The latest intel on Kelsea Ballerini's boyfriend sitch—as she goes *official* with 'Outer Banks' star Chase Stokes

Who is Kelsea Ballerini's boyfriend now? Here's everything we know about her new relationship and dating history...

Kelsea Ballerini wears a yellow dress as she arrives at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Crypto.com Arena on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles, California./ in a purple and pink template
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Looking for the latest news on the Kelsea Ballerini boyfriend front? Well, the country singer just made things red-carpet official with a certain Outer Banks star at the CMT Music Awards. So, to celebrate their first public outing, here's everything we know about Kelsea's dating history and her current relationship sitch...

For anyone wondering 'are John B and Sarah Cameron dating IRL?' we have some bad news for you...while Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline did indeed date in 2021, the pair have since gone their separate ways. In fact, as of 2023 they've both moved all the way on, with Madelyn's boyfriend making a sneaky appearance on her Insta and Chase Stokes and his girlfriend stepping onto the red carpet together for the first time on March 2...you see where we're going with this, right?

Yes, for anyone who doesn't know—it's official—Kelsea and Chase are indeed dating! Here's everything we know about their relationship, plus the lowdown on Kelsea's dating history and past marriage...

Who is Kelsea Ballerini's boyfriend now?

As mentioned, Kelsea is dating John B himself, Chase Stokes. Fans were first alerted to this new couple in January 2023, after Chase posted a carousel to Instagram which featured a snap of him cozying up to a 'mystery' blonde—we couldn't see her face, but Chase tagged Kelsea, so mystery not so much.

While the pair attempted to dodge the romance rumors, confirmation finally came on March 3, 2023, during an interview with Today. During the appearance, Chase was quizzed by host Sheinelle Jones about whether he was a fan of Ballerini, to which he said: “Absolutely, I’m a fan. Yeah, who isn’t a fan?” 

Jones then quipped: “For those of you who don’t know, they’re dating,” to which Chase simply replied, “mmm hmm.”

Kelsea also seemingly confirmed they were dating during her appearance on Alex Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast on February 22, 2023, where she revealed that she slid into his Insta DMs.

Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas

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Then on April 2, 2023, Kelsea and Chase made their first red-carpet outing together to the CMT Awards, looking very loved up.

Kelsea also praised Chase to Carissa Culiner at the awards saying: "I have a really hot date tonight. I'm really really happy and it's really nice to...this is our first outing so I'm like, 'come on into my world and then bring me into Charleston [the location where Outer Banks season 3 was filmed]."

She added: "I don't know if it's the big moments on TV or where I am in my life or what it is, but I feel really good. I'm happy to be here and the show is amazing." Cute!

Kelsea Ballerini dating history: who has she dated?

So, now we've dished on Kelsea's current relationship with Chase, what about her dating history? For fans who don't know, before meeting her new boyfriend Chase, Kelsea was actually married for five years. Here's the DL on her past relationship...

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini attend the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee

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Before her new relationship with Chase, Kelsea was actually previously married to Australian singer, Morgan Evans.

The pair were married for five years, after tying the knot in 2017 but announced their split in August 2022.

After the news broke of their split, Kelsea took to her Instagram story (as per Hello!) to share a statement that read: "Friends, I've always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold. 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. It's hard to find the words here…but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons."

You're all caught up!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.