Austin Butler Posed With Girlfriend Kaia Gerber and Had a Viral Run-In With Ex Vanessa Hudgens at Oscar Party

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Austin Butler Posed With Girlfriend Kaia Gerber and Had a Viral Run-In With Ex Vanessa Hudgens at Oscar Party

Austin Butler and his lingering Elvis accent didn't take home the Oscar for Best Actor last night, but the star got attention for his (brief) reunion with the woman who believed he should pursue the Elvis role: his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens and Butler were photographed together while exiting the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Butler was talking to Sharon Stone, while Hudgens walked right past him. What's less clear is whether the two interacted inside the party or had a moment beyond that.

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Vanessa Hudgens passing Austin Butler at the Vanity Fair Oscar after partyPEMA - BACKGRID
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Butler attended the Academy Awards with his agent but posed at Vanity Fair's event with his girlfriend of over a year, Kaia Gerber. He explained his Oscar date choice on the red carpet, saying on ABC's pre-show, per People, “I've got my best friend here with me, who is also my agent. And I owe my career to him, so as a thank you, I wanted him to be by my side tonight.”

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Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party red carpetCindy Ord/VF23 - Getty Images
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Hudgens herself is recently engaged to MLB player Cole Tucker. Hudgens and Butler dated for nine years; they broke up while Butler was filming Elvis. While Butler initially described Hudgens as the “friend” who encouraged him to chase after the Elvis role; he eventually course-corrected after that approach generated online scrutiny.

“That’s right [that my partner at the time, Vanessa Hudgens, encouraged me to play Elvis],” he said after the Los Angeles Times' reporter pressed him on it in January. “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.”

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