Chase Stokes confirms he’s dating Kelsea Ballerini: ‘She’s a sweet girl’

Kelsea Ballerini split from husband Morgan Evans last August. It’s been a relatively quiet split. We know it hit Morgan particularly hard but there didn’t appear to be any wrong-doing or squabbling in the media. Cut to four months later, Kelsea seems to be moving on with a new beau. Earlier this week, Kelsea and Outer Banks star, Chase Stokes, left a little bread crumb trail for fans in their respective Instagrams. Kelsea tagged Chase in a photo of her wearing a Knoxville ball cap to which he replied “I like dat hat ma’am.” Over on Chase’s IG, he posted a pic of two folks canoodling and tagged Kelsea in it. Okay, so they were pretty big bread crumbs. When fans went out of their minds, Chase confirmed things by saying Kelsea was a “sweet girl” and that they were having a good time.

It’s the little things! Chase Stokes couldn’t help but gush over Kelsea Ballerini after the pair sparked rumors of a budding romance.

“She’s a sweet girl,” the Outer Banks actor, 30, told TMZ of the country singer, 29, on Tuesday, January 17, revealing what drew him to connect with Ballerini. “We’re having a good time and that’s all I’ll say.”

Stokes and the “Peter Pan” artist sent social media into a frenzy earlier this month when they tagged each other in photo dumps shared via their respective Instagram accounts. In the Netflix star’s upload, the twosome appeared to get cozy while watching a football game.

“Lil recap,” he captioned the slideshow on Friday, January 13, to which Ballerini replied, “Go vols 🙈.”

The “I Can’t Help Myself” artist shared a carousel of her own the same day, teasing in the caption, “New boot goofin.” Among the photos included in her post was a snap of Ballerini standing outside of a Buc-ee’s in a red dress and matching cowgirl boots, along with a pic of her wearing a baseball cap that repped Knoxville, Tennessee.

“I like dat hat ma’am,” Stokes wrote in the comments section.

The twosome were previously spotted together on January 9 at the College Football National Championship Game in Los Angeles.

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Kelsea, on the other hand, had a bigger response. Probably because she got a bigger reaction. When her feed became overrun with people questioning every part of the photographic evidence presented to them, she went to TikTok and threatened to break up with the internet:


i’m about to break up with the internet 5 sure 😂

♬ original sound – Kelsea Ballerini

I guess fans keep pairing her with any guy she sits next to. And one of the comments in the TikTok background called the whole thing a PR stunt. It’s not shocking that Chase is getting “aw, how nice” replies and Kelsea is besieged by negative comments and accusations. It must be nice to exist as a man. So called fans are supposedly worried about Kelsea’s busy schedule due to her HEARTFIRST tour but checking out Chase’s IG, he’s pretty hot. My guess is his followers just don’t want to see him off the market.

But, it looks like he is spoken for, at least for now. This thing has just gotten started so who knows how serious it is. I’ll take Chase at his word that they’re feeling things out. Kelsea’s just coming out of a five-year marriage and her star is rising. Chase is enjoying his leading man status. So they’re attractive and hitting their strides career-wise, it’s the perfect time for a heated romance. Plus, they both seem to be football fans, so they have that in common. I say go for it. Of course, I know very little about them so I’m sure that as soon as I give my approval I’ll learn that one or both of them are problematic. Until that’s unearthed, I want to be happy for these two.

Photo credit: Instagram and Netflix/Outer Banks

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  1. LooneyTunes says:


  2. Fuzzy Crocodile says:

    Calling a 29-year-old woman a “sweet girl” rubs me the wrong way.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Yes-it’s a weird thing to say. Condescending? What a guy would say about a nice woman he dumps to hook up with someone hot? I just don’t see that this is a compliment.

  3. tanesha86 says:

    White men who talk in exaggerated blaccents like that make me gag and the way he’s infantilizing her is a turn off. He’s got my hackles raised

  4. AmelieOriginal says:

    Outer Banks fans are probably heartbroken because Chase was dating his costar/love interest Madelyn Cline (she was in the Knives Out sequel for those who watched it, she played the young hot girlfriend of Dave Bautista) and they were a very cute couple but they broke up some time ago. For some reason I thought Kelsea Ballerini was a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, haha oops. She does have a similar look to Madelyn so I can see fans thinking Chase and her got back together just based on the pic of the back of her blonde hair at the baseball game before Chase clarified who it was.

  5. Sue E Generis says:

    Oof. ‘Sweet girl’. Not gonna last.

  6. Emily says:

    It irks me when men refer to women as “sweet girl.” It’s so patronizing. If she is dating him, dump him.

    • Kate says:

      A guy who calls a woman he’s dating “a sweet girl” is probably going to imitate an angry cat when she’s upset or ask if she’s on her period

  7. Christine says:

    I remember reading how he dumped/cheated on his longtime girlfriend to be with his costar. This has messy written all over it.

  8. j.ferber says:

    Kelsea will dump him soon enough. She’s just getting her feet wet again after a most likely traumatic divorce.