Zac Efron, 32, met Vanessa Valladares, 25, in Byron Bay in July. She worked as a waitress in a cafe that the actor frequents.
At first glance, the headlines with their names together sparked a renewed interest for High School Musical fans. Netizens thought that Efron has reunited with his first serious love and former co-star, Vanessa Hudgens.
Some were disappointed to realize that Efron’s new girlfriend is a different Vanessa. While others were left wrapping their minds around how much Valladares has a striking physical resemblance to Hudgens.
Sources revealed to People that Efron and his new girl started dating in July. She spends a lot of time at his rented home near Belongil Beach.
Efron reportedly plans to relocate to Byron Bay from Los Angeles permanently. Sources said that he extended his tourist visa in Australia from three to 12 months. The actor was eyeing a house to buy in the area, but another buyer beat him to it.
Valladares, on the other hand, has since quit her job at the restaurant where she met Efron. She’s pursuing a career in modeling and has appeared in ads for Australian labels like Love St and Spell.
Efron and Hudgens shot to fame for their roles as Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez in High School Musical. While starring in this movie and the sequel, the two stars, who were still in their teens, dated for five years.
Many thought that his young love affair would be forever, but fans were devastated when the Efron and Hudgens called it quits in 2011. In 2014, Efron said that he doesn’t have any communication with his ex-girlfriend.
In 2015, while promoting a movie, Efron hinted that his relationship with Hudgens didn’t work out because of a third party on her side. Hudgens reacted and said that she couldn’t handle how many girls were pinning for Efron.
“I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up,” Hudgens told New York Times. “Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares.”
In 2019, Hudgens said that she was grateful for her experiences with Zac Efron because it “stabilized” and “grounded” her. The actress is currently single as she recently ended her nine-year relationship with actor Austin Butler.
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