Mar 10, 2016 04:48 AM EST By Maria Cabrera

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens Romance: Ex-Lover's Best Years Together

The actress and singer, 26, opened up about the jealousy she felt while dating her High School Musical sweetheart, 27, who was bombarded with female attention.

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  • People magazine said in 2007 that Efron and Vanessa Hudgens began dating in 2005 during the filming of High School Musical,although Us magazine said, after the two broke up in December 2010, that they "met in 2005 while making the first High School Musical flick, and became a romantic item about two years later."

    The couple became a frequent target for the media, and in turn the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a "household name" in the US. They ended their relationship in December 2010.

    The actress and singer, 26, opened up about the jealousy she felt while dating her High School Musical sweetheart, 27, who was bombarded with female attention.

    "I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up," Hudgens revealed in a New York Times article Sunday.

    "Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares. Then I realized that's not what that's about," she continued.

    But the Gimme Shelter actress has a new golden rule to live by when it comes to respecting those around her: "Spread the love, be a good person, they support you, be nice," she said.
  • Actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens attend a Q&A session with the cast and producers of the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment's 'High School Musical' at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on May 2006 in Hollywood, Ca.
  • Zac and Vanessa arrive at the DVD premiere of Disney's 'High School Musical 2' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 2007 in Los Angeles, Ca. The red carpet DVD premiere benefited the Teen Impact Program at the Children's Hospital in LA.
  • Zac and Vanessa arrives at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Ca.
  • Vanessa and Zac arrive at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Vanessa and Zac arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 2009 in Beverly Hills, Ca.
  • Vanessa and Zac arrive at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 2009 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Zac and Vanessa arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'Watchmen' at the Chinese Theater on March 2009 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Vanessa and Zac attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz at the Staples Center on April 2009 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Zac and Vanessa attend the inaugural St. Jude Children's Hospital's 'Estrellas Por La Vida' gala on April 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Along with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, some of the original cast members may be absent from High School Musical 4.
  • Zac and Vanessa arrive at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios in Universal City, Ca.
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