After a real-life meet cute, Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares' love story is going strong. The pair was officially reported to be dating this week after meeting at Australia's Byron Bay General Store café, where she was working as a server. Efron and Valladares have been spotted holding hands, grabbing brunch, and enjoying a ski vacation since they were linked back in June.
Now, an insider is opening up about the couple's new relationship. “Zac and Vanessa are really good for each other,” an insider told Us Weekly. “She has calmed him down a lot, and he’s not partying too much.” As evidenced by Valladares' earthy Instagram feed and Efron's recent Netflix travel show Down to Earth With Zach Efron, the pair likes hanging out outside. “Vanessa loves to be active,” the source confirmed. “She and Zac have that in common.”
Real life rom-com. This is Vanessa Valladares, she’s not an actress or model. She was working as a server at a Byron Bay cafe where she met Zac Efron. She’s now his live-in girlfriend, and has quit her job at the cafe. pic.twitter.com/is0BX6LNrE— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 8, 2020
Efron's latest romance comes amid his move from the U.S. to Australia. Last month, TMZ reported that the actor would make his quarantine residence of Byron Bay, New South Wales his permanent home. Back in June, locals even saw Efron spending time at the café where Valladares worked.
Since getting together, a source told Us that she's no longer working at the eatery and basically lives with Efron. “Things moved quickly, and Vanessa spends most nights at Zac’s house,” the insider explained, adding, “They are both very smitten with each other.”
As for the calmness Valladares may bring into Efron's life, he's been open about his previous partying lifestyle and sobriety journey. "What I found is structure," he told ELLE back in 2016 about getting sober. "That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in. There was a moment when my morning routine was, like, Get up and Google yourself. But that stopped, dramatically and instantly, probably three years ago. I realized that viewing yourself through other people's pictures is not living your own life. I wasn't really being myself."
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