Who is Vanessa Hudgens' Boyfriend Cole Tucker?

Vanessa Hudgens first found fame as the love interest to Zac Efron's character in the seminal teen movie High School Musical.

And rumors about the actress' real-life relationships have ever since filled columns in celebrity gossip sites, with Hudgens linked with high-profile names, from Josh Hutcherson to Elvis star Austin Butler.

There is now a growing buzz that Hudgens is in fact dating Cole Tucker, which is a name some readers may be unfamiliar with.

So who is her reported new man Cole Tucker, and why do people think they are an item?

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Tucker Cole #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a portrait during the Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day on February 20, 2019 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Elsa/Getty Images

Who is Vanessa Hudgens' Boyfriend Cole Tucker?

Cole Bryson Tucker, 25, is a player for pro U.S. baseball team the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He made his Major League Baseball debut in 2019, and currently plays as a shortstop and an outfielder for the team.

Prior to hitting the big time with the major leagues, Cole played for the Gulf Coast League Pirates, the Arizona Wildcats, West Virginia Power, and Bradenton Marauders.

And an ability with a baseball apparently runs in the blood, as his brother Carson was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2020 MLB draft.

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Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens attend the 2021 AFI Fest - Opening Night Gala Premiere of Netflix's "tick, tick…BOOM" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2021 in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Are Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Dating?

The couple evidently felt ready to face the world's media on November 10 last year, at the premiere of the Vanessa Hudgens' Netflix movie Tick Tick...BOOM making the couple red carpet official.

The U.S. celebrity rumor mill began to go into overdrive in late November, when Vanessa Hudgens captioned a gnomic Instagram post with: "Date night 💖" while holding a romantic single blush pink rose.

The Daily Mail reported Vanessa Hudgens was believed to have visited Tucker in his hometown of Phoenix, in December last year.

Celebrity site E! was the first to report Vanessa Hudgens, 32, was exclusively dating Cole Tucker, with a source quoted as saying in early January 2022: "They are boyfriend and girlfriend, [...] They rang in the New Year together."

A little more than one month later the obviously loved-up couple went Instagram official: with Hudgens uploaded an amateur and slightly blurry image of the pair passionately kissing.

The picture was accompanied by the short but sweet caption: "It's you, it's me, it's us. @cotuck ❤️💋🤟🏽"

The baseball star also posted a pic of the pair in a relaxed but tender embrace while sitting on a couch in casual wear.

They have since been happy to pose together at several other events, including a John Mayer concert live at The Hollywood Palladium in February, and the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards later that same month.

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Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker attend as John Mayer performs live at The Hollywood Palladium for SiriusXM and Pandora's Small Stage Series in Los Angeles on February 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California Mike Coppola/Getty Images