Vanessa Hudgens reacts to ex Austin Butler’s ‘Elvis’ accent

Vanessa Hudgens is “crying” over her ex Austin Butler’s viral Elvis Presley accent.

On Thursday, Ryan Scott shared an Instagram post, which featured a Page Six article about Butler’s viral cadence.

“He went to the Lady Gaga school of Oscar campaign acting,” Scott captioned the post, catching Hudgens’ attention.

“Crying,” the “High School Musical” alum wrote in the comments section.

Scott was seemingly poking fun at the “Just Dance” singer’s Italian accent from the 2021 film “House of Gucci,” which many believed had an Eastern European flair.

Hudgens’ reaction was prompted after the “Elvis” actor’s voice coach said his new accent might be here to stay.

A screenshot of Vanessa Hudgens' Instagram comment.
“Crying,” she wrote.

“What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that’s him. It’s genuine, it’s not put on,” Irene Bartlett told ABC Gold Coast after Butler was dragged for still sounding like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during his acceptance speech.

“I feel sorry people are saying that, you know, it’s still acting [but] he’s actually taken [the voice of Presley] on board.”

Hudgens, 34, and Butler, 31, dated for almost a decade, during which time the “Spring Breakers” actor suggested her then-boyfriend should play Presley on screen.

Vanessa Hudgens at an event.
This is the first time Hudgens has said anything about her ex’s accent since the film came out in 2022.
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“Last December, we were driving along and we were listening to Christmas music, and then an Elvis Presley Christmas song came on,” Hudgens said during a 2019 appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“He had just dyed his hair dark. He’s a natural blond, and I was looking at him and he was singing along and I was like, ‘Babe, you need to play Elvis.’”

A still of Austin Butler in the Elvis Presley biopic.
Butler took home a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the rock legend.
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Butler recently made headlines after referring to Hudgens as a “friend” while retelling the story on the Hollywood Reporter’s “Actors Roundtable” earlier this month.

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

“A couple of weeks later, I was playing the piano,” he continued.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler on the red carpet.
The duo dated for almost 10 years before splitting in 2020.

“I never really sang for any of my friends or anything. That same friend was there and I was playing the piano. She said, ‘I’m serious. You gotta figure out how you can get the rights to a script.’ Then my agent called and said, ‘So, Baz Luhrmann is making an Elvis film.’”

Butler and Hudgens were first linked at fellow Disney Channel alum Ashley Tisdale’s sister’s birthday in 2011 and dated until January 2020.

Butler has since moved on with model Kaia Gerber, who was on hand to celebrate with a smooch when he won the 2023 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the “Hound Dog” singer.

Hudgens, for her part, has been loved up with MLB star Cole Tucker since 2020.

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