Have fans finally been blessed? Are Lily Collins and Zac Efron finally dating?

Rumors that the on-screen couple are in a romantic relationship started blooming earlier this year. Basically, the co-stars appeared in the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film was about Ted Bundy’s life and how his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, had troubling believing that he could be a serial killer.

The High School Musical star and his friend of long time, Collins appeared to be dating with how close they were spotted getting. Apart from the time they spent on set and promoting their movie, they were also seen hanging out together. A source said that Lily was trying to get back together with Zac which could have helped them publicize their project as well.

In the words of the insider, Lily and Zac “have been hanging out loads since filming wrapped, and if Lily has her way, it will continue.” However, the rumors died down when no solid evidence emerged. Then earlier this week, the Love, Rosie actress shared a picture of herself leaning on the back of a man. She captioned the photo, “Always got your back.”

This led people to speculate who the lucky man was. Commenters hoped with all their hearts that Zac was her new boyfriend. One person wrote, “That better be Zac Efron.” Another questioned, “Is this Zac Efron? Are you guys finally blessing the world with this union?”

“I swear if this isn’t Zac Efron,” typed yet another fan. So, is Lily Collins finally together with Efron? Unfortunately, this is not the case. The back of said man in the picture was of Charlie McDowell with whom she has explored the city of love itself.

The first sign that it was the 36-year-old director in the picture was his comment that had a scooter emoji. Lily later made their relationship Instagram official when she shared a clear snap of his to her Instagram story and wrote alongside it, “When he’s only just left but it feels like forever… I miss you.” Previously, McDowell has dated Emilia Clarke and Rooney Mara.

As for Zac Efron, the 30-year-old actress was first linked to him in 2012. Though it is believed they were in a romantic affair for a short while, they never went official. The rumored couple were revealed to be just hanging out super casually.

At that time, an insider told E! News, “They were never really together, so you could say they split, but they were never an official couple.” Looks like this wish of fans for Zac Efron and Lily Collins being together is never going to be fulfilled.

Either way, It’s great to know that they have managed to maintain their friendship for a long time now and even greater to have seen them together in a movie.