Dating for nine years is a long time in Hollywood, and while Hudgens and Butler always seemed like a perfect fit, over the past few months fans have noticed that the couple were spending less and less time together. They did not spend New Year’s Eve together, Hudgens flew solo to Switzerland to ring in 2020, or her birthday, which was on December 14.
The last time Butler made an appearance on Hudgen’s Instagram was back on Halloween, for which Hudgens is famous for rocking the most incredible costumes. Butler, who’s way less active on social media, last featured Hudgens in a picture in July, when she accompanied him to the premiere of his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He captioned the photo, “My [queen].”
A little after the film’s premiere, on July 15, it was announced that Butler won the role of Elvis in director Baz Luhrman’s biopic opposite Tom Hanks, and Hudgens was the first to congratulate her man. A month later on Butler’s birthday, Hudgens shared a sweet tribute to him on Instagram. She wrote, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ???? to my love, my other half, my constant inspiration and supporter. My best friend. My everything✨ @austinbutler ✨28 is going to be ??.”
What Went Wrong Between Hudgens & Butler?
The reason for their split was not given, and neither has publicly commented on the news, yet. However, it could simply be that the couple has grown apart after nearly a decade together. Hudgens and Butler both still follower each other on social media, so it doesn’t appear that there was an abrupt issue or that it was a nasty split.
In 2017, Hudgens spoke to People how tough long-distance relationships can be, especially since she and Butler both travel so much for work. The High School Musical Star said of how they make long-distance work, “Just communication, communication is key. I think that if anything’s bothering you, don’t hold it in. Always bring it up and just talk about it. Uncensor yourself and just be open.”
Hudgens was undoubtedly the biggest supporter of Butler as his acting career started to take off during their relationship. In September, she shared his cover photo for UK’s Man About Town magazine with the caption, “I can’t handle it,” with a series of hearts and heart-eyed emojis.
Butler & Hudgens First Met In 2005
According to the Daily Mail, Butler and Hudgens first met while she was famously dating her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron. They dated for nearly five years before breaking up in 2010.
It wasn’t until a year after she parted ways with Efron that Hudgens was spotted out with Butler in 2011. Flash forward to December 2018, in an interview with Women’s Health magazine, Hudgens said that she was in no rush to get married, but did see a wedding at some point in her future.
“I want to get married, travel, then have kids—probably in my late 30s,” she said. “Everyone’s clock is different.”