Kelsey Ballerini and “Outer Banks” star Chase Stokes sparked romance rumors after they were photographed at the College Football Playoff National Championship game last Monday.
The 29-year-old country singer, who finalized her divorce from Morgan Evans three months ago, was seen cuddling with the 30-year-old actor in a photo she included in an Instagram slideshow on Wednesday.
“Lil summary”. She captioned the post, “Tell me your secrets.”
Stokes was seen wearing a red long-sleeved flannel with a black baseball cap as he sat alongside Ballerini in their box seats at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
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Although the pair were pictured from the back, Stokes tagged the ‘Miss Me More’ hitmaker.
The Georgia Bulldogs won the game, defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7.
However, Ballerini, who is originally from Mascot, Tennessee, gave a shout out to the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team in the comments on Stokes’ post, writing “go vols” along with a monkey covering his eyes emoji.
Stokes and Ballerini also got close in a photo posted by Raising Cane founder Todd Graves. During the game, Graves hosted the couple along with other actors, musicians and influencers in his VIP box.
The two were standing together in a group photo when Ballerini grabbed Stokes’ arm and leaned on him from behind.
The actor, who had a cameo on “Stranger Things,” commented on the carousel of photos the three-time Grammy nominee shared on Instagram on Wednesday. He wrote: “Could you please add ‘piping hot sake’ to the list on slide 8, with burnt fingertips please?”
The eighth slide of Ballerini’s post was a video of the singer stomping in front of a mirror and jokingly saying,
Representatives for Stokes and Ballerini did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Last August, Ballerini and Evans announced their separation after five years of marriage on Instagram. Ballerini and Evans originally met while hosting the CMC Music Awards in Australia in 2016.
“I’ve always tried to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while protecting the layers of my personal life as they unfold,” Ballerini wrote at the time. “This is now public record, so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce.”
“It’s hard to find the words here…but I’m so grateful for the years of marriage with Morgan and I look forward to the seasons to come. With a very active schedule, please remember that we are both fragile, actively healing and performing the best we can,” he added.
Evans wrote in his own statement. “I am very saddened to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsey and I are separating. I wish it were different, but unfortunately it’s not.”
Evans and Ballerini decided to divorce, she wrote the song “Over for You” to help her process her feelings and heartbreak. After playing the song to an audience in Australia, he released the song.
“All my social media and conversations with people that I started having went from ‘Great Show Man’ or ‘Come Back to Kentucky Soon’ to ‘Thanks for writing the song, it’s helping me get through my divorce.’ “Thank you for putting into words what I felt when I went through this seven years ago,” Evans explained to Fox News Digital.
“When it started like that, I knew it was something I had to properly record and share, and that’s what we did. And I’m really proud of the song.”
Ballerini opened up about the end of her relationship last December during an episode of the Tell Me It With Jade Iovine podcast.
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“For some time it was like this. “Okay, this is just a new phase of the relationship,” because relationships go through seasons, right? And it won’t always be butterflies and rainbows” – “Half of My”. Hometown,” said the singer.
He continued. “For a long time I said: “Oh, this is just… Glitter wears off. That’s what happens.” And then you go into a phase where you wait for it to come back, and then sometimes it doesn’t.”
“At the end of the day, it’s such a disrespect and a disservice to yourself if you know something is wrong and you stay,” Ballerini added. “[Shame] it’s the one thing I just refuse to feel… Judge me for that, well, that’s up to you.”
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Stokes dated his Outer Banks co-star Madeleine Klein, 25, from April 2020 to November 2021 after they met on the set of the Netflix show in 2019.
Fox News Digital’s Lorin Overhultz contributed to this report.