Who is Vanessa Hudgens' Fiancé? All About Cole Tucker & Their Relationship

The couple's romance began—of all places—over Zoom.
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Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon entertainment and celebrity editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Mar 29, 2023

It's the start of something new for Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Cole Tucker. In early 2023, the 34-year-old singer and actress announced her engagement to the MLB shortstop. The couple, who first met in 2020, went IG official the following year and have since been candidly open about their love and adoration for each other. Here, we break down Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's relationship timeline, including their digital meet-cute, how Tucker popped the question, and our predictions for their wedding day.

  • Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker were first spotted together in 2020 and later made their relationship IG official in 2021.
  • Both are equally supportive of each other's careers, as Vanessa Hudgens often attends Cole Tucker's baseball games, while he attends red carpet events at her side.
  • The couple reportedly got engaged in late 2022. Then, in February 2023, Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker announced their engagement on Instagram.
  • We predict that Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's wedding may happen as early as fall 2023 or early 2024.

Who is Vanessa Hudgens Dating?

Vanessa Hudgens is engaged to Cole Tucker, a 26-year-old Major League Baseball shortstop and outfielder. The duo began dating in 2020, though they didn't confirm the happy news on social media until Valentine's Day in 2021.

All About Cole Tucker, Vanessa Hudgens' Fiancé

So, who is Vanessa Hudgens' fiancé? Here, we break down everything to know about Cole Tucker.

He's an MLB Player

Cole Tucker is best known for being a Major League Baseball player, switching between shortstop and outfielder positions. He entered the MLB in 2014 when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After playing for various minor league teams, he made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 2019. He was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022 and elected free agency at the end of that season. He currently plays in the Colorado Rockies organization.

He's Originally from Arizona

Cole Tucker was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up as a Diamondbacks fan. He attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix and played on his school's baseball team. He went on to represent the US in the 2013 18U Baseball World Cup, and then later committed to playing baseball in college at the University of Arizona.

He Currently Plays Baseball in Colorado

After becoming a free agent in 2022, Cole Tucker signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. In February 2023, ahead of the 2023-2024 MLB season, Tucker posted a photo of himself in the Rockies uniform, writing, "Back on the Train 🤘🏽." Ever the supportive girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens commented, "3 for meeee" in reference to his jersey number.

He May Have Manifested His Relationship With Vanessa Hudgens

Following the news of Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's engagement, fans of the Disney alum couldn't help but do their own research about her fiancé—and they found a compelling social media post that indicates Tucker may have manifested their romance. In 2012, when Tucker was just a teen, he Tweeted, "In search of: A girl who's down to watch High School Musical with me and scratch my back." We'd dare to say he never imagined he'd end up engaged to the Gabriella Montez.

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's Relationship Timeline

How did Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker meet? When did they officially begin dating? We share everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide to Vanessa Hudgens and fiancé Cole Tucker's relationship timeline.

November 2020: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Spark Romance Rumors

We can trace Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's relationship back to late 2020 when the two were photographed together in Los Angeles. Tucker could be seen with his arms around Hudgens as they enjoyed a dinner date.

February 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Begin Dating

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker began dating in December, and they went Instagram official on February 14, 2021. (How's that for a Valentine's Day to remember?) The actress posted a photo of herself kissing her beau, writing, "It's you, it's me, it's us."

Later that month, Tucker opened up about his girlfriend in an interview at MLB spring training. "I got a girlfriend and she's cool. She's awesome, I love her. But I don't want it to be, 'Oh, Cole's dating Vanessa … ' " he said at the time, noting that she'd be a frequent presence at the stadium. "I don't want it to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife down, or Ke'Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down. She's great. She'll be around. You will see her, but you saw the headline, it is what it is."

April 2021: Vanessa Hudgens Reveals How She Met Cole Tucker

In April, Vanessa Hudgens told Entertainment Tonight that she met her boyfriend on a Zoom meditation group, saying, "He's just kind of perfect for me." One month later, Hudgens appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show where she revealed that she made the first move. "If I want something or someone, I'm going after them," she reflected. "I fully just slid into his DMs and was like, 'Hey, it was nice to meet you.' So I think there is no shame in making the first move."

Summer 2021: Vanessa Hudgens Attends Boyfriend Cole Tucker's Baseball Games

With their romance confirmed and baseball season in full swing, Vanessa Hudgens spent the majority of summer 2021 attending Cole Tucker's baseball games around the country. She often posted photo dumps of herself in the stands with cheeky captions like "Do u like sports? Cause we do," and "Biiiiig sports gals."

November 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Boyfriend Cole Tucker Make Their Red Carpet Debut

Vanessa and Cole pose on the red carpet.
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In the fall of 2021, Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens made their red carpet debut as a couple. The duo attended the premiere of Hudgens' Netflix movie Tick Tick...BOOM! at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. "I'm so late posting these but I've been so overwhelmed by emotions (and busy with press) after this magical night," Hudgens wrote on Instagram. "I couldn't be more proud and honored to be apart of this special film."

