Pour yourself a glass, fans of longtime love: Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler, one of young Hollywood’s most enduring couples, have split up after almost nine years of dating, according to Us Weekly. A source told the outlet that “Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup.” Hudgens has not confirmed the news on her social media yet nor has Butler. The two first started dating in fall 2011.
Hudgens spoke about how much her relationship with Butler works so well in her 2018 interview with Women’s Health. She said, “He inspires me more than anyone. We both respect, trust, and admire each other. It’s so solid now because I feel strong as an independent woman. I am very self-reliant, but it’s nice to have a best friend you can share victories with as well as losses.”
She most recently spoke about Butler in her January 2020 interview with Cosmo UK. She touched on the difficulty they faced being long distance sometimes. “It’s eight years this year – FaceTime, good communication, respect and trust [are what keep us going],” she said. “The longest we’ve been apart was four months. It sucks! You start hating hearing yourself say ‘I miss you.’ But if it’s your person, you make it work.”