Vanessa Hudgens gives birth to first baby with husband Cole Tucker: ‘Happy and healthy’

Vanessa Hudgens is a mom!

The “High School Musical” actress and her MLB shortstop husband Cole Tucker were seen leaving a hospital in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday, according to photos published by Daily Mail, Page Six and TMZ.

Wednesday was also Tucker’s 28th birthday.

On Thursday, Hudgens, 35, confirmed the arrival of her child and slammed paparazzi for violating their privacy.

“We’re disappointed that our family’s privacy was disrespected and exploited during this very special time fueled by the greed of a long lens camera feeding the media,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Despite all of that, mom dad and baby are happy and healthy.”

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The “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” actress revealed her pregnancy on the Oscars red carpet in March. The co-host of ABC’s “Countdown to Oscars: On the Red Carpet Live!” turned heads in a black turtleneck evening gown by Vera Wang Haute as she held her belly, thanking celebrities who offered congratulations.

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Hudgens for comment. The baby’s sex, name and birth date are currently unknown.

Vanessa Hudgens reveals baby bumpon Oscars red carpet

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Hudgens did not share a pregnancy announcement but did send sweet birthday wishes to her husband, writing “Happy birthday to my slice of heaven @cotuck 🥳 you make the world a brighter place just by being you ♥️🤟🏽.”

Vanessa Hudgens, Cole Tucker were married in December

The red-carpet surprise pregnancy announcement came just three months after the pair tied the knot in a private ceremony in December, according to Vogue and Hudgens’ wedding dress designer, Vera Wang.

“It was genuinely the most magical weekend of my life,” Hudgens later told the outlet. “I am so grateful that we got to have a private wedding, and it helped that I took everyone’s phones away.”

She added, “It was amazing because at the dinner; I would look around and everyone was talking to each other—our family and friend groups coming together and creating real relationships that I know they’re going to invest real time into. Seeing that and bringing everyone together and celebrating us, it was just so magical.

“Literally talking about it right now, I’m getting teary-eyed. I couldn’t have dreamt it to be any better. I knew it was going to be magical, but it exceeded my expectations.”

The “Spring Breakers” star wed the Los Angeles Angels player in a custom Vera Wang Haute dress, a light ivory slip dress with a plunging back. She paired the dress with a light ivory tulle veil with custom embroidery that read, “Mrs. T December 2nd, 2023” in gothic font.

Their wedding was a “High School Musical” reunion. The ceremony was attended by a slew of Hollywood stars, including Hudgens’ former “HSM” co-star Monique Coleman.

When did Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker start dating?

The couple has been going strong since first sparking dating rumors in 2020. The “High School Musical” star and former Colorado Rockies player made things Instagram official on Valentine’s Day 2021 and announced their engagement almost exactly a year later.

Tucker proposed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

“I was very surprised. I dropped a hint that that would be the ideal place, but kind of forgot about it because I didn’t want to have any expectations on the trip,” Hudgens told Vogue following their nuptials. “I just wanted to enjoy it for what it was, and he caught me completely off guard.”

Contributing: Taijuan Moorman and KiMi Robinson

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