Why Vanessa Hudgens ‘Can’t Stop Smiling’ Around Cole Tucker As Fans Freak Over ‘Date Night’ Pic

Although Vanessa Hudgens is 'taking things slow' with Cole Tucker, a source tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she's already very comfortable with him.

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Vanessa Hudgens is moving on from Austin Butler with 24-year-old Cole Tucker, who she was spotted with for the first time on Nov. 21. “Vanessa can’t stop smiling when she’s around Cole,” a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Although she doesn’t want to rush things, she really likes being with him because there’s a level of comfortability there. She thinks he’s really genuine, down to earth, and she feels like she can just be herself around him.”

Vanessa sent fans into a frenzy when she posted an Instagram photo of herself on a ‘date night’ on Nov. 21. The next day, photos surfaced of her hugging a taller mystery man while out and about, and the guy was later identified as Cole. “She actually has a lot more in common with him than people might think,” our source dished. “Cole is well-known because he’s a baseball player, but he’s also played music since he was a kid and can tear it up on the drums.”

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Vanessa Hudgens is all smiles in a feathered dress. (AP Images)

Obviously, things are still new between Vanessa and Cole, but this is the first man she’s been linked to since her split from Austin. News of the pair’s split broke at the very beginning of 2020. They had been together for nine years at the time of the breakup. Before that, Vanessa was famously in a long term relationship with her High School Musical co-starZac Efron.

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Cole Tucker on the baseball field. (AP Images)

While Vanessa has kept her dating life out of the public eye this year, she certainly hasn’t slowed down when it comes to her social media activity. Vanessa is not shy when it comes to posting sexy pics on her Instagram page. Recently, she reminisced on her travels before the coronavirus pandemic by sharing shots of herself on the beach in a bikini. She also shared a hilarious video of herself doing Cardi B’s “WAP” dance in the middle of a workout, which fans loved.