Enquirer: Zac Efron was totally holding hands with a dude

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The National Enquirer’s new thing is to “out” male celebrities in the most explicit eyewitness accounts they can get away with without being sued. They did it with John Travolta, Daniel Craig, and even Jeremy Renner. This week’s outing involves Zac Efron and a “buff young man” at an industry party. Apparently, Zac was openly flirting with the dude, and at one point, they were even holding hands. The kicker: Vanessa Hudgens was there too, and she was all, “Whatev, my gay BFF is getting some!”

Zac Efron stunned onlookers at a recent Hollywood event when he held hands and flirted with someone right under the nose of his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens – and it was a GUY! Zac – who recently ended his five-year romance with Vanessa – got cozy with a buff young man at a Deb. 18 NBA event at the W Hotel in LA, according to eyewitnesses.

“‘I was shocked at how relaxed and open Zac was with this guy,’ continued the fellow partygoer. ‘He walked around talking to him, smiling and holding his hand right in front of everyone, including Vanessa. People were wondering if maybe it was a stunt to make Vanessa jealous. But truthfully, Zac really seemed into the guy.’”

And if Vanessa minded, she certainly didn’t let on. She and Zac exchanged a warm greeting, and then she spent the remainder of the evening with her girlfriends, while Zac kept his attention on his male friend.

“It was bizarre,” added the eyewitness. Zac has long been the target of Internet speculation about his sexuality – and Zac has always laughed off the rumors.

“That night at the party, Zac and Vanessa clearly weren’t together,” added the eyewitness. “But they still seem like friends.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, scan via Boy Culture]

I honestly don’t know what to think about this. I’ve always given Zac and his seemingly “fancy” sexuality the benefit of the doubt. When I read this Details Magazine cover interview with Zac, it didn’t really feel like he was in the closet – it seemed like he was a straight guy who didn’t really care about “trading up” girlfriends or bangin’ as many girls as possible. Like, he came across as kind of old-fashioned and nice, not “hiding a secret that involves spa dong and glittery circuit parties.” Maybe I’m wrong about it, though. I have no idea.

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  1. mln76 says:

    Unless he starts famewhoring his beards all over town they should just leave him alone. NE could actually ruin his career. That being said would anyone be surprised if this was true?

  2. devilgirl says:

    As if being a closet case or openly homosexual in Hollywood is a big deal. Live and let live. If he wants to have a beard, fine. If he wants to shout his sexual preference from the roof tops, fine. It isn’t my life.

  3. KJ says:

    I dunno, I wouldn’t be SHOCKED if he were gay, not at all, and certainly being from Disney Channel’s HSM would probably hinder any steps out of the closet, but I just don’t see it. He and Vanessa were always pretty hands on with each other, and seemed very natural as a couple. He didn’t seem like he forced his affection or was all “gwoss boobies” when he was out with her, so I don’t know. I think this is the enquirer reaching, but stranger things have happened.

  4. Delaney says:

    If he’s straight than everyone is in HW.
    By the way that has nothing to do with NE trying to out people against their will.
    I have problem with gay actors pretending to be in hetero relationships yet being upset when they are confronted with these type of rumours.

  5. Rita says:

    Unless I see him and Swifty at a Starbucks (or outside a restroom), I’m keeping an open mind.

  6. Ethel says:

    I want to know who the actress is with him in the cover story photo?

  7. Maritza says:

    Why are always the cute ones gay?

  8. Sarah says:

    Why does everyone always assume the pretty guys are gay? Eh whatever. Gay/straight/bi it shouldn’t matter.

  9. Marjalane says:

    #6

    That’s Michelle Pfeiffer- can you stand it?! I think she’s playing someone a tad older than herself.

    As for Zac Efron, I had to assume he was gay due to his long term showmance with that dirty looking Vanessa Hudgens. That whole bit with sending naked texts and all was pretty obviously to “prove” Zac was straight. But really, who cares? He’s not obnoxious or anything.

  10. MeMyself says:

    Ethel, I think that is Michelle Pheiffer.

  11. beth says:

    *i think it was contractually agreed a long, long, LONG time ago that vanessa act as his beard, so this is not news to vanessa who loves zac as a friend only, and knows of all his boyfriends from wayyy back. they were so young then. they had everything to gain by playing along, and on zac’s end, much to lose if he came out early. so, out of the goodness of her heart, she agreed. see where they are now.
    :D

    *potentially fiction, but equally potentially true

  12. Anon73 says:

    this guy Zac Efron has always set my gay-dar off.

    idem for Justin Bieber and Chace Crawford.

