Zac Efron has a new girlfriend after breaking up with the last one we all forgot about

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Zac Efron is on the mend after recovering from an “illness” he contracted filming his Killing Zac Efron series. I put illness in quotes because we don’t know what it was, but whatever it was, I hope it wasn’t contagious as Zac has a new lady in his life, actress Halston Sage. Well, kind of new, they were co-stars in Neighbors and dated briefly in 2014, so new again. Now, the name Halston Sage might surprise you because 1) it’s a super cool, James Bond worthy name and 2) because Zac was supposed to be dating Olympian Sarah Bro. Remember that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it relationship? They wouldn’t confirm it but kept showing up at sporting events together and posting cute gifts they got from each other? Well, now Zac’s saving is UFC seat for Halston, with whom, reportedly, he spent the holidays and they are IN LOVE, darn it!

It’s over. Zac Efron and his swimmer girlfriend, Sarah Bro, have called it quits after less than a year of dating, Us Weekly exclusively confirms in the new issue.

“The relationship just wasn’t working out,” a source tells Us. “She came back to L.A., and it never got going again.”

The former Disney Channel star, 32, has already moved on and is dating actress Halston Sage, another source tells Us exclusively.

Efron and Sage, 26, “are in a serious relationship and in love,” the insider says. “They spent the holidays together, with part of that time in Santa Barbara.” The California native and Orville actress were costars in 2014’s Neighbors and were briefly linked romantically in April 2014. By July of that year, Efron was single once again.

[From Us]

I am fairly certain this shocking news will get barely a shoulder shrug from those reading. I mean, technically it’s news, but not really news anyone cares about. Zac needs promote his come at me nature show, and a new relationship will help, but not that much. I’m sure Halston and her amazing name are very nice but I doubt folks are logging on to check out Halston Sage’s new boyfriend. My theory is this announcement is more about Vanessa Hudgens’ breakup. It was probably a New York Minute before the Zanessa-ers spun their fan-fiction webs bringing the two East High Alumni back together. For her part, Vanessa moved on swiftly with Laker Kyle Kuzma. Maybe Zac wanted to both squash Zanessa redux rumors while also not look as though he’s pining for Vanessa in the midst of her break-up/new romance.

Or, maybe Zac’s in love like the article says. Maybe things are just that serious and it was time to come forward and share their joy. I mean, I like this option, you know I have a soft spot for Zac, so knowing he’s happy makes me happy. Or maybe he realizes the mistake in pursuing things like “how do I get nature to attack me” as a show and decided settling down with a nice partner was a smarter course of action.

This is Zac and Halston in 2014:
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  1. OriginalRose says:

    I really think he is an under rated and under used talent,also he’s so funny in comedy roles. It’s strange though how everyone is a bit ‘meh’ about him.

    • Lisa says:

      I completely agree about him being underrated. He has a good knack for comedy and is enjoyable onscreen. He should be bigger than he is right now. Anyway his new girlfriend is very pretty.

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      I agree he’s talented but I think people have become more ‘meh’ about him because these days he comes across as inauthentic but also thirsty. Doesn’t help that his PR team rush to paint him as squeaky clean when, if rumors are to be believed, he’s far from it. I do worry about him though. At various points it’s looked like he’s headed for a big crash and burn…

      Then again – he’s white, male and pretty. He’ll probably be fine.

    • Dani says:

      I just had this convo with a friend yesterday after watching his Ted Bundy film. He’s such an underrated actor, and, I think, it’s because he’s just too ‘pretty’.

  2. Polyanna says:

    I think he’s hilarious, and has a very warm presence in screen. I never watched him as a teen heartthrob type guy, I’ve just seen him in funny movies and always enjoy him.

