Austin Butler addresses Vanessa Hudgens breakup 2 years later

Austin Butler finally broke his silence on his breakup with Vanessa Hudgens, more than two years after they called it quits.

“Life is full of changes,” the “Elvis” star said in his June 2022 GQ cover story, published Wednesday.

“You’ve got to find a way to constantly be evolving and growing,” he continued.

Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens walking together.
Austin Butler broke his silence on his 2020 breakup from Vanessa Hudgens.

Butler, 30, and Hudgens, 33, dated from 2011 to 2020, ending their nearly decade-long romance in January of that year.

The “High School Musical” star previously dated her co-star Zac Efron and moved on with MLB player Cole Tucker in December 2020.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler looking at each other on a red carpet.
The pair dated for almost a decade from 2011 to 2020.

Butler, for his part, was spotted with model Kaia Gerber in December 2021, and Page Six later confirmed that they were “newly dating.”

The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star and Gerber, 20, made their red carpet debut at the 2022 Met Gala earlier this month.

“I go, ‘If I don’t see the picture, then it doesn’t really exist to me.’ I don’t want to be really negative, but there’s hardly any job I despise more than paparazzi,” Butler told GQ when asked about photos of him with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s daughter.

Austin Butler at the 2022 Met Gala.
Butler attended the 2022 Met Gala with Gerber, posing for photos solo and together.
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As for his new relationship, Butler told the mag, “I don’t think there’s anything I want to share about that. But thank you for providing the space.”

The “Carrie Diaries” alum, who plays rock and roll legend Elvis Presley in a Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic hitting theaters in June, also revealed in the new profile that his body “started shutting down” after filming wrapped in Australia.

Austin Butler in "Elvis."
Butler stars as Elvis Presley in a new biopic.
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Butler said he was rushed to the hospital in March 2021 and diagnosed with a virus likened to appendicitis.

“I woke up at four in the morning with excruciating pain,” he said, noting he had immersed himself in the role so deeply it made him sick. “My body just started shutting down the day after I finished Elvis.”


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