“That moment when Brad Pitt is accepting his award and mentions your friend Austin Butler,” the 34-year-old wrote on her IG Story regarding Brad’s winning speech for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie at the 2020 SAG Awards on Sunday, January 19. “I’m like I’ve known him since he was 15! Proud friend.”
Ashley and Vanessa, 31, have been besties since their High School Musical days circa 2005, which was around the same time Ashley met Austin, 28. It turns out though, it’s not super rare for the blonde beauty to still remain on good terms with her BFF’s exes. For instance, Ashley still follows Zac Efron on Instagram, whom Vanessa dated for four years. If anything, it just proves how mature Ash and Vanessa are.
In case you need a refresher, news of Vanessa and Austin’s split broke on January 14. “Vanessa and Austin are officially broken up, and Vanessa has been telling those close to her about their breakup,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. The former flames dated for nearly nine years.
Their breakup caught many by surprise, especially because the brunette beauty recently revealed what makes the relationship work. “Communication, trust and patience,” she exclusively told Life & Style in August 2019. Austin also had his own recipe on what makes a strong bond.
“I think you just have to — it’s important to put that other person first,” the blonde hunk told Entertainment Tonight in 2015. “If you’re constantly looking for ways that you can make them happy, and they’re constantly looking for ways that they can make you happy, then you kind of lift each other up as much as possible and you can’t go wrong.”
Vanessa hasn’t opened up about the split, but based on her recent social media posts, she seems to be doing just fine. Here’s to hoping the two reunite and get back together because let’s face, they were one of Hollywood’s cutest couples!