    Halston is nice looking… but I just feel like she’s about as typical “LA girl” as you can possibly get. I guess we’ve been overly inundated with thin, blonde, big white teeth and tan skin type of ladies. That’s just my personal opinion on her looks… not much to say there and not much to glean because she looks like a cookie cutter “hot girl”, I was kind of hoping he would end up with someone quirky and different because I believe at heart he’s a bit eccentric himself.

  3. Pix says:

    I’m a fan, but he really isn’t aging well. He went from looking young and fresh to used and tired. I hope he gets his pretty back soon. It’s long overdue.

  4. Sen says:

    Come out

  5. runcmc says:

    I actually love her! She was in The Orville and was rumored to have dated Seth McFarlane, and the rumor is she left the show because they broke up. I was so bummed about that- her role was great and she’s super cute! And I still have positive feelings about Zac because of watching High School Musical when I was younger. All that to say- super cute pairing!

    • Normades says:

      Isn’t Seth like 20 years older?

      • just a small town girl says:

        yeah, it was a lot skeevy between the age/power difference and the fact that she left the show when they broke up. like euck.

      • Mary says:

        Yeah, I feel like the Seth relationship was kind of yikes. She also dated Charlie Puth like right on the heels of that relationship I think. But I might be getting my timing mixed up.

      • runcmc says:

        Yeah agreed with both of the above- the relationship AND the breakup AND her leaving the show were all met with a huge dollop of judgement towards Seth. He basically preyed on a much-younger woman that worked for him and then when he was done with her she “totally chose to quit” her big break.

        So that’s why I’m happy to see something nice happening for her. I hope Zac is kind to her.

  6. Lucy says:

    I know her from back in the day, when she was in Nickelodeon. I’ve always sort of taken issue with the fact that so many people make fun of her name, like…? She didn’t choose it!

    • Mary says:

      Actually she did choose it! Her real surname is Schrage, haha. (Unless you’re referring to her first name, in which case, fair.)

      • Lucy says:

        Yeah, it’s about the first name! I did know about her real surname but Wikipedia says her parents’s last name is actually Sage…? I’m not sure where Schrage came from, lol. Then again, this is Wikipedia we’re talking about.

    • Hecate says:

      My anxiety needle is dipping into the red zone today so this may be an unnecessary clarification, but I am not being sarcastic in the post, I truly love her name. Halston makes me think of the designer and Sage is right up there with Soap as one of my favorite words to say. I’ve designed her entire wardrobe based solely on her name.

      • Lucy says:

        Oh, no! I didn’t mean you were one of the people making fun of it!! In fact I really liked the way you described it :D It’s just a comment I see very often in celebrity gossip blogs.

  7. Normades says:

    I’ve always side-eyed all his relationships like when he “dated” Michelle Rodriguez.

    I hope he’s in a better place now, for a while it was rough.

  8. Kayla says:

    ZE is a pretty underrated actor indeed. However he has this hard look on his face and demeanor that’s seen in a lot of people who abuse cocaine for a long period of time..

  9. usedtobe says:

    I think he’s great and have enjoyed him in pretty much everything I’ve ever seen him in. I watched the campy New Years Eve movie over the holidays and he was perfect! I loved his chemistry with Michelle Pfeiffer in that movie. Not in a romantic or creepy way. They were just too cute.

  10. MC2 says:

    I’m all for this comeback & will cheer him on! He has shared that he had issues with drugs & alcohol, went to rehab, got sober & is maintaining his sobriety. I’m super excited to see him continuing on the path of being the best version of himself & hope his career takes off again.

  11. mash says:

    I went down the rabbit hole and read so much ish on zac i feel so bad for him….3 words: disney child actor ::shutters in exploitation::

    i hope he can break their blackmail and live in his truth

  12. JByrdKU says:

    If my gossip is correct, Halston Sage left (or was pushed) from The Orville after she had an abortion (Seth Macfarlane). Apparently he wanted to keep it, and she wanted to focus on her career. Good for her moving on and up.

  13. Aerohead21 says:

    Just my own personal thought…maybe he’s trying to become relevant again.