Butler was in a high-profile relationship with «High School Musical» alum Hudgens for almost nine years. Fans began speculating that the two were an item when they walked the red carpet together at the «Journey 2: The Mysterious Island» premiere in early 2012. Still, they stayed mum about their relationship status for the first two years.
Hudgens was the first to publicly acknowledge their coupling, calling Butler the «love of my life» in a 2014 birthday post on Instagram. The former couple shared many adorable moments over the years, including when Butler referred to Hudgens as his «rock» in an interview with Access Hollywood at the premiere of his 2019 film «The Dead Don’t Die.»
The pair split suddenly in January 2020, just a month before their anniversary. They didn’t give a specific reason for their surprise split, but their busy schedules couldn’t have made things easy.