Lily Collins and Zac Efron dating rumors appear to be true! The two were photographed holding hands during an adorable date at Disneyland this week, confirming the romance after weeks of speculation.
Collins and Efron looked smitten on the playful outing, holding hands as they strolled through the park and riding a rollercoaster together. Rumors that Collins and Efron were dating first made headlines earlier this month when they were spotted leaving a Hollywood movie theater together. While the young actors weren’t holding hands in the initial photos, Efron’s coy smile hinted that the relationship was romantic.
Both Collins and Efron have tried to keep their relationship private, with the High School Musical star maintaining he was single despite his date night with Collins. Friends of Collins have likewise claimed that the 24-year-old actress’ relationship with Efron is platonic, but sources at the movie theater witnessed their PDA. “They got very cozy during the date,” the onlooker said.
It’s not the first time Collins and Efron have been romantically linked. In fact, Hollywood's hottest It Girl reportedly dated Efron last summer, but the relationship never took off. “They were never really together, so you could say they split, but they were never an official couple,” a source told E! News. “They hung out a bit, but it was super casual.” While the reason for the stalled relationship remains unclear, it may have been related to Efron’s alleged addiction that he battled during a secret stint in rehab earlier this year.
“He’s healthy, happy and not drinking,” a source said of Vanessa Hudgens’ ex-boyfriend. “He’s taking time to focus on working.” Efron has likely found relief in the fact that Collins shares a similar perspective on sobriety, since the actress doesn’t drink or do drugs for personal reasons. “I didn’t feel the pleasure of drinking or doing drugs,” Collins recently said. “I wanted to remember the fun moments that I had with my friends and not wake up and go, ‘Um, I think I had fun?’”
Efron’s rumored girlfriend has a similarly grounded philosophy when it comes to the media, and she’s previously revealed that she refuses to let the press interfere with her love life. “I’m not one to hide anything, but I don’t need to comment directly on it,” Collins said. “I think it would be a shame not to live in the moment and enjoy everything that’s happening in fear of other people’s opinions.”