The signs Zac Efron is set to propose to girlfriend Vanessa Valladares on his 33rd birthday this weekend – from scoping out property in Byron Bay to saying he’s ‘done with Hollywood’
Hollywood star Zac Efron will turn 33 on Sunday.
And the rumour mill is spinning with speculation that he’ll celebrate his birthday by proposing to his Australian girlfriend, Vanessa Valladares.
The couple have remained suspiciously quiet for the past few weeks as the Baywatch star settles into life Down Under.
A $22 million Byron Bay mansion, romantic ski trip and saying he’s ‘done’ with Hollywood: The signs Zach Efron is set for a birthday proposal to his new model girlfriend Vanessa Valladares
Zac and Vanessa have both been MIA on Instagram while focusing on their relationship, with neither posting anything since early September.
Despite this, it’s believed they have been putting down roots in Byron Bay – the coastal NSW town where Vanessa, 25, used to work as a waitress.
Zac was rumoured to be the mystery buyer of a record-breaking $22million mansion near Wategos Beach earlier this month.
Is she the one? Zac and Vanessa have both been MIA on Instagram, with both the Hollywood star and the Byron Bay model not posting anything since early September.
The property features five bedrooms, a heated infinity pool, a wine cellar, and steps down to the famous beach.
The couple were also spotted last month at various celebrity hotspots in Sydney, including the Catalina restaurant in Rose Bay.
In September, they were spotted looking loved-up while hitting the slopes at the Thredbo ski resort, 500km from Sydney.
Record breaker: The couple’s rumoured love nest is one of Byron Bay’s premier properties, with beating out Thor actor Chris Hemsworth’s incredible $20 million mansion at Broken Head
While some might think a proposal is far-fetched, Zac has hinted that he wants a change in lifestyle after years in the Hollywood bubble.
Speaking on his Netflix documentary Down to Earth, the heartthrob said during a trip to Sardinia that he had to ‘get out’ of Los Angeles.
‘I’ve got to get out of Hollywood, I’m done. It’s not a place conducive to living a long, happy, mentally-sound life,’ he said intensely.
Time to go: ‘I gotta get out of Hollywood, I’m done. It’s not a place conducive to living a long, happy, mentally-sound life,’ Zac said on his documentary, Down To Earth
Zac said it was difficult to make a life as an actor, and hinted that he was ready to leave it all behind.
‘The nature of being an actor or being in the public eye, sort of leads to isolation at times,’ he said. ‘I currently have a roommate but sometimes it’s hard to go out.’
Zac was reportedly introduced to Vanessa in July by her boss at the Byron Bay General Store café.
Together: Zac was introduced to Vanessa by her boss after working as a waitress in Byron Bay
A source told People at the time that Zac was ‘having fun’ with his new girlfriend.
‘You can tell that they are having fun. She spends a lot of time at this house,’ the insider said.
The U.S. star has been living in Byron Bay since March, and is said to be ‘riding out’ the coronavirus pandemic in Australia.
Slice of paradise: The High School Musical star has been residing in Byron Bay since March amid the coronavirus pandemic
He reportedly extended his tourist visa from three to 12 months after meeting Vanessa, and had initially only planned to stay in the country briefly.
Zac has spoken before about wanting to get married, telling NW magazine in 2016 that he definitely saw it in his future.
‘Sure. I hope so,’ he said. ‘I’ve still got time, I think. I’ve not given up yet.’
Marriage on the cards: ‘Sure. I hope so,’ Zac said about marriage in NW magazine in 2016. ‘I’ve still got time, I think. I’ve not given up yet.’ Pictured: Zac in LA, 2019
In the same interview, he did acknowledge that ‘moving around’ made it tough for him to maintain a long-term relationship.
‘It can be tough. As an actor, you’re always moving. It’s hard to commit to a relationship if you can’t be 100 per cent there for that person,’ he said.
Zac previously dated actress Vanessa Hudgens from 2005 to 2010 after meeting on set of High School Musical. His other exes include Lily Collins and Halston Sage.
History: Zac previously dated fellow former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens from 2005 to 2010. He’s also dated actresses Lily Collins and Halston Sage. Here: LA, 2010