Just one month later, Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker marked their one-year anniversary on December 29. "1 year down @cotuck ❤️love👏🏽you👏🏽🤟🏽," Hudgens wrote on Instagram.

Winter 2022: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Spark Proposal Rumors

After another year of baseball games, red carpet appearances, and holiday celebrations, Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker sparked engagement rumors in late 2022.

February 2023: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Confirm Their Engagement

Finally, Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker publicly announced their engagement on February 9, 2023. The fiancés shared a collab post of the Paris proposal on Instagram, writing, "YES. We couldn't be happier 🤍"

February 2023: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker Celebrate With an Engagement Party

On February 14, 2023—five days after the engagement reveal and on the second anniversary of taking their romance public—Vanessa Hudgens shared an Instagram photo of her hugging her fiancé in honor of Valentine's Day. The picture appears to be from an engagement party, as Hudgens is dressed in a white dress and gold balloons spelling "Mr. & Mrs." can be seen in the background. "Real magnetic love is out there," she wrote. "What a journey it was to get here but so worth it to get to my forever @cotuck 🥰 Happy Valentine's Day."

The next month, she celebrated her proposal once again. She posed for a photo in front of silver balloons that spelled "Engaged" wearing a white one-shoulder column dress. She captioned the post with a ring and a smiley face emoji, and her fiancé sweetly commented, "Mrs T."

Vanessa Hudgens' Engagement to Cole Tucker

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's engagement photos indicate that the proposal took place in Paris, France. In the first image shared on Instagram, Tucker hugs Hudgens from behind while she shows off her newly-blinged out ring finger. The second image provides a closer look at Vanessa Hudgens' engagement ring, which appears to be an oval-cut diamond set on a gold band (which just so happen to be two of the biggest engagement ring trends right now). The background of the photo shows off the Eiffel Tower and a statue of an angel on the Pont Alexandre III, which is considered to be the most ornate bridge in Paris.

Vanessa Hudgens' Wedding Predictions

Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens' wedding plans are well underway. In an interview with Refinery29, the actress shared that she's already enlisted the help of vendors to bring her big day to life. "Originally I was like, 'I'm just going to do it myself,'" she told the outlet. "Then as the months went on and I realized nothing had been done, I was like, 'Okay, I need some help.'" She also added that she's prioritizing her mental health amid the planning process. "If I'm super stressed, I'll try to take a minute to zen out," she continued. "I really love breath work. I have a YouTube video saved where there are drumbeat sounds to connect to your breath. When we get stressed, we forget to breathe, even though it's the simplest thing ever."

So, what else can we expect from Vanessa Hudgens' wedding? While there's no word yet on when she and Cole Tucker will tie the knot, we predict it may happen later this year (once the MLB season wraps up) or in spring 2024. Here's what else they may have in store for their nuptials.

The Couple Will Have Multiple Wedding Events

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker split their time throughout the US; while the actress lives in LA, her fiancé is based in Colorado during baseball season and spends spring and summer traveling to different ballparks in the country. Considering this, we predict the couple will have multiple wedding celebrations across various cities to ensure they celebrate with all of their loved ones.

She'll Have an A-List Bridal Party

Vanessa Hudgens has been a celebrity bridesmaid for quite a few of her famous friends, including Ashley Tisdale and Sarah Hyland. We predict they'll return the favor and serve as her bridesmaids when the time comes. We also wouldn't be surprised if some of Tucker's MLB teammates attend the festivities too.

Vanessa Hudgens Will Have a Zen Bachelorette Party

Vanessa Hudgens helped carry out bachelorette party planning duties for her bestie Sarah Hyland, telling People Magazine she's "good at bringing the vibes…which means music and dance and beverages." She said the trip, which took place in Punta Mita, Mexico, was a "healing" experience, a theme we predict she'll replicate for her own bachelorette party. Knowing she met her fiancé at a virtual meditation event, we wouldn't be surprised if her bash is filled with zen activities like yoga, mindfulness practices and sound baths.

She'll Opt for a Natural Beauty Look

Here's one Vanessa Hudgens wedding prediction we know will come true. Speaking to Refinery29 about her skincare brand Know Beauty, which she launched with singer Madison Beer, Hudgens gave a little insight into what her wedding day glam look will be, noting that treatments like botox are "not really my vibe." Instead, she'll opt for a look that feels authentic and real. "Not a lot beauty-wise will change for me between now and then," she said. "Natural beauty is where it's at, and I feel like the love of your life accepts you and loves you for who you are, so why would you want to change it?"

Her Dog Will Have a Role

Vanessa Hudgens' dog Darla is a frequent fixture on her Instagram feed, so we're fairly certain the pup will make an appearance on the couple's wedding day. Even if Darla isn't able to physically attend, we predict they may honor her through a signature cocktail or custom signage.

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