Are Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler headed for a split because his role in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic is taking up all of his time? That's the story in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can confirm it's total nonsense.
According to Star, the couple of eight years are having problems as a result of Butler's starring role in Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis biopic. "Austin signed his soul away," an unnamed "pal" tells the magazine. "He'll be committed to the project for up to a full year, not to mention months of choreography and prep ahead of the filming in Australia."
The tabloid further alleges that Hudgens is starting to feel less important to the actor after scoring the lead in the Elvis project, in addition to his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. "She doesn't begrudge Austin's desire for success," adds the questionable source, "but everybody's worried Austin's big break is going to be the last straw for them as a couple."
For starters, the basis of this story doesn't make much sense. Shooting on Luhrmann's Elvis movie isn't scheduled until early next year, so Butler obviously isn't dedicating all of his time to the project just yet. The film is still in pre-production, so the tabloid is just inaccurately guessing the length of time it will take to film the movie.
For comparison's sake, Luhrmann's last film, The Great Gatsby, was filmed between September and December 2011, with a few reshoots in January 2012. Prior to that, he managed to film the Nicole Kidman/Hugh Jackman film Australia in five months, despite setbacks from mudslides, heat waves and equine flu. Luhrmann's a detail-oriented, but highly efficient director, so to imply that the Elvis movie will bog down Butler's life for more than a year is coming out of left field.
Still, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who confirms that the magazine's report is false. Both Hudgens and Butler have had busy careers during their eight years together, and their schedules haven't caused issues between them in the past. Meanwhile, Hudgens herself posted the news of Butler's casting as Elvis on Instagram, calling herself over the moon and "so proud of my honey."
It must also be mentioned, Hudgens and Butler frequently flaunt their love on social media. Just a few weeks ago, Hudgens made an Instagram post wishing Butler a happy birthday and calling him her "everything." Those are hardly the words of someone who's at a "breaking point" in their relationship.
Of course, the gossip media has proven to have little insight into the couple's romance. Back in 2017, Gossip Cop called out HollywoodLife for falsely claiming Hudgens and Butler were engaged. The two are going strong but they're not headed down the aisle yet. The tabloids simply don't know much about their lives on or off the set.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.