Vanessa Hudgens savagely dodged ex-boyfriend Austin Butler Sunday night following the 2023 Academy Awards.
The actress was caught on video looking down at her phone – seemingly in an attempt to avoid eye contact with her ex – as she walked past Butler at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty.
At the time, Butler was standing next to Sharon Stone while waiting for a car outside the swanky event in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The “Elvis” star appeared to glance in Hudgens’ direction as she swiftly dashed past him and walked away without making conversation.
It’s unclear whether the pair, who dated for nearly nine years from 2011 to 2020, spoke inside the party. Pics reveal Butler attended the bash with his new girlfriend, Kaia Gerber.
Earlier in the night, Butler, 31, was dragged by trolls online for still talking in his now-famous “Elvis” accent, which could be heard during red carpet interviews. Interestingly enough, it was Hudgens, 34, who initially told Butler he should portray Elvis Presley someday – before he landed the coveted gig in Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 biographical drama.
“When is Austin Butler losing the accent? Or is it part of his DNA now?” one Oscar viewer asked on social media, while another wrote, “Austin Butler still has a hint of that accent and I’m gonna shove him into a locker.”
Butler also received a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of the “Jailhouse Rock” singer. However, the accolade ultimately went to Brendan Fraser for playing Charlie, a 600-pound English teacher, in “The Whale.”
Butler’s years-long journey to take on Presley’s life on the big screen began during his relationship with Hudgens. He acknowledged her support during a January interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“We’d been together for so long and she had this sort of clairvoyant moment, and so I really – I owe her a lot for believing in me,” he gushed.
The “Princess Switch” star first recalled the “clairvoyant” moment during a 2019 appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“Last December, we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music, and then an Elvis Presley Christmas song came on,” she recalled in 2019.
“He had just dyed his hair dark. He’s a natural blond, and I was looking at him and he was singing along and I was like, ‘Babe, you need to play Elvis.’”
Butler and Hudgens were first linked at their mutual friend Ashley Tisdale’s sister’s birthday party in 2011 and dated until January 2020.
Hudgens, for her part, has been loved up with MLB star Cole Tucker since 2020, and the pair got engaged last month.
Butler has been dating supermodel Cindy Crawford’s daughter since December 2021.
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