As fans know, that’s not the only common bond between Ashley and Austin: They also have a shared connection to Vanessa Hudgens. After all, Ashley has been besties with the actress since the two co-starred in 2006’s High School Musical, while Austin dated Vanessa for almost nine years before calling it quits in early 2020.
In August 2021, Ashley reflected on her 15-year friendship with Austin in a birthday tribute, writing on Instagram, “I am beyond proud of you and everything you’re accomplishing but most importantly proud of the person you are.”
“You’ve been my closest friend through the years,” she continued. “You’re the type of friend that came over when I was crying on the floor from a horrible breakup and not only lifted me off the ground but brought my favorite candy.”
Praising Austin for embracing her husband Christopher French “like a brother,” Ashley added, “There’s no one like you Austin, you’re my twin born 7 years later.”
See Ashley’s episode of Ancestry’s 2 Lies & A Leaf, out Nov. 15, on YouTube.