An old photo of Kaia Gerber and Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler’s ex, is making fans look twice

Every year seems to bring a new Hollywood It couple, and it’s time for Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber to shine. With Butler bursting onto the screen in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” biopic and Gerber booking modeling gigs left and right, their careers have never been better. Butler and Gerber first debuted as an official couple at the 2022 Met Gala in May, sending shockwaves across the internet — but not all were supportive of the match.

Some commentators criticized the age difference between Butler and Gerber: There is a difference of 10 years between birth years 1991 and 2001. A person on Twitter said“I just found out about the weird age difference between Austin and Kaia and needless to say I don’t support what’s going on here.” This take drew a mixed response, with some agreeing and others viewing the couple as consensual adults defended.

This isn’t the first time Gerber has dated an older star, previously linked to Pete Davidson and Jacob Elordi, but Butler is still the oldest. Still, her famous mom, supermodel Cindy Crawford, seems to agree. Back in January, a source told Page Six that Crawford and Kaia’s father, Rande Gerber, “are supportive of the relationship and just want to see Kaia happy.” Meanwhile, Butler has been spotted with younger women like Lily-Rose Depp and “Elvis” co-star Olivia DeJonge since his split from Vanessa Hudgens in 2020. Now fans have found a surprising connection between Hudgens and Gerber that could reignite the negative chatter.

A young Kaia Gerber met Vanessa Hudgens on the red carpet

A vintage photo from 2007 has been resurfaced of young Kaia Gerber meeting Vanessa Hudgens on the red carpet at the premiere of her Disney Channel film High School Musical 2. The original poster of the image captioned it“His ex meets his new girlfriend,” during a quote tweet added“I’m crying, I thought this was a meme, but it really is Venessa [sic] hudgens meeting kaia gerber pls austin butler is so mean for that.”

Judging by the body language of Hudgens and Gerber in the photo of them shaking hands excitedly, Gerber is more of a young fan meeting her idol than the celebrity she would go on to become. Cindy Crawford is also in the photo, as is Gerber’s brother Presley. Simultaneously shocking, funny and chilling, the long-lost image put the age gap between butler and tanner into perspective for many: “Seeing it like this is so jarring im?)/&2&22”, started a user before complete shorting. Although Gerber is perfectly legal these days, some Butler compared his breakout role as Elvis Presley, who has had relationships with underage girls in the past. “Is nothing but a hound,” cracked Another.

So far, Gerber, Hudgens and Butler have not commented on the viral photo. The original poster tagged them, so there’s a chance they’ll see it — given how long it’s been, they might not even have remembered the interaction until now.

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