INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, Austin Butler, have been dating since 2011. The two make an adorable couple, as seen here:

Cuore mio @austinbutler

1.9m Likes, 7,937 Comments - Vanessa Hudgens (@vanessahudgens) on Instagram: "Cuore mio @austinbutler"


But when Hudgens took to social media to post a selfie recently, her fans instantly zeroed in on a ring she was sporting on *that* finger and speculated about whether the performer and Butler were now engaged.

The shot features Vanessa Hudgens donning a short bob, wearing a fur coat, and smiling into a mirror. It was captioned, “and then THIS happened” with a few scissor emojis, which seemed to indicate a dramatic haircut. And yet, commenters zeroed in on the star’s ring finger, wondering if there was more to the caption than just the new look.

In fact, the rumors swirled so intensely that Hudgens had to clarify a few things about the photo. She explained that she “threw the ring” on that finger after a long day of shooting, and truly did post the picture solely to highlight her new hair.


We want to believe you, Vanessa, but somehow we think you’re playing us and Austin really did pop the question! That definitely looks like an engagement ring to us…


Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.