Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's Relationship Timeline

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker were first linked in 2020 and recently got engaged

Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens attend the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California
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Vanessa Hudgens hit a home run when she met Cole Tucker.

The Princess Switch actress and the baseball player were first linked in November 2020. After giving us a few sneak peeks at their love on Instagram throughout 2021, the couple celebrated their first anniversary with a sweet Instagram post on Dec. 29.

In February 2023, PEOPLE confirmed that Hudgens and Tucker are engaged. TMZ was the first to report the news, saying the pair got engaged at the end of 2022.

Hudgens previously told Entertainment Tonight in April 2021 what has allowed her relationship to work.

"He's just kind of perfect for me," she said. "I am [happy]. I really am. I think that it's also so important to stay grateful for everything that you have in life. I've been making that a priority, and I feel like it's just been making magic happen all the more."

From sharing moments in ballparks to walking red carpets, here's everything you need to know about Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker's relationship.

November 2020: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker spark romance rumors

The two first sparked romance rumors when they were spotted getting cozy during an outing in L.A. in November 2020. Hudgens could be seen wrapping her arms around Tucker as they enjoyed a dinner date at the Canyon Country Store.

February 14, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker go Instagram official

Vanessa Hudgens with partner on Valentine's Day
Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens. Vanessa Hudgens/Instagram

For Valentine's Day, Hudgens shared a cute snap of her kissing Tucker on Instagram with the caption, "It's you, it's me, it's us. @cotuck."

February 26, 2021: Cole Tucker talks about Vanessa Hudgens in an interview

During an MLB spring training interview, Tucker publicly talked about Hudgens for the first time. "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. "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."

March 23, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens supports Cole Tucker at spring training

As Tucker prepared for a new season, Hudgens traveled to Florida to spend time with him during spring training. She even posted a photo of her and a friend watching Tucker from the stands.

March 31, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker have some fun in the sun

Hudgens shared a selfie of her and Tucker enjoying a beach day on Instagram. Hudgens posed with her tongue out while Tucker squinted at the sun.

Hudgens captioned the post, "🌞Sun Girl and Moon Boy🌝."

April 2021: Vanessa Hudgens reveals how she met Cole Tucker

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hudgens revealed that she actually met Tucker on a Zoom meditation group. When asked how they hit it off, she said, "He's just kind of perfect for me."

On The Drew Barrymore Show in May, Hudgens added that she made the first move with Tucker. "If I want something or someone, I'm going after them," she told the host. "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."

July 11, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker go the distance

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As Tucker traveled for work, the duo went long-distance with their relationship. When Tucker's teamed played the New York Mets, the two met up at the game in N.Y.C., with Hudgens calling herself "Biiiiig sports gals" in the caption.

Later that evening, Hudgens posted another photo on Instagram of her and Tucker smiling while surrounded by flowers. She captioned the photo: "All I need."

July 27, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens posts sweet photo with Cole Tucker on Instagram

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On July 27, Hudgens shared a sweet photo of Tucker and her kissing on a boatride with the caption, "Missing u @cotuck," to which Tucker replied, "breakfast sooooon."

November 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker take a tropical vacation together

In November, Hudgens and Tucker enjoyed some quality time together in the Caribbean. The actress shared sweet photos of them during their vacation at Hodges Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua.

November 11, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker make their red carpet debut

Cole Tucker and Vanessa Hudgens attend the 2021 AFI Fest - Opening Night Gala Premiere of Netflix's "tick, tick…BOOM" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2021 in Hollywood, California

Shortly after their vacation, the duo headed to L.A. for the premiere of Netflix's Tick Tick...BOOM! at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov. 10. The appearance marked their red carpet debut as a couple. A few days later, Hudgens and Tucker headed to the East Coast for the N.Y.C. premiere of the film at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

December 29, 2021: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker celebrate their 1-year anniversary

On Dec. 29, Hudgens marked her anniversary with Tucker on Instagram. Alongside a cute photo of the pair dressed up, she wrote, "1 year down @cotuck ❤️love👏🏽you👏🏽🤟🏽" Tucker later commented under the post, "The best 🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽"

February 6, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker go hiking

Vanessa Hudgen and Cole Tucker
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

Before spring training began for the 2022 Major League Baseball season, Tucker spent his off-season downtime with Hudgens. On Feb. 6, Hudgens posted several photos of the couple on a hiking date on Instagram.

In the post, the actress declared herself "Grounded and oh so happy," to be out in the wild with Tucker.

