Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes' Relationship Timeline
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Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes are causing a fan frenzy with their newfound romance.
In January 2023, the country singer and Outer Banks actor sparked romance rumors after Stokes posted a cuddly photo of them together at the Georgia vs. TCU game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Shortly after, Ballerini subtly addressed the dating rumors with a cryptic TikTok which featured a screenshot from the celebrity gossip account DeuxMoi that featured anonymous tips about her and Stokes.
Most recently, Ballerini opened up about their newfound romance in an episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast, confirming that she's not single.
Before Stokes, Ballerini was married to Morgan Evans for nearly five years before she filed for divorce in August 2022.
Meanwhile, Stokes was previously linked to his Outer Banks costar Madelyn Cline. The actors, who play boyfriend and girlfriend on the Netflix series, dated for over a year before announcing their breakup in November 2021.
Here's a breakdown of Ballerini and Stokes' relationship timeline.
January 9, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes attend a football game together
Ballerini and Stokes first stepped out together as they attended the Georgia vs. TCU game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The two were seen standing next to each other in a group photo shared by Todd Graves. The photo also included Stokes' Outer Banks costars Jonathan Daviss and Austin North as well as Dylan Sprouse and Zack Bia, the latter of which was previously connected to Stokes' ex Cline.
January 13, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes cuddle up for an Instagram photo
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On Jan. 13, Stokes seemingly "soft launched" his relationship with Ballerini as he posted a photo of them cuddled up at the football game in a carousel of photos captioned, "lil recap."
The image shows a blonde girl tagged as Ballerini leaning her head into his chest as they look over the football field. In a nod to her own hometown team, the country star commented, "go vols 🙈" on the post.
January 16, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini subtly addresses Chase Stokes dating rumors on TikTok
Shortly after Stokes posted the photo with Ballerini, dating rumors began to circulate, which Ballerini subtly addressed on TikTok.
She spoke in the video over a screenshot from the celebrity gossip account DeuxMoi that featured anonymous tips about Ballerini and Stokes, plus the manager of Soho House Nashville.
"But what is happening you guys? What? What? No. Let's not do this, you know?" she said before sighing and blowing a raspberry.
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January 17, 2023: Chase Stokes opens up about Kelsea Ballerini
During an interview with TMZ, Stokes broke his silence on Ballerini, saying, "She's a sweet girl." Though he refrained from commenting on their relationship status, he added, "We're having a good time and that's all I'll say."
January 24, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes have a date night in Nashville
In late January, the two stepped out together again in Nashville. In a video obtained by TMZ, the two could be seen holding hands during a date at Robert's Western World. Onlookers told the publication the two were seen enjoying each other's company as they shared an appetizer.
January 28, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes show PDA at the LAX airport
A few days after their Nashville outing, the two were seen in Los Angeles as they showed PDA at the LAX airport. In photos obtained by TMZ, the two shared a hug and held hands as they parted ways at the airport.
February 8, 2023: Chase Stokes opens up about Kelsea Ballerini to PEOPLE
While speaking to PEOPLE about the upcoming season of Outer Banks, Stokes briefly opened up about his rumored relationship with Ballerini, insisting that the two "have just been spending some time together."
He added, "Kelsea is a lovely, lovely girl. She's great. We're having a good time."
Later that day, Ballerini shared a TikTok of Stokes in her bed. The clip only revealed his arm — but fans quickly confirmed that it was the actor by his tattoos.
February 14, 2023: Chase Stokes congratulates Kelsea Ballerini on her short film
On Valentine's Day, Ballerini released a heartbreaking short film in which she contemplates the demise of her marriage as she struggles to voice her thoughts with a romantic partner. The short film was accompanied by a 6-track EP titled Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, which further details her split from ex-husband Evans.
Following the release, Stokes showed his support for Ballerini, sharing a photo of them smiling on his Instagram Story. "SO proud of you, your heart & your beautiful soul. Congrats kels," he captioned the post with a heart emoji.
February 16, 2023: Chase Stokes is "so excited" for Kelsea Ballerini's Saturday Night Live performance
Just hours before Stokes attended the Los Angeles premiere of Outer Banks season 3, Ballerini announced that she'd booked SNL as a musical guest.
"I mean she's the best," Stokes told Entertainment Tonight when asked about his girlfriend's big news. "I'm so excited for her and everything happening in her career right now."
February 21, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini reveals she's not single
During a preview of an upcoming episode of the podcast Call Her Daddy, Ballerini opened up about her divorce and how she's navigating dating. "I've never really dated! I don't know how it works," she said in the clip.
Amid her romance rumors with Stokes, Ballerini also discussed her current relationship status. "Am I single?" she said with a laugh in the trailer. "Am I single. God. Um… nope."
February 22, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini says she met Chase Stokes by sliding into his DMs
In her Call Her Daddy podcast interview, which was released on Feb. 22, the singer revealed for the first time how she met Stokes. After the two started following each other on Instagram, she admitted that she decided to slide into his DMs.
"I've never seen his show, but I just knew of him, and I just swan dove right on in," Ballerini said. When Cooper asked her what she said to the actor, Ballerini shared that she kept it simple: "His handle is '@hichasestokes,' and I said, 'Hi, Chase Stokes.' "
On their newfound romance, the singer added that she's "just vibing" with the Outer Banks star. "I was ready to open back up," Ballerini said of dating again after her divorce. "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."
February 23, 2023: Chase Stokes shares a cute photo of Kelsea Ballerini kissing him on the cheek
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Stokes posted a sweet snap to his Instagram Story of him and Ballerini. In the picture, the actor smiled with his eyes closed as the country singer wrapped her arms around him and kissed him on the cheek.
March 2, 2023: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes share a kiss at New York Rangers game
The duo had a date night at Madison Square Garden in N.Y.C. as they attended the New York Rangers game against the Ottawa Senators. During the game, the two were photographed sharing a kiss from their seats.
March 3, 2023: Chase Stokes says he's a fan of Kelsea Ballerini
Following the couple's date night, Stokes appeared on the Today show where he was asked about Ballerini. After co-host Sheinelle Jones pointed out that that star will be serving as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend to Stokes, she asked him if he was a fan of the Rolling Up the Welcome Mat artist.
"Absolutely, I'm a fan," he said. "Who isn't a fan?"
Jones then addressed viewers at home, telling them, "For those of you who don't know, they're dating," before she called Stokes and Ballerini "a beautiful couple."
"Thank you," Stokes said.
March 4, 2023: Chase Stokes supports Kelsea Ballerini at SNL
As Ballerini took the stage as the musical guest on SNL, Stokes cheered her on from backstage. Following the show, the actor shared tributes to Ballerini on his Instagram Story. In the first image, he smiled next to Ballerini's dressing room, writing "Well s---. That was special" with a heart emoji. In the second image, he smiled sweetly at the singer, writing, "QUEEN s---. @kelseaballerini you did the f------ d--- thing."
March 2023: Chase Stokes hits the road with Kelsea Ballerini
In March, fans captured Stokes singing along in the crowd at several of Ballerini's concerts. The two also posted a handful of photos of them together on their Instagram accounts, including one of them holding hands backstage. During one concert, a fan captured Ballerini changing to lyrics to one of her songs to include a mention of Stokes' Outer Banks character John B.