Once upon a time, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens — also known as #Zanessa — were the ultimate Disney Channel power couple. They met and fell for each other on set of High School Musical while playing Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez. Eventually the actors took their love from the screen to real life.

The Princess Switch star explained in April 2019 that her romance with The Greatest Showman actor was pretty important during that time in her life.

“It started off really organically,” she said. “I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time. … It was this massive phenomenon and [all] eyes were on me. And it’s just a really weird foreign thing to go through, and by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded, and I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.”

Vanessa also revealed on the The Zach Sang Show in 2017 that she has zero regrets about her time as a Wildcat, and that includes her romance with her former costar.

“[HSM] is like home videos almost for the entire world to watch, except not, because it’s way more coordinated and put together more than a home video would ever be, but I’m like a baby [in it],” she explained. “Everything that I’ve done career-wise, personal-life-wise, has gotten me to be the person that I am today and I love the person that I am today so I wouldn’t change a thing. The hard things, the happy things, the fun things, everything has really molded me and I’m really grateful for all it.”

Zac and Vanessa were together for five years before they shocked the world and called it quits in 2010.

“It [was] nothing dramatic,” a source told E! News at the time of their breakup. “There [was] no third party involved.”

Another insider added, “They were together for so long. It just ran its course.”

Following their long-term love, both parties have since moved on and started other relationships. But where do they stand now? J-14 decided to investigate and find out! Scroll through our gallery to take a walk down memory lane and relive Zac and Vanessa’s love story from start to finish.

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