Just one day after Vanessa Hudgens tragically lost her father to cancer, she still performed in ‘Grease: Live’ to honor him. But if it weren’t for the support of her loving boyfriend, Austin Butler, Vanessa’s decision to stick with it might not have been so simple. Get the EXCLUSIVE details here!
Grease: Live held a special place in Vanessa Hudgens‘ heart from the moment she was cast as Rizzo, but it has even more meaning to her as it is her way of honoring her dad, Greg Hudgens, who sadly passed away the night before the big show. How did Vanessa, 27, find the strength to still be part of Grease: Live amidst dealing with such a devastating loss? Her boyfriend, Austin Butler!
“Vanessa is absolutely devastated, her father was a huge presence in her life and taught her how a woman should be treated,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “But rather than be downbeat, Vanessa feels lucky to have the support of Austin who is already offering her a shoulder to cry on, and went through the same thing she’s going through when his mother died in 2014.”
Aww, how sweet! It couldn’t have been easy for Vanessa to bounce back from such a sad time so quickly, but it sounds like Austin played a key part in keeping her spirits up. What an amazing boyfriend!
Vanessa took to Twitter to announce her father’s passing hours before becoming Rizzo for Grease: Live, also declaring that she would do the show in his honor. After all, she knew she couldn’t let her fans — or her dad — down! “It would’ve been exactly what her dad would’ve wanted and he was happy to have seen her meteoric rise,” our source added.
Along with Austin, Vanessa received tons of love from many of her famous friends, including sweet tributes from her Grease: Live costars Julianne Hough and Carly Rae Jepsen. She even got a heartfelt shoutout from her High School Musical besties Ashley Tisdale and Monique Coleman! Whether it’s her boyfriend, her best friends, or her costars, Vanessa has quite the support system — and we’re so glad they inspired her to still be Rizzo. She sure made her dad proud!
Are you glad Vanessa still performed in Grease: Live, HollywoodLifers? Send her your love as she mourns the sad loss of her dad.