Zac Efron has apparently found a new romance amid his relocation to Australia. The Daily Mail recently captured photos of Efron and Australian model Vanesa Valladares, 25, holding hands for a Byron Bay outing. This PDA comes months after the couple was spotted enjoying a ski vacation together in Thredo, as obtained by the Herald Sun.
The romance also emerges during a time of transition for Efron. In August, TMZ reported that the actor intended to make Byron Bay, New South Wales his permanent residence. According to the outlet, this move won't impact Efron's career and is mainly a reflection of the relatively safe and paparazzi-free nature of the area. Back in June, locals saw Efron hanging out at at Byron Bay's General Store café—the very restaurant People reports Valladares worked at when she met the actor.
Ahead, here's what we know about Valladares and rumors she may be living with Efron.
She's a model and waitress.
As reported by People and the Daily Mail, Efron met Valladares while she was waiting tables at Byron Bay's General Store café. Now the Daily Mail claims that Valladares has quit her job at the restaurant and is an "aspiring model." A few professional shots from her career appear on her Instagram. Valladares appears to have modeled for Australian labels Love St and Spell.
She may be living with Efron.
Things between Efron and Valladares seem to be moving fast. Three months after meeting in June, the Daily Mail reports Valladares has moved in with Efron at his Belongil Beach home, which he's renting. Their first outing as a couple was back in July, when photos showed the pair arriving from a ski trip at Ballina airport. More recently, the they were seen grabbing brunch at a beachside restaurant in Lennox Head, Australia. And they shared their first bit of PDA as they held hands outside of The Farm restaurant.
"Zac met Ness earlier in the summer. They started hanging out in July and recently took a ski trip together," a source told People of the new relationship. "You can tell that they are having fun. She spends a lot of time at this house."
Efron's last low-key relationship was with his Neighbors co-star Halston Sage. Us Weekly reported that the pair was an item at the start of 2020 after rumors of their romance first emerged in 2014. A source said at the time that they "are in a serious relationship and in love. They spent the holidays together, with part of that time in Santa Barbara." But it appears that relationship didn't make the move with Efron to Australia. Before Sage, he's been linked to Olympian Sarah Bro, actress Alexandra Daddario, and, of course, his High School Musical love interest Vanessa Hudgens.
She has a public Instagram—but isn't following Efron.
Valladares, who has about 11.3k Instagram followers, hasn't gone 'gram official with Efron. In fact, the pair isn't even following each other on the platform, nor liking each other's posts. Efron's last post was two days ago and appeared to show the actor lounging on a beachside hammock.
Valladares last posted on July 30, a captionless set of photos that show her similarly enjoying the ocean.
Her IG feed has a beachy, naturalistic aesthetic.
Efron's love of nature was exhibited in his recent Netflix docuseries, Down to Earth with Zac Efron. In the series, he explores different parts of the world in search of sustainable and eco-friendly ways of living. Valladares appears to have a similar naturalistic vibe. She frequently posts photos of the ocean, captures sunlit selfies, and writes captions like: "The river in the sky is aligning for the kings and queens 🌌."
She loves to travel.
When Valladares isn't waiting tables or modeling, she seems to have a passion for traveling. On March 26, she wrote about a planned trip to Africa that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Packed preparing to leave to Africa. My flight was scheduled to take off today, now wake up to a rapidly changing reality... Embrace change. I choose to surrender and continue to be love, observing, growing and expanding. I’m limiting my phone use, gaining knowledge, empowering myself, remaining present. 🤲🏽 Let us lean into this chaotic creative place," she wrote alongside a photo of herself propped on a car.
In 2016, she made a getaway to Indonesia, as previewed on her Instagram.
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