Vanessa Hudgens Insists She's Single, Isn't Dating Josh Hutcherson

by Jeni Sue Birnbaum

"I'm single," Vanessa Hudgens declared during her appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday. Vanessa was on to discuss her upcoming movie "Sucker Punch," but the conversation quickly moved to the starlet's love life.

When asked about her previous long-term relationship with "High School Musical" co-star and heartthrob Zac Efron, Vanessa replied, "We’re good… After being in a relationship with someone that long, you stay friends." Hey! Weirder things have happened.

Rumors have been swirling that VHud is on the rebound with her "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" co-star and hottie Josh Hutcherson (hello, sexy motorcycle date!), but when Ellen probed about her potential new relationship, Vanessa played coy. "Can’t a girl have friends?" she asked. "Awww, I love him. We just did a movie together and we had the best time."

Sure Vanessa, a girl can have "boy friends"—but are "friends" seen kissing at movie premieres? A theatergoer witnessed Josh giving Vanessa a kiss the first moment she appeared on screen at the "Sucker Punch" premiere last night, according to Hollywood Life. We don’t want to speak too soon, but maybe a new hybrid couple name is in order. Janessa? Vosh?

Do you think Vanessa and Josh are an item? Do you have a suggestion for a couple nickname? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!