Kelsea Ballerini reveals she began dating Chase Stokes after sliding into his DMs
28 February 2023, 17:02
Kelsea Ballerini started seeing Chase Stokes in private at the end of 2022 following her divorce from Morgan Evans.
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Kelsea Ballerini has opened up about how she began dating Outer Banks' Chase Stokes after she divorced her ex-husband.
Last year (Aug 29), Kelsea Ballerini announced that she was divorcing country singer Morgan Evans. Since their split, Kelsea has been spotted with 30-year-old Chase Stokes. Chase then took to Instagram to praise Kelsea's new EP, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat. He wrote: "So proud of you, your heart & your beautiful soul." He later told Extra: "I adore her to death."
Now, Kelsea has discussed their relationship, how serious it is and what led her to slide into Chase's DMs in the first place.
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Discussing dating and her divorce on the Call Her Daddy podcast, Kelsea revealed: "I think I grieved a lot of the marriage in the marriage. I was ready to open back up. I just felt, why not? I've never really dated...I don't know how it works. I'm like, 'Let's just put ourselves out there; let's just vibe.' And it's been fun. Am I single? Um...God. Um...nope."
Alex then asked if the rumours are true that Kelsea's dating Chase Stokes and Kelsea confirmed that they are but she said: "I'm just vibing." She then added: "Everything is new to me, dating, being photographed with someone. I'm tiptoeing. I'm happy. I'm really relearning a lot about myself and how I show up in a relationship."
Kelsea then let slip how she met Chase. She said the she "slid into his DMs" after her manager suggested they date. She added: "I was just like I'm not going to get on an app...I'd never seen [Outer Banks] but I just knew of him and he knew of me so I followed him and he followed me and I just swan dove right on in."
As for what her first line was, Kelsea explained: "His handle is '@hichasestokes,' and I said, 'Hi, Chase Stokes.'"
When asked whether or not she feels a responsibility to hide her relationship to avoid hurting her ex's feelings, Kelsea said: "No because I'm not married to him anymore and I don't need to care about his feelings anymore. I mean that with all the respect in the world. His journey is not mine. I hope that he is protected. That is not my job."
Kelsea ended by revealing that she's been talking to Chase "since the beginning of December". She said: "I'm having fun."
So there we have it! Sliding into someone's DMs actually works.
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