If you were a fan of The Carrie Diaries you probably had a crush on Austin Butler well before he shot to fame as Elvis. It’s hard to remember a time before he took on the crooner’s signature tone to prepare for the role of a lifetime, but Butler has actually been acting since he was 13 years old, and appeared in both critically acclaimed films and kid’s television shows. Because of this lengthy film and television career, he’s dated some pretty famous women over the years — some long-term relationships, others short, rumored flings.
Austin Butler is a very private man, so besides his longer relationships we don’t have a lot of confirmation around his dating history. However, if the rumors are to be believed, Butler has had some pretty interesting relationships — from co-star flings to daughters of supermodels.
Vanessa Hudgens: 2011 – 2020
Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler dated for almost 10 years, and it’s the Elvis star’s longest relationship to date. They were first spotted on a date in late 2011, attending a 30th birthday in Hollywood for Ashley Tisdale‘s sister, Jennifer, a year after Hudgens public split from High School Musical co-star Zac Efron. Both stars kept the relationship under wraps for several years, but in 2014 Hudgens made it Instagram-official.
Hudgens and Butler seemed happy for years, although they did long distance relationship stints from time to time. When asked by Women’s Health in 2018 how they kept their love solid, Hudgens said, ““We both respect, trust and admire each other. It’s so solid now because I feel strong as an independent woman. I am very self-reliant, but it’s nice to have a best friend you can share victories with as well as losses.”
In the end it was distance that reportedly ended their relationship, which was announced in early 2020. Just recently, Vanessa Hudgens announced her engagement to baseball player Cole Tucker, who she has been dating since late 2020.
While the ex’s seem to have moved on, some drama resurfaced in early 2023 as Austin Butler did the press rounds for Elvis. Back in 2019, Hudgens talked about encouraging her then-boyfriend to do the film in the first place. Speaking on Live With Kelly and Ryan, she said “he had just dyed his hair dark — he’s a natural blonde — and I was looking at him and he was singing along and I was like, ‘Babe, you need to play Elvis.'”
However in January 2023, Butler told the same story — but credited Hudgens as “a friend.” “I was with a friend of mine and I was singing along, and my friend kind of looked over at me and goes, ‘You gotta play Elvis,’” he said at the Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable.
Olivia DeJonge: 2020
According to plenty of unconfirmed rumors, Austin Butler and his Elvis co-star Olivia DeJonge had a fling during the filming of the Luhrmann flick, and were allegedly spotted looking romantically involved at a movie theater.
This wouldn’t be entirely unbelievable given Butler’s deep commitment to the role — he famously perfected, and retained Elvis’ deep baritone voice on red carpets and in interviews, and still speaks in the deep tone today. However, did Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge date, or was it all method acting to immerse themselves in their character’s relationship?
Whatever the case, the rumors ended by the end of the year.
Lily-Rose Depp: 2021
By 2021 new dating rumors were circling around Austin Butler, after he was snapped kissing model and actress Lily-Rose Depp in London. Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis, had just split up with her boyfriend Timothée Chalamet the previous year.
While Depp and Butler would have made a pretty incredible couple, it doesn’t seem like this relationship was anything more than a short fling. The two weren’t sighted together again, and Depp went on to meet her current boyfriend, rapper Yassine Stein.
Kaia Gerber: 2021 – present
Shortly after his hook up with Lily-Rose Depp, Butler met Kaia Gerber, daughter of another famous supermodel, Cindy Crawford. They were first seen together exiting a yoga class in December 2021, a month after Gerber and Jacob Elordi had announced their break up. E! then reported that Gerber and Butler spent Valentine’s Day together in London, and by March 2022 they were making it official at their first red carpet appearance as a couple, W Magazine‘s pre-Oscars party.
In May the same year, Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber attended the Met Gala in New York together, posing for plenty of pictures and sharing sweet romantic moments on the red carpet. It was a particularly awkward year for both stars — Butler’s ex Vanessa Hudgens was in attendance, as was Gerber’s ex Jacob Elordi. Since then, the couple have been very public with their relationship, kissing at Cannes Film Festival and celebrating Butler’s win at the Golden Globes backstage.
Will Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber make another couple appearance on the 2023 Oscars red carpet? Considering they were snapped walking their dog only days ago, it’s almost certain — and with Butler tipped to win Best Actor, it’s likely they’ll be celebrating, too.