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Vanessa Hudgens isn’t afraid to make the first move when it comes to love.
During an appearance on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the former “High School Musical” actress revealed how she met her current boyfriend, Cole Tucker, during quarantine. Hudgens previously dated Austin Butler for nine years before breaking up last year.
“It’s so weird, believe me, I still cannot get over the fact that it happened,” Hudgens, 32, told Barrymore. “I remember in quarantine I was like, ‘Cool, so I’m single now and I can’t meet anybody.’ I was like, ‘I guess I’ll go on a dating app,’ but I always said I would never go on a dating app and then I find myself on a dating app. I was like, ‘I hate myself, I’ve got to get off of that’ and then I kind of just gave up for a minute.'”
Hudgens explained that while working on Lin Manuel’s directorial debut, “Tick, Tick…Boom,” a friend invited her to join a Zoom meditation group.
“They added me to a group text and everyone is sending gifs of themselves and it’s like Joe Jonas, Wilmer Valderrama,” said Hudgens. “So I send a gif of myself and then there is a gif in the group chat of a baseball player sliding into a base. I thought it was a joke, so I just responded, ‘Hot.'”
Hudgens said she later saw Tucker, 24, during the Zoom meeting and messaged him afterward.
“I mean, I’m such a go-getter. If I want something or someone, I’m going after them,” the actress said. “I fully just slid into his DM and was like, ‘Hey, it was nice to meet you.’ I think there is no shame in making the first move. If you want it, why wait for someone else to give you what you want?”
The couple confirmed their relationship on Valentine’s Day with a photo of them kissing on Instagram.
In February, Tucker opened up about their relationship in an interview with KDKA.
“I got a girlfriend and she’s cool,” Tucker, a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, told the outlet in March. At the time, Tucker said Hudgens could visit him during spring training.
“She’s awesome. I love her, but I don’t want to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife come down, or Ke’Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down,” Tucker said, adding, “She’s great. She’ll be around.”