Vanessa Hudgens & Cole Tucker Confirmed Their Relationship With Valentine's Posts

Here's hoping they don't strike out.

by Mary Kate McGrath
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No, Gabriella, it's T - as in Tucker. On Feb. 14, Vanessa Hudgens confirmed her romance with Cole Tucker on Instagram, sharing a photo of her kissing the MLB player. The Princess Switch: Switched Again star captioned the post, "It’s you, it’s me, it’s us." Tucker also made the relationship Instagram official on Valentine's Day, sharing a photo of the two getting cozy on a couch. He wrote, "Happy V day," and Hudgens commented, "Melted."

In November, nearly 10 months after splitting with boyfriend Austin Butler, Hudgens was first reported to be dating Tucker. According to Daily Mail, Hudgens was spotted with the baseball player outside a restaurant in Los Angeles late that month, only a few days after teasing a date night on Instagram. In photos obtained by the outlet, the pair appeared to cozy up to one other outside the Canyon Country Store, further fueling dating speculation.

While the two have only just confirmed their long-rumored romance, a source told on E! News on Feb. 5 that the Princess Switch: Switched Again star and the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder were dating. "They are boyfriend and girlfriend," the source said. "They rang in the New Year together."

This report came just a couple of months after Hudgens teased that she was back in the dating game. "Date night," she wrote on Instagram in November, alongside a photo of her holding a rose to her face. And although the post didn't reveal the mystery man's identity, the photos that came out from their dinner date of them laughing, holding hands, and hugging at a valet stand suggested Tucker was the guy.

"They had a romantic dinner outside under the stars," an onlooker told E! News when the photos surfaced online. "They shared wine and food and had a great two-hour meal. Vanessa was giddy with laughter. She was looking over at Cole and couldn't contain her smile."

In January, Us Weekly confirmed that Hudgens had split with Butler after nine years together. The two sparked breakup speculation weeks prior when the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor appeared to have missed Hudgens' birthday celebration in early December. It also seemed that the two decided to spend the holidays apart.

The Bad Boys for Life star briefly dated Los Angeles Lakers player Kyle Kuzma in January, but an anonymous source told Us Weekly that the fling was casual and an opportunity for "Vanessa to talk to flirt with and get attention from a new guy." Before Butler, Hudgens was in a relationship with High School Musical co-star Zac Efron from 2005 to 2010. The two met on the set of the popular Disney movie but didn't start dating until two years later. After their split, an anonymous source told People that the two were "100 percent still good friends."

Hudgens met Butler on the set of HSM as well, but they didn't reconnect until five years later, according to Daily Mail. Now, with Tucker, Hudgen is in one of her first long-term relationships that did not begin on the set of the Disney musical.

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