Vanessa Hudgens made a shady comment about ex Austin Butler’s post-Elvis Voice Change on Instagram

Vanessa Hudgens kept quiet last week then her ex-boyfriend of nine years Austin Butler referred to her as a “friend” on social media. Those two broke up in January 2020 while Butler was filming Elvis and now dating other people (Butler with Kaia Gerber and Hudgens with Cole Tucker).

But today, Hudgens finally felt ready to publicly share her opinion on Butler’s much-discussed voice change — and yes, it was shady.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler in July 2019.

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Butler still talks in his Elvis accent, stuff like that has confused the public. Instagram user Ryan Scott suggested on the platform that Butler’s decision to speak out like that is part of his awards season campaign to win over voters. “He went to Lady Gaga school for campaign acting,” Scott wrote, sharing a tweet from Page six citing an interview his vocal coach gave about his accent.

“Crying,” Hudgens commented. She also liked Instagram for good measure.

Vanessa Hudgens' comment on Instagram

Vanessa Hudgens’ comment on the Instagram in question.


When the couple were dating, Hudgens was an enthusiastic supporter of Butler’s pursuit of the Elvis role. During a 2019 Lives with Kelly and Ryan interview, she said: “Last December we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music and then an Elvis Presley Christmas carol came on. He had just dyed his hair dark. He’s a natural blonde… and I looked at him and he sang along, and I was like, “Babe, you’re going to play Elvis.” Then in January, he was sitting at the piano. And he’s playing, and he’s singing, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know how, but you’ve got to figure out how you can 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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That same month, their breakup was reported, an interview Hudgens did with Cosmo UK came out where she talked about their relationship pre-split. “It’s eight years this year – FaceTime, good communication, respect and trust [are what keep us going]” she said then. “The longest we’ve been apart was four months. It stinks! You start to hate hearing yourself say ‘I miss you’. But if it’s your person, you make it work.”

Butler spoke along GQ in May 2022 about his breakup with Hudgens, but he kept his comments very vague. “Life is full of change and you have to find a way to constantly evolve and grow,” he said.

They no longer follow each other on Instagram.

Regarding Butler’s vote change, he explained backstage at the Golden Globes: “I had three years where [the role] was my only focus in life, so I’m sure there will always be pieces of my DNA that will always be connected that way.”

His vocal coach, Dr. Irene Bartlett told ABC Gold Coast this week, via Entertainment tonight“I’m sorry people say it’s still acting [but] he is actually taken [the voice] on board. I don’t know how long it will last or if it will be there forever.”

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Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees celebrity and royal coverage (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She has previously held positions at With style and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.

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