Vanessa Hudgens is engaged to professional baseball player Cole Tucker

Congratulations are in order for Vanessa Hudgens, who is engaged to her boyfriend of ˜two years, professional baseball player Cole Tucker. Cole is 26 to Vanessa’s 34 and he’s newly with the Colorado Rockies after playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks. The pair met during 2020 covid lockdown in a Zoom meditation group and Vanessa made the first move by sliding into Cole’s DMs. I mean, c’mon, look at those luxurious curls. They’ve gushed about each other a bit on Instagram and in interviews since, and got engaged late last year.

Vanessa Hudgens is officially a bride-to-be!

The High School Musical alum is engaged to boyfriend Cole Tucker, PEOPLE can confirm.

TMZ was the first to report the news, saying the pair got engaged at the end of 2022. PEOPLE has reached out to Hudgens and Tucker’s reps for comment.

Hudgens, 34, and Tucker, 26, first sparked dating rumors in November 2020 when they were seen holding hands in Los Angeles. The pair met on a Zoom meditation group call, and Hudgens later revealed she made the first move.

“I get on the Zoom, and I’m like, ‘Who is that?'” she shared on The Drew Barrymore Show in May 2021. “I found him, and we started talking.”

She continued, “If I want something or someone, I’m going after them. I fully just slid into his DMs and was like, ‘Hey, it was nice to meet you.’ So I think there is no shame in making the first move.”

Hudgens made her red carpet debut with Tucker, a professional baseball player for the Reno Aces, in November 2021 at the premiere of her film Tick…Tick…Boom!

Most of the public insight into her relationship with Tucker comes from Instagram. Hudgens shared photos from the premiere, and a tropical vacation she took with Tucker shortly before.

However, in a rare interview, Tucker bragged about his “cool” girlfriend, telling reporters: “She’s awesome. I love her.”

Most recently, Hudgens posted a loving pic of the pair. “I’ll stop the world and melt with you ❤️🥰,” she added.

[From People]

So TMZ heard from a source close to the happy couple that they got engaged in late 2022 and speculated it was during their trip to Paris. But neither of the two has confirmed it directly or through their own reps. So low-key, such restraint! Look at Vanessa getting casually engaged while her ex gets roasted for his accent affectation and failure to acknowledge her part in his big role. Anyway, Cole is a cutie. There’s not much info about him online aside from his baseball career.  The mid-twenties plus pro-athlete thing gives me a bit of pause, but they seem really into each other and they must be into the same stuff if they met at a meditation group. What a meet cute for the covid era that turned into an engagement. I’m sure Vanessa will do it up for her pre-wedding stuff, maybe with some sponsorships. Then I’m expecting a cute wedding with some hippie vibes. Anyway, congrats to them!

Photos credit: Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Avalon, Monica Schipper for Netflix and via Instagram

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  1. Lolo86lf says:

    He’s got a beautiful smile and she looks so happy. She is 34 years old and she still has plenty of time to have children before she turns 40. I wish them the best.

    • Thisandthat says:

      Assuming she wants any children and wants them before 40!!
      Because terrible things happen when woman don’t want all that and after 40 life basically ends, especially if you don’t have children.
      Needed to be said – sorry for the cynicism :).

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        Don’t be sorry – it needed to be said! That was one hell of a first comment 😲!!
        Signed, a decrepit 45-year-old

    • ElsaBug says:

      You sound like my uncle who asked me when he could expect to be a great uncle again after I got engaged. I was 38 and had endometriosis. It sucked that people couldn’t just be happy for me without looking at me like I had just enough time to procreate.

    • Mountainmom says:

      I live in a town where the average age for a first time pregnancy is 37. Turns out you can have kids (if you want them) after 40. Maybe she wants to get married, enjoy being married, and not worry about an arbitrary deadline on her fertility which we know nothing about. Unreal.

  2. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    I was always indifferent to Vanessa, but the elvis story made me love her. Congrats to both of them.

    • Lucía says:

      She really came out of the whole thing looking much better than Austin, IMO.

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        Totally. Made him look like an a$$ and made vanessa look like she really cared and really wanted something for him.

    • atorontogal says:

      What’s the Elvis story? Did Austin dump her once he finally landed a big role?

      • Lucía says:

        Back when they were together, Vanessa told a story about her urging him to audition for the movie, a premonition of sorts. A couple weeks ago, he spoke about a “friend” whom he credits for him getting him to do the movie. Said friend was her. He had to come out and clear up he was talking about her ex-partner with whom he had an over ten-year relationship.

  3. AngryJayne says:

    They look happy together and I wish them the best.
    If they decide to have kids they’re going to be absolutely gorgeous.

  4. NotTheOne says:

    They’re happiness is beaming out of those photos! Wishing them only the best.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    She seems very happy in her relationship with her fiancé and very vibrant in life period. One thing I like about Vanessa is that she’s living without pretense unlike her ex Austin. Congrats to herp and her young man.

  6. Frippery says:

    Another cute story about a happy couple. It’s a good day. 🙂 They look just ….. happy, and it’s adorable.

    As an aside, does anyone else confuse Vanessa Hudgens with Selena Gomez sometimes, or is it just me?

  7. KLO says:

    I love Vanessa and I love to see her happy. Congrats!

  8. Lucía says:

    So the T was for Tucker, then? 😀 Congrats to them. He’s really cute! I commend her for taking the first step, and her general attitude about going after someone. I could use some of that, for sure.

  9. molly says:

    Good for them! I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

    (But if you gave me 100 guesses for that man’s job, “professional baseball player” still wouldn’t have made the list.)

  10. Sugarhere says:

    I have been looking up to Vanessa Hudgens since I saw her in the lead role of the movie GIMME SHELTER: her acting talents were already out of this world 10 years ago. Vanessa Hudgens is humble and an excellent, underrated actress. She’s always had it together and is driven like no other.

    Looking at the photographs, it’s endearing to see that neither her fiancé nor herself seems to believe they’ve found each other. I am so happy for Vanessa.

  11. J.Ferber says:

    They look so cute together. Best of luck for a happy life together.