The Truth About Vanessa Hudgens' New Romance

It looks like Vanessa Hudgens is ready for the next chapter in her life... a brand new romance! The Princess Switch star was spotted out and about in Los Angeles with a new man on Nov. 21, 2020, sparking rumors that she's officially moved on from ex-boyfriend Austin Butler. The longtime couple was together for nearly nine years before calling it quits in January 2020. Though Hudgens and Butcher never publicly addressed their split, sources told Us Weekly: "Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup." 

At the time, an insider told People that "Vanessa and Austin's relationship had been slowly fading — it was one of those things where you don't even realize it's happening." They added, "The breakup isn't easy, but she's not one to sit around and mope. She's living it up and having fun. She seems really happy and excited about life, honestly." Later that month, Hudgens was photographed with NBA player Kyle Kuzma. However, any potential romance apparently fizzled out quickly, as the actress seemingly confirmed she was single in February 2020 when she shared a post about loving herself on Valentine's Day.

Now Hudgens is finally ready to find love again — with a professional baseball player. Keep scrolling to find out about her rumored new romance and what qualities she's looking for in her next relationship.

Vanessa Hudgens went on a romantic date night

Vanessa Hudgens first teased fans about a potential new love in her life on Nov. 21, 2020, sharing an Instagram post about going on a "date night" with a mystery man. It turns out, the lucky guy is MLB star Cole Tucker, who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as per People. As seen in photos published by the Daily Mail, the Disney Channel alum looked absolutely smitten by Tucker during a night out together in Los Angeles. The pair, who was all smiles, was photographed holding hands and hugging while waiting for their car at a valet outside a restaurant.

Hudgen's new romance comes less than one week after she told Entertainment Tonight exactly what she's looking for in her next partner. "Your girl's open," she explained. "I feel like at the end of the day, it's just about having similar fundamentals and wanting the same things." She added, "Like, I am not picky, really. Like, I know what I want and I'm like, if someone comes into the picture and can give me all those things, then great." Hudgens also said she doesn't care if her next boyfriend is in the public eye. In fact, she prefers if he isn't. As for her future, the actress also told Women's Health in 2018, "I want to get married, travel, then have kids — probably in my late 30s." 

So is Tucker the man Hudgens has been looking for? We'll just have to wait and see...