'Outer Banks' star Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini shock fans as they cuddle up for Instagram photo
MASCOT, TENNESSEE: 'Outer Banks' star Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini are rumored to be dating after Chase shared a massive photo dump on Instagram and snuck in a picture with Kelsea at a football game. The couple was captured from behind and showed Chase and a woman sitting next to each other while the back of Chase's head was pressed against the blonde-haired woman's hair.
The pair were in the luxury stadium seating with leather chairs, sitting close to each other. However, since only the back of their head was visible, the identity of the woman was revealed only after Chase tagged Kelsea in the picture. The couple's debut comes after Kelsea's recent divorce from her husband Morgan Evans in August.
Chase and Kelsea's past relationships
Kelsea was dating Australian country musician Morgan Evans. The pair first met in March of 2016 at a music award show in Australia and soon sparked relationship rumors. By the end of the same year, Kelsea and Morgan were engaged and a year and a half later the couple tied the knot. However, on August 26, 2022, Kelsea announced she had filed divorce papers in Nashville and wrote on Instagram, "This is now public record, so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce."
She continued, "This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end." Morgan also penned an emotional message and said, "I am very sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise, but sadly it is not." They have cited the reason for their split as "irreconcilable differences."
As for Chase, he was dating his 'Outer Banks' costar Madelyn Cline. Their on-screen chemistry had initially ignited rumors of a real relationship in April 2020. In two months, Chase and Cline made their relationship official on Instagram. Chase shared photos from the couple's beach date on Instagram, along with the caption, "cats outta the bag."
Cline commented on her then-boyfriend's post, saying: "Topper punching the air rn" and "I've fallen and I cant get up." Meanwhile, their costar Jonathan Daviss chimed saying, "Well it’s about time." However, after a year of dating, the pair called it quits. "Madelyn and Chase are no longer together," a source told People. "They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago."
"I DIDNT SEE THAT ONE COMING!"
Netizens were thrilled to find Kelsea and Chase dating. One Twitter user wrote, "i’m kind of here for kelsea ballerini and chase stokes hard launch." Another said, "Kelsea Ballerini got Chase Stokes, you go girl!!! Save a horse ride a cowboy!" "Only two weeks into 2023 and the couple of the year award goes to Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes. That’s it, that’s the tweet," read a post by a fan. A fourth added, "KELSEA BALLERINI AND CHASE STOKES ARE DATING OMFG I DIDNT SEE THAT ONE COMING." "I did not expect Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes to become a thing on my 2023 bingo card. Holy hell I ship," another fan commented.
i’m kind of here for kelsea ballerini and chase stokes hard launch— @@@ (@meetsatmidnight) January 14, 2023
Kelsea Ballerini got Chase Stokes, you go girl!!! Save a horse ride a cowboy!— Mia (@MiaBronk) January 14, 2023
Only two weeks into 2023 and the couple of the year award goes to Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes. That’s it, that’s the tweet. 🔥— dani 🖤 (@trulymadlydani) January 14, 2023
KELSEA BALLERINI AND CHASE STOKES ARE DATING OMFG I DIDNT SEE THAT ONE COMING— iamthefckingprotagonist🥀✨🪐 (@yaabxxtchhail) January 14, 2023
I did not expect Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes to become a thing on my 2023 bingo card. Holy hell I ship— Jayleen Rose💙 (@DangerMcCann43) January 14, 2023
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