealousy when Efron attracted a lot of attention from female fans.

"I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up. Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares. Then I realized that"s not what that"s about," Hudgens told the New York Times.

March 2017: Vanessa Hudgens says she's lost tương tác with Zac Efron

In 2017, Hudgens confirmed that she và Efron were still not in contact. When jokingly asked if the former couple still karaoke together lượt thích their characters in High School Musical, she said that it definitely doesn't happen anymore.

"Oh, yeah, no … That"s not a thing that happens. I completely lost tương tác with him," Hudgens shared.

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Despite the fact that Hudgens was no longer in cảm ứng with Efron, she admitted she was grateful for the relationship, especially because it occurred during such a crazy time in her life.

"I could not have been more grateful to lớn have that relationship at the time … It was this massive phenomenon và eyes were on me. And it's just a really weird foreign thing to lớn go through, & by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized và grounded, và I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well," Hudgens told The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast.

January 3, 2020: Vanessa Hudgens says she hasn't "seen him or spoken to" Zac Efron in years

In early 2020, Hudgens admitted she hadn't "seen or spoken to lớn in years." While they were no longer in contact, Hudgens said she still had the T necklace his character Troy gave Gabriella in the first movie.

"I feel lượt thích I need lớn sell it for charity because it"s literally sitting in a little bag rusting!" Hudgens told Cosmopolitan.

April 2020: Zac Efron và Vanessa Hudgens reunite for a singalong special

The former couple virtually reunited for The Disney Family Singalong special amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While Efron did not perform with his High School Musical costars, he introduced a group that included Hudgens, Tisdale, Bleu, Monique Coleman và Lucas Grabeel. The Disney alums then performed the musical"s hit song, "We"re All in This Together," from their respective homes.

Hudgens sent High School Musical fans into a frenzy in 2021 when she shared a meme featuring Efron. In the photos from the film, Troy could be seen putting his initial necklace around Gabriella's neck. In the caption, Gabriella asked Troy if the necklace stood for "T as in Troy?" His response was changed from the movie's script to instead say, "No Gabriella, T as in Trump's Twitter is suspended," referencing the social truyền thông platform's ban of the former president.

Summer 2022: Vanessa Hudgens & Zac Efron return to lớn the place where their romance began

Over 15 years after the former couple first met, Hudgens returned khổng lồ the place where she và Efron fell in love. In a cute video clip filmed in front of the real-life Salt Lake thành phố school where the movies were filmed, Hudgens posed for the camera while "Breaking Free" played in the background.

The following month, Efron followed suit and also shared a photo of himself standing in front of the school. "Don"t you… Forget about me," he captioned the post, which sent fans into a frenzy theorizing about a potential High School Musical reunion.

September 12, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens talks about her "life-changing" relationships

Hudgens opened up about her past relationships in an interview with NYLON and seemingly reflected on her romance with Efron, though she didn"t mention him by name.

"The public only sees so much. I've also been through two very long life-changing relationships, & no one really knows what happened except for me," the actress shared. "When I write my memoir, it'll be amazing."

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