April 7, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens wishes "Happy Opening Day" to Cole Tucker

Vanessa Hudgen and Cole Tucker
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

On Major League Baseball's Opening Day for the 2022 season, Hudgens posted a few silly photos of Tucker and her on Instagram to wish her boyfriend luck for the first game of the year. She noted in the post, "Happy opening day my 👑"

June 5, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens supports Cole Tucker in trade to Arizona

On June 5, Tucker was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2019. The move not only brought the Phoenix native back to his home state, but also much closer to the Los Angeles-based Hudgens.

Hudgens supported Tucker's move west in an Instagram story about the news, saying both "Let's go babyyy" and "A great day indeed."

July 3, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens wishes Cole Tucker a happy birthday

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

In honor of Tucker's birthday on July 3, Hudgens shared a heartfelt post on Instagram alongside a handful of photos of them together. "Who's a big birthday boy?! @cotuck is 😍🥳🥰," she wrote. "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words… how about wonderful life is now your in the world. DAMNIT 😉🤟🏽🥂💋 Happy birthday baby ♥️"

October 31, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker spend Halloween together

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker celebrate Halloween
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

While Hudgens and Tucker opted out of a couple's costume, they still spent the spooky holiday together. The High School Musical star dressed up as Miss Argentina from the 1988 film Beetlejuice, while Tucker painted his entire face to appear as Sting — a pro wrestler. Hudgens shared a photo of their intricate costumes on Instagram.

December 29, 2022: Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker celebrate Christmas together

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker celebrate Christmas
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

A few days after Christmas, Hudgens posted a photo of her and Tucker in front of a decorated tree with the caption, "Merry af." In the background of the selfie, Tucker could be seen wearing an Elf onesie.

February 2023: PEOPLE confirms Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker are engaged

In February 2023, PEOPLE confirmed that the couple is engaged. TMZ was the first to report the news, saying the pair got engaged at the end of 2022.

February 9, 2023: Vanessa Hudgens announces that she and Cole Tucker are engaged

Vanessa Hudgens Shows Off Engagement Ring from Fiancé Cole Tucker: 'We Couldn't Be Happier'

In a joint Instagram post, the couple announced that Tucker popped the question with a stunning emerald-cut engagement ring in Paris.

"YES. We couldn't be happier," the caption said alongside images of Hudgens showing off her new bling.

February 14, 2023: Vanessa Hudgens celebrates her "real magnetic love" with Cole Tucker

Hudgens celebrated Valentine's Day with a sweet post about Tucker on Instagram.

"Real magnetic love is out there. What a journey it was to get here but so worth it to get to my forever @cotuck 🥰 Happy Valentine's Day ❤️," she captioned a photo of the newly-engaged couple. The image showed Tucker kissing the actress on the cheek, and behind them were gold balloons that said: "Mr. & Mrs."

March 16, 2023: Vanessa Hudgens opens up to PEOPLE about her engagement

In March 2023, Hudgens gushed about her recent engagement as she spoke to PEOPLE, noting that she was completely surprised by Tucker's proposal.

"We had definitely talked about it, but I did not expect it to happen the way that it happened and the moment that it happened," she said. "It definitely caught me off guard and I was bawling my eyes out." Of her "gorgeous" engagement ring, she added, "I love it. I get distracted by it all the time."

Hudgens added she's knee-deep in planning for the wedding and already overwhelmed. "It's a big daunting thing — so much goes into it," she said with a laugh. "Like Gwen Stefani said, this s— is bananas."

March 23, 2023: Fans claim that Cole Tucker manifested his relationship with Vanessa Hudgens

Fans are convinced that Tucker and Hudgens are meant to be after uncovering the MLB player's love for High School Musical.

In 2012, Tucker, who was a teenager at the time, tweeted: "In search of: A girl who's down to watch High School Musical with me and scratch my back."

April 14, 2023: Vanessa Hudgens says being engaged to Cole Tucker is "the best thing ever"

Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker
Vanessa Hudgens Instagram

During an interview with Today's Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, Hudgens discussed how it feels to be engaged to Tucker.

"It feels amazing. There's a sense of security. You feel so safe," she said. "It's the best thing ever. I love being a fiancée."

May 8, 2023: Vanessa Hudgens talks about possibly eloping with Cole Tucker

Hudgens opened up about the pressure of wedding planning during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.

"I don't know, finding a venue is tough," the High School Musical alum told host Drew Barrymore, adding, "I kind of just want to elope. I really, I'm lost."

When Barrymore asked about Tucker's hopes for the wedding, Hudgens explained, "I mean he just wants to get married to me. He's like, 'Whatever you want babe.' "

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