  13. DreamyK says:

    @Rita

    Comment of the Day!

  14. TeeTee says:

    not shocked by this one, if its true.

  15. daisydoodle says:

    @Rita, I laughed out loud, however, I’m old enough to know who Swifty is!

  16. ordinarygirl86 says:

    Rumors like this could ruin his career, he’s not a seasoned veteran who’s proven himself a la Tom Cruise or John Travolta (where everyone knows but gives them a pass). If he were ‘outed’ I think his very young female fanbase would run for the hills.

    Part of me feels like a hypocrite for saying this (as an avid reader of celebrity gossip) but is it our business who he bones?

  17. Matt says:

    I would tend to agree that it is no ones business, however if you are gay and parading fake girfriends around for publicity then I don’t have much sympathy.

    However I am still leaning towards BS with this one.

  18. CarinC4 says:

    I always found that he was just one of those guys that u wud think “Is he?? Isn’t he?? Does it matter??!”

    But during HSM…..no, he was really pretty looking.
    17 Again & Charlie St. Cloud….a little more manly

    NOW…..suspicious….

    But eitherway, why is it really any of our business? He’s a human being, straight or gay. And who gives the National Enquirer the “right” to “OUT” potentials? Is this what magazines need to do to be sold these days? Potentially mess up someone’s career or homelife?

    Live and let live!!

  19. JustBored says:

    He’s beautiful…

  20. dahlia1947 says:

    Yeah that’s what I think too: Does it matter? No, not really! I still want to do im!

  21. Without pics, I call BS!!!

  22. Nanea says:

    My nephew always called him Lady Efron and VH the female Grinch…

  23. Camille says:

    It wouldn’t shock me at all if he turned out to be gay/bi, in fact I tend to believe this story. *shrugs*

  24. AB says:

    #Marjalane

    hmm… addressing Vanessa or anyone as “dirty looking” is an interesting choice of term, i wonder why (not that i’m her fan, on the contrary!)

  25. Marjalane says:

    Nope, #24. No racism here to get all puffed up about. I just think she always looks DIRTY.

  26. Ally says:

    It’s not right to out people against their will.

    On the other hand, people want to know about stars’ personal lives (that’s what we do here), whichever gender they’re dating, so it’s weird to think that gay celebs would be entitled to less media intrusiveness than hetero ones.

  27. Natalie says:

    i dont care what he is…hes hot!!! thats all that matters

  28. e says:

    Who cares. Maybe he’s Bi or gay! Big deal. Leave him alone!

  29. Bill Hick is God says:

    Never mind whether he’s gay or not, why any woman in her right mind would agree or contractually obligate herself to be a beard I’ll never know. That skeeves me.

  30. Someone Else says:

    I was forced to sit through HSM2 at my best friend’s daughter’s birthday, and that boy was screamingly gay to me.

    I don’t care, but I hate when they (Disney, et al.) try to play them straight. It’s offensive in so many ways.

  31. icantbelievethis says:

    As Michael K on dlisted said “We’re living in a time where babies learn how to take undetected cell phone video of a ho before they learn how to talk, so where is the proof?”

  32. Bill Hick is God says:

    @Someone Else: It’s also a pain in the ass having to run around replacing one’s burnt out Gaydar all the time.

  33. icantbelievethis says:

    Oh and I think it is crazy that if Zac were homosexual it could ruin his career and yet Mr. fists of fire with tigerblood can get 1.3 million followers on Twitter in a couple of days plus have a re-run of his sitcom get 11.5 million viewers. So being a women abuser, possibly anti-semitic and drugged out of his mind is okay, being gay not okay . . . .

  34. AB says:

    glad you clarified that #25! (and no, i wasn’t thinking racism but just off-beat term to describe a person) :)

  35. april says:

    I think it’s BS too unless they have photos. They always try to lay this on good-looking men and almost all of the time it is not true.

    On a different note, he looks like he’s gained a little weight. Good thing he’s growing his hair back out after his last film. He doesn’t look that great with short hair.

  36. Claire says:

    He is beyond gorgeous. Since he changed his hair in HSM. He has already striked me as maybe gay, but I don’t care – he is lovely. He always comes across really well

  37. Dani says:

    I don’t know if he is gay or not and I really don’t care. I don’t understand the obsession of the media to constantly report and make inuendos about him. Must get old for him.

  38. aenflex says:

    Totally gay. But seriously whatever, let him come out when he’s ready.

