There's a Wild Theory That Zac Efron Was Secretly Dating Vanessa Valladares 3 Years Ago

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Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: Instagram
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Kay, so as you're likely well aware, Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares recently broke up after almost a year of dating. Or *extreme dramatic voice* WAS IT A YEAR?! Which is my all-caps way of saying there's a new conspiracy theory floating around the internet that Zac and Vanessa were actually dating for three years without literally anyone noticing.

Vanessa and Zac reportedly started dating in July 2020 after meeting at a cafe, but according to The Daily Mail, a resurfaced (and since-deleted) comment on one of Vanessa's posts from December 29, 2017, throws doubt on the entire timeline. You can see the photo in question here, and here's the comment—which has since been deleted and was reportedly left 163 weeks ago (March 2018):

"Take care. God bless you and Zac. xx."

As The Daily Mail notes, the comments on Vanessa's posts are limited, so the fact that this since-deleted musing shows up implies that the person who wrote it knows her. Meanwhile, more detective work by The Daily Mail notes that Zac was, in fact, in Australia in December 2017 (attending the Sydney red carpet premiere of The Greatest Showman), around the same time Vanessa's image was posted:

Photo credit: Lisa Maree Williams - Getty Images
Photo credit: Lisa Maree Williams - Getty Images

He also posted a photo of himself hiking just a few days before Vanessa's pic was uploaded. What does it mean? Probably nothing. But maybe something! Who knows!

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Either way, Zac and Vanessa appear to be over, and a source recently told Us Weekly that the actor is "about to start a busy year of filming and wanted to make a clean break now,” and that he is “secretly relieved about this turn of events as he feels she would be a distraction to him during the filming of the intense drama.” Kay!

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