• Vanessa Hudgens won 'The Masked Singer'
  • It meant a new sense of self for her
  • THIS is what she told the fans after

After winning the competition as the mysterious "Goldfish" on May 22, Hudgens reveals the unexpected emotional depth of her experience and the freedom she found in anonymity. The actress won 'The Masked Singer' on Wednesday night, admitting that although it was hard to keep everything behind the scenes quiet, she loved performing behind the mask.

A Ride of Empowerment!

"It was definitely quite the ride," Hudgens exclaimed, reflecting on her victory. The star, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Cole Tucker, a professional baseball player, found a unique sense of liberation behind her "Goldfish" mask.

"I’ve been in the spotlight for many, many moons now, and there’s just a preconceived idea, I think, when you see yourself on stage, that you’re familiar with," she said.

"And being able to take that away and be completely stripped of that and show up as myself and feel completely free to do so, because I was completely covered up really just gave me a sense of freedom that I hadn’t had in a minute. And it was really empowering." Hudgens shared with 'Entertainment Tonight'.

The decision to join the Fox singing competition came at the urging of her fans, who wanted to hear more of Hudgens' vocal talent. "It came at the perfect time," she said, amidst a career pause, allowing her to dive into a project that was both fulfilling and perfectly timed.

Her final performance of Elton John’s "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me" left audiences in awe, proving Hudgens' versatility and passion for music.

A Message for the Future

Beyond the competition, Hudgens looks forward to sharing her 'Masked Singer' journey with her future child. "I can’t wait to have a kid when that time comes so I can be like, ‘Look at mommy go,’" she gushed.

Her announcement of expecting her first baby, made on the 2024 Oscars red carpet, has added another layer of joy and anticipation to her life.

My pregnancy is something that I’ve kept really private, which has been a really nice change because I feel like, as an actor, you share so much of yourself," she told 'Fox News Digital.'

Hudgens debuted her baby bump at the Oscars in March, and before that, she was filming 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence while still early in her pregnancy.

"We actually had done most of the stunt work before we came back for the reshoots. But you know, when there’s a will, there’s a way, and with productions they always figure things out," she said with a laugh.

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Vanessa Hudgens' triumph on 'The Masked Singer' is more than just a win; it's a testament to the power of anonymity in rediscovering one's voice and freedom.

As "Goldfish", Hudgens not only captivated the audience with her voice but also shared a piece of her heart, revealing the transformative power of the stage.