Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
The day before young starlet Vanessa Hudgens rang in her 22nd birthday Tuesday, she and Zac Efron, her boyfriend of four years, announced their separation. The pair took their romance on Disney Channel’s hit
High School Musical
franchise off-screen in 2006 and remained the tween world’s iconic couple until Monday, when they announced their separation. “They are 100 percent still good friends,” a source told
, with another insider telling
“There’s no drama. No one cheated. They just grew up.” In June, however, Hudgens looked back on their relationship and told
, “Right off the bat, we had a connection… I think that we inspire each other. [I love] having someone to grow with.” But in August, Efron’s comments may have hinted he wasn’t happy. Though he told
their relationship is “real” and “exactly how it should be,” he added, “Believe me, I rack my brain thinking, 'Why am I not out there playing the field?'” And now he can.