A complete timeline of Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber’s relationship

Elvis star Austin Butler was first romantically linked to Kaia Gerber in late 2021, but they’ve been getting a lot of attention lately as Butler’s award-winning performance in the rock star’s biopic has increased his visibility.

Part of people’s interest is the couple’s previous romances. Gerber dated Euphoria star Jacob Elordi for a year before splitting in September 2020; she has also been linked to Pete Davidson. Her relationship with Elordi ended about a month before she was linked to Butler. The 21-year-old has a busy life as an actress and model and takes after her mother, supermodel Cindy Crawford, which has made certain relationships difficult.

In an interview about her romantic past with VogueGerber said, “I found myself in situations where I was, like, I don’t really have the life experience that I need to handle this. You know, I did fashion month, but I was so young that I only had kissed one person. I never had a high school boyfriend or anything.”

She added that she ended up dating “older people” because that’s who she was surrounded by in the fashion world. Davidson was 26 when he dated 18-year-old Gerber in 2020.

“I was put in situations where one day I would wake up and say, ‘How did I get here? I have no idea what I’m doing and I need help,'” she explained. “And it was great to be able to ask for that help. That’s what real growing up means, not being afraid to ask.”

Butler was in a relationship with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens for nine years, and they were officially reported as being over in January 2020. The 31-year-old actor has said that Hudgens was a big influence on his career and encouraged him to go after the role of Elvis Presley – although the distance while he was filming was apparently a major obstacle in their relationship. The two’s romance ended while he was working on the project.

“I was actually driving up through Griffith Park and Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’ came on,” the 31-year-old actor shared. Vogue in April 2022. “I sang along when my friend had some kind of epiphany: ‘You’re going to play Elvis.'”

The friend in that story was apparently Hudgens.

Here’s the complete timeline of Butler and Gerber’s romance.

December 2021

The first rumors that the couple were together began when they were seen attending a yoga class together in December 2021. A source told Us Weekly at the time, “They’re low-key dating. It’s still very new.

He was too seen on December 8 at Celine’s fashion show, where Gerber walked the runway at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. He was photographed with some of Gerber’s family, including Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.

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A source said People that they spent a lot of time together before the holidays, adding: “She seems really happy. All her friends think he’s really cute.”

February 2022

The couple used Valentine’s Day together in London.

March 2022

The new couple love to travel together and went to Paris right after Paris Fashion Week, according to Daily Mail. Later, they made their first public appearance at a major event they attended W magazines pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles. They didn’t walk the red carpet together, though was seen together on the way out.

April 2022

Gerber and Butler were photographed holding hands on a date in Malibu at a farmer’s market, the most couple-y activity imaginable.

May 2022

They finally made their red carpet debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his 2022 Met Gala. The theme of the night was the Gilded Age, and Gerber wore a metallic gown by Alexander McQueen and Butler wore a black Prada suit. They look totally in love with each other all night.

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Later that month, Gerber attended the premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Elvis.

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They were then photographed smooching backstage.

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Also in May, Butler was asked about his relationship in a GQ interview, and replied, “I don’t think there’s anything I want to share about it. But thanks for the space.”

July 2022

Gerber’s tattoo of the words “I know” on her wrist apparently showed that she made a guest appearance in Butler’s photo shoot forVMAN 49’s Autumn-Winter 2022 edition. In the black-and-white photos, her arms are draped around her neck, though she hides the rest of her from the camera lens.

August 2022

More people began to notice the stark 10-year age difference between Butler and Gerber. A 2007 photo of Gerber with his former flame, Vanessa Hudgens, went viral. It depicted them meeting under one High School Musical 2 red carpet, Hudgens a young adult and Gerber a child.


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December 2022

Butler and Gerber enjoyed a pre-New Year’s vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with her parents — Rande Gerber and Crawford — and her brother, Presley Gerber. Earlier this month, it was reported that Kaia supported Butler as he made his Saturday Night Live host debut.

January 2023

Butler won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 2023 Golden Globes, and Gerber was there for her big win. But his official date for the night was his older sister Ashley.

“I’m taking my sister,” he said Entertainment tonight. The decision was “tough, [but] she is my only sister, so it will be nice to be with her.”

Before the event, Gerber and Butler enjoyed W and Louis Vuitton’s pre-Golden Globes dinner together, an insider at the event said Page six that the couple was “cuddled up in the corner”. The two were also seen “making out” backstage at the Golden Globes, per Page six.

Around this time, Butler’s accent was noted by fans as being quite different from his voice before-Elvis. This is where he told the infamous story about Hudgens urging him to go for the role while at The Hollywood Reporters round table.

“The month before I heard that Baz [Luhrmann] was making the movie, I was going to look at Christmas lights with a friend,” he said. “And there was an Elvis Christmas carol on the radio and I was singing along, and my friend looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to play Elvis.’ I said, ‘Oh, that’s such a long shot’.”

“A few weeks later I was playing the piano,” he continued. “I never really sang for any of my friends or anything. The same friend was there and I was playing the piano. She said, ‘I’m serious. You have to figure out how to get the rights to a script. .’ Then my agent called and said, ‘So Baz Luhrmann is doing an Elvis movie’.”

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Hudgens told essentially the same story Staying with Kelly and Ryan in 2019, when the two were still together.

“Last December we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music and then an Elvis Presley Christmas carol came on,” Hudgens said. “He had just dyed his hair dark. He’s a natural blonde… and I looked at him and he was singing along and I was like, “Babe, you’re going to play Elvis.” Then in January he sat at the piano. And he’s playing and he’s singing and I’m like, ‘I don’t know how, but you have to figure out how to play Elvis. I don’t know how we’re going to get the rights or what we’re doing, but you have to play him.”

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Hudgens is currently dating basketball star Cole Tucker, and most assumed she wasn’t particularly salty about Butler’s success or his new relationship. But then Instagram user Ryan Scott made a joke about Butler’s Presley new lilt, insinuating that he’s wearing it to warm up voters at the awards show.

“He went to Lady Gaga school for campaign acting,” Scott wrote along with a tweet from Page six about Butler’s vocal coach giving about his accent.

Hudgens quickly liked the post, then commented, “Crying.”

Presumably she means crying-laughing.

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Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.

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