Zac Efron, Vanessa Valladares

Zac Efron Could Have Dated Vanessa Valladares Years Before We Initially Thought


May. 3 2021, Updated 3:57 p.m. ET

At some point or another, you've probably dreamed about waking up next to Zac Efron. Seriously, we've all been there. And while he's an absolutely fantastic boyfriend in all of our wildest dreams, you'll be happy to know that he's single.

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Those of us who have been madly in love with the Disney alum since 2006 had a few burning questions when he got a new girlfriend in 2021: Who is Zac Efron dating and when did they make things official? Why didn't he consult with us beforehand? This is everything we know regarding Zefron's most recent relationships.

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Zac Efron most recently dated a model named Vanessa Valladares.

You definitely thought we said "Vanessa Hudgens," but alas, that wasn't the case. Zac and Vanessa V. apparently met in Australia in June 2020, according to People, while Vanessa was working at the Byron Bay General Store & Cafe. When she isn't working at the store, she is a model and has worked for a number of Australian brands including Love St. and Of the Sun.

She's apparently an avid traveler, and like Zefron, she loves adventure. She's been photographed surfing, hiking, and skiing. Needless to say, they were a match made in heaven — or not.

"Zac broke things off with Vanessa recently. It just didn't feel right to him anymore," a source told People in April 2021.

The source added, "Zac will still stay in Australia. He just loves Australia so much. He is working and busy with several upcoming projects. He is happy, healthy, and enjoying life."

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But the discovery of an old Instagram comment has reignited some dating rumors between the two. Toward the end of 2017, Vanessa posted a bikini pic, and the following year, someone posted a comment that says, "Take care god bless you and zac.xx." It's not clear if the Zac mentioned here is Efron, but if so, that could mean they dated years before we knew about it and for much longer. 

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Zac Efron was previously dating fellow actress Halston Sage.

Prior to his current fling with Vanessa as of January 2020, Zac was dating Halston, a 26-year-old actress from Los Angeles, Calif., according to IMDB. You may recognize her from Grown Ups 2, Poker Night, The Bling Ring, Neighbors, Paper Towns, Goosebumps, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Late Night. 

She's also appeared in a slew of TV shows, including Crisis, Magnum P.I., and — wait for it — Victorious. That's right, guys — two of my childhood worlds (Disney and Nickelodeon) collided, and it was incredible. We don't know when or why they broke things off, but hey, it happens.

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Back in 2019, he was reportedly dating Olympic swimmer Sarah Bro for about a year.

Before meeting Halston, Zac was in a year-long relationship with Olympic swimmer Sarah Bro. The two had reportedly been dating for a little less than a year, but apparently, there was trouble in paradise — a source reportedly told Us Weekly that things started to fizzle out after she returned to Los Angeles. Oh well.  

It seems like neither of them was too broken up about it at the time, though, which is definitely good news.

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Zac's ex, Olympic swimmer, Sarah Bro.

Want more of Zac's extensive dating history? Here you go:

As a man on the move, Zac has quite a long list of ladies he's dated... but no shame there — we totally get it. Before he began dating Sarah, according to People, Zac was apparently exclusive with Alexandra Daddario, his co-star from Baywatch. They have denied those rumors, but were reportedly spotted on a shopping spree together in August 2018.

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Additionally, he reportedly dated model Sami Miro for almost two years until April 2016, as well as Michelle Rodriguez in 2014. He was reportedly dating Lily Collins in 2012 and 2013, and also potentially while filming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile together last year. 

And, of course, Zac and Vanessa Hudgens dated (remember Zanessa?) on the set of HSM. We hoped her recent breakup would mean they'd spark things up again, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Damn.

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Lily Collins and Zac Efron participate in the Q&A for Netflix's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" Tribeca Film Festival Premiere at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on May 02, 2019 in New York City.

Despite his extensive relationship history, it appears Zac Efron is very much single as of April 2021. And that Instagram comment may make the timeline of some of his other relationships a little fishy. But for now, he can now resume being everyone's collective imaginary boyfriend.

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