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Vanessa Hudgens reveals pregnancy on Oscars red carpet

Vanessa Hudgens has revealed that she is pregnant on the 2024 Oscars red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

While co-hosting ABC’s Countdown to Oscars: On the Red Carpet Live!, the 34-year-old Princess Switch star debuted her baby bump in a body-hugging, black turtleneck Vera Wang Couture gown. The mom-to-be accessorised the look with a Chopard white gold necklace with a 10.06-carat pear-shaped yellow diamond and 29.88 carats of diamonds and matching diamond earrings and diamond rings from the brand’s Haute Joaillerie Collection.

The red carpet confirmation comes amid Hudgens denying pregnancy rumours as far as October 2023. Internet users began speculating that she was pregnant after she shared pictures from her bachelorette trip to Aspen.

At the time, one user wrote: “Why does she look pregnant to me or like she’s trying to hide a bump,” prompting the High School Musical alum to reply: “Not pregnant so y’all can stop.”

This will be the actor’s first child with her husband, Colorado Rockies baseball player Cole Tucker, with who she tied the knot in December 2023 in a ceremony with 100 of their friends and family in Tulum, Mexico. She met Tucker through a Zoom meditation seminar hosted by Joe Jonas during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Later that year, in November, the pair were spotted holding hands, and the following year, they made their relationship social media official.

“I got a girlfriend and she’s cool. She’s awesome, I love her,” he revealed to reporters while at spring training for his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. “But 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. She’ll be around. You will see her, but you saw the headline, it is what it is.”

In December 2022, the pair got engaged after two years of dating, with Hudgens commemorating the happy news with an Instagram post of her diamond ring.

“I knew,” the actor admitted in an April 2023 interview with Today. “After our first weekend together, I called my sister and was like: ‘I think I just found my future husband.’”

Hudgens has always wanted to be a mother, admitting to Nylon in September 2022 that when she was younger she thought she was going to get married and have children earlier.

“I always thought I would be married at 25, because that’s when my mom got married, and then when that didn’t happen, I was like: ‘Oh, okay, so we’re just going to shift everything back a bit,’” she told the outlet. “I always thought that around 36, 37 is when I would want to have kids, and that still plays. I don’t feel panicked about it.”

Before marrying Tucker, Hudgens famously dated High School Musical costar Zac Efron from 2006 to 2010, and later dated Dune Part 2 star Austin Butler for nine years before calling it quits in January 2020.