Last week, The National Enquirer reported saucy images of the 18-year-old singer/actress had been taken from her possession.
After the images began appearing on the Internet on this week, Hudgens’ representative released a statement confirming their authenticity.
The rep says, “It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public. This was a photo which was taken privately.”
The photo features Hudgens in the nude standing beside a bed in either a bedroom or film set.
The California-born actress is dating her “High School Musical” costar Zac Efron.
Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born on December 14, 1988; her younger sister, Stella Hudgens, is also an actress. She has been home-schooled since after her seventh-grade year at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Her parents are Greg Hudgens, an American and Gina Guangco, a Filipina. In regards to her ethnic background, Vanessa was quoted:
“Pretty much I’m Filipino and Caucasian, but within that, I’m Spanish, Chinese, American Indian, Irish,” says Vanessa.
Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of “Carousel,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King and I,” “The Music Man,” and “Cinderella,” among others. Hudgens successfully auditioned for a commercial and subsequently moved to Los Angeles with her family, with whom she is still close.