After five months of dating, Zac Efron and his Byron bae Vanessa Valladares have reportedly called it quits, reports various tabloids including well-known proclaimers of truth, Woman’s Day and The Sun. (It’s probably best we take the reports with a grain of salt, so don’t lose your shit at Zefron being single just yet.)
Alright! So The Sun has it that it was Zac Efron’s work that tore the couple apart. Note: As Zac followers will remember, Zac’s been filming his new Stan Australia film, Gold, in SA, and actually got stuck there during the lockdown the week before last, which locals loved, of course. This reportedly didn’t help matters between the couple.
“Zac and Vanessa looked like the real deal,” The Sun’s source said. “They were besotted with each other. So once he decided to stay in Australia long term, he suggested they buy their first home. They’d started to look at a few places but, sadly, fate wasn’t on their side. Zac’s work and the enforced distance has really taken its toll.”
The source continued: “Friends hope they can reunite, but it seems their relationship was more like a holiday romance than they cared to admit.”
Woman’s Day has a similar take; claiming distance is affecting their relationship. “Filming a local production is probably needed to support his visa, so there’s no backing out for Zac. He’ll be here in Adelaide for a while,” a Woman’s Day ‘insider’ told the publication. “He doesn’t mention his girlfriend much and seems keen to hang out with the locals.”
Since meeting while Vanessa was working at the Byron Bay General Store & Café in June, Zanessa 2.0 had been full-on, PDA’ing all over town and even heading on a ski trip together to Thredbo back in September. At the time, a source had told US Weekly: “Things moved quickly, and Vanessa spends most nights at Zac’s house. They are both very smitten with each other.”
Zefron was last spotted by a fan at Adelaide CBD bar Crybaby before the state went into a six-day lockdown. Production on Gold was paused during lockdown but has since resumed.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.