  39. Deven says:

    This is just another instance of anything Disney-related ruining anyone it touches. Now it’s a male instead of the female stars who have been gossiped about so intensely. Why are these people viewed as so interesting? The public knowledge of them continues to warp their lives. Whatever he is, let him live! It doesn’t matter to the lives of anyone else.

  40. Kim says:

    DUHHHHH! He is gay and his “relationship” with Vanessa was set up by Disney back in the High School Musical days so young girls would think he was straight.

    This is pretty common in Hollywood. There are so many arranged “relationships” and “marriages” as a cover up for one or both partners being gay.

    Its sad in this day and age people chose to remain in the closet and actually deny what they are for money and fame – sad.

  41. Hakura says:

    I have no idea either way, but couldn’t he be bisexual? It just sounds like most people are only considering ‘gay’ & ‘straight’ as possibilities. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with keeping your private life… private.

    The way I feel about beards… Is that the celebrity views their public image like an advertisement to promote themselves, & many take advantage of their personal lives as an extension of that. A successful ad has to appeal to the ‘target’ group, so if appearing to ‘straight’ attracts people to become fans & go to his movies, then he’ll ‘craft’ that image to show the public. It’s just another acting role he’s taking on to further his career, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. (Provided the beard is aware of the situation, of course. I don’t think Swifty was.)

    Most normal commercials you see on TV about celebrity endorsed items are complete & utter crap, & we all know it. Magazine ads, Billboards, they’re all manipulated to ‘perfect’. Beards are just another method to make a celebrity appear ‘perfect’.

    @OrdinaryGirl86“If he were ‘outed’ I think his very young female fanbase would run for the hills.”

    I’m not sure that’s necessarily true. That didn’t seem to hurt the popularity of the various boybands, (BSB & N’Sync just as an example, then Ricky Martin) & the girls HAD to be aware that some of them played for the other team.

  42. jennbunny says:

    Ahahah the comments about this article on ONTD are so much funnier than there. There are like thousands of comments, too. http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/tag/zac%20efron

  43. Lizzyxo says:

    Joe Jonas + Zac Efron = cutest couple ever.

  44. mike says:

    For those of you who think it’s wrong to out him (if he is gay)… c’mon!

    Sure it’s wrong, but you know what? That’s what gossip/tabloids do for biz… print trainwrecks for $$$

    Sure it’s wrong to “out” him, but it’s just as wrong to out people’s marital problems or infidelities. It’s nobody’s prob, but tabs aint’ got no prob putting those out there. So why should be closetedness be any different?

  45. Theresa says:

    It doesn’t matter to me what his sexual orientation is, I find him unappealing with that baby face, squinty eyes, those pursed lips. He is not leading man material, so regardless of whether or not the rumors are confirmed, I believe his career in Hollywood is limited. I have never watched HSM, nor seen him act in a single vehicle. I would and will continue to avoid any production he is featured in. Give me Jeremy Renner in any way shape or form instead!

  46. Bopa says:

    Pictures or it didn’t happen…

  47. Newbie says:

    I’ve always thought of him and vanessa as the most annoying tween couple alive. If this rumor is true, it breaks my heart for both of them and makes me respect them both 100 times over. I also think it’s sad that they have to pretend in order to get the public to like them. Although, they were starring in movies made for kids. And so I can see how producers, etc. would want to keep it under wraps to draw a bigger fanbase.

  48. gobo says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he is but I could understand keeping it under wraps. There are very few male, openly gay, successful actors. And those who are tend to be typecast. It’s a shame but it’s true.

  49. emma says:

    When he starts dating Taylor Swift is the only way we’ll know for sure.
    I don’t think he is but I don’t know much about him. He doesn’t seem gay but what does gay look like? LOL

  50. eternalcanadian says:

    Quite possible Zac is bisexual or just exploring other aspects of sex. Nothing wrong with being attracted to a buff fella and if he wants to check it out then good for him! ;)

  51. jessica says:

    Worthless without pics.. lol

  52. truthzbetta says:

    The musical theater, face make up he sported as a teen, and new hairdo with Playgirl pose face sets off my gaydar. Can a million gay crushes be that far off? I don’t see the straight here.

    Just don’t marry a beard or join Tom’s cult after one of those bike dates, Zac. That’s so 90′s.

  53. ADS says:

    Doesn’t Disney require all their gay stars to beard up? I think his relationship with Vanessa went on long after HSM franchise because they are actually good friends. And whatever the ‘arrangement’ was, it suited them both.

  54. Mingo says:

    Who cares?

  55. kayls says:

    If this is true, I’d like to set him up with Jesse from Glee. What a tasty couple!