Chase Stokes & Kelsea Ballerini spark romance rumors after cozy photo – Hollywood Life
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Outer Banks stars Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini have sparked dating rumors after Chase, 30, snuggled a photo of himself to the 29-year-old country singer at a sporting event on Friday, January 13 (see below). The snap was shown in a carousel he captioned “lil recap,” showing the back of Kelsea’s head but leaning in front of Chase as he appeared to whisper something in her ear or possibly even kiss her head. While her face is not shown, Chase revealed her identity by tagging her Instagram handle on her back.
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“go vols,” the “Heartfirst” singer commented under the carousel with a monkey hiding his eye emoji. The picture was taken at the Georgia vs. Texas Christian University football game at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium on Monday, January 9, but it’s not the first photo of the potential couple looking friendly. On Monday, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers founder Todd Graves shared a photo from the night that featured entertainment professionals and influencers, including Chase and Kelsea, on the right end of the image. Kelsea had a huge grin on her face as she settled down next to Chase and held onto his arm. She captioned this photo with three white heart emojis.
If they are indeed a couple, it would be their first public romance since their respective splits. Chase was known to date fellow Outer Banks co-star 25-year-old Madelyn Cline for about a year and a half through the fall of 2021. They have not spoken publicly about their split and continue to work amicably together on set. Season 3 of Netflix’s hit series will be released on February 23.
Country fans may recall that the “Peter Pan” singer and her husband of nearly five years, Morgan Evans, 37, announced their split in August 2022. Kelsea shared the news in a heartfelt message on her Instagram Story, where she spoke about always wanting to be honest with her fans. “Friends, I’ve always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while protecting parts of my private life as they unfold. This is now public knowledge so I wanted you to hear directly from me that I’m getting a divorce,” she wrote. “This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that has finally come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here, but I’m very grateful for the years of my marriage to Morgan and I look forward to the next few seasons.”
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Morgan later confirmed their divorce with an Instagram message of her own. The split came as a shock to fans as the couple showed no signs of trouble. They finalized their divorce in November, a month after Kelsea released her now Grammy-nominated album SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Kelsea spoke about the end of her marriage in December 2022 on an episode of the Tell Me About It With Jade Iovine podcast. “For a while it was like, ‘okay, this is just a new phase in a relationship,’ because relationships go through seasons, right? And it won’t always be rainbows and butterflies,” she recalled. “For a long time I was like, ‘Oh, that’s just, the glitter is wearing off. That’s what happens.’ And then you get into a phase where you’re just waiting for it to come back. And then sometimes not.”
“At the end of the day,” she continued, “it’s such a disservice and a dishonor to yourself when you know something is wrong and you stay.” [Shame about divorce] Is the one thing I just don’t wanna feel Judge me for that, well, that’s up to you.”
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