Cole Tucker continues to gush over his No. 1 fan: girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.
The actress and the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder have been linked since November 2020, and they went Instagram official on Valentine's Day. During a spring training media session, Cole was asked about his burgeoning romance.
"I got a girlfriend and she's cool," he said. "She's awesome — I love her."
Still, Cole didn't want his love life to overshadow what he does on the baseball field.
"I don't want it to be, 'Oh, Cole's dating Vanessa…,' I don't want it to be treated any differently than Mitch [Keller] having his wife down or Ke'Bryan [Hayes] having his girlfriend come down. She's great," he said. "She'll be around. You will see her but you saw the headline, it is what it is."
Vanessa was first seen cuddling with the baseball stud during a date in Los Angeles. Paparazzi photos showed Vanessa, 32, and Cole, 24, holding hands and embracing following a romantic dinner. Soon, they were consistently commenting on each other's social media and "liking" each other's pictures.
On Feb. 14, the "High School Musical" actress confirmed the relationship, sharing an Instagram photo of the duo kissing.
"It's you, it's me, it's us," she captioned the image.
Cole posted a different image with Vanessa that same day.
Vanessa replied, "Melted."