Kelsea Ballerini and “Outer Banks” star Chase Stokes sparked rumors of a new romance after they were photographed in close quarters 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 hugging the 30-year-old actor in a photo included in an Instagram slideshow on Wednesday.
Summary of the night. “Tell me your secrets,” the young man wrote, in the caption to his post.
Stokes is seen in a red long-sleeved T-shirt with a black baseball cap while resting next to Ballerini in the box seats at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
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Although the pair was photographed from behind, Stokes tagged the “Miss Me More” hitmaker in the photo.
The Georgia Bulldogs pulled off a resounding victory in the game, defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7.
However, Ballerini, who hails from Mascot, Tennessee, gave the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team a shout-out in comments on Stokes’ post, writing, “go vols,” along with a monkey emoji covering his eyes.
Stokes and Ballerini were also seen getting close in a photo shared by Raising Cane founder Todd Graves. Graves hosted the duo along with other actors, musicians and influencers in his VIP box for the game.
The two were seen standing together in a group photo while Ballerini grabbed Stokes’ arm and leaned on him from behind.
The actor, who had a brief role in Stranger Things, commented on a set of photos that the three-time Grammy nominee shared on Instagram on Wednesday. He wrote, “Can you please add a hot drink to the menu on slide 8 please with burnt fingertips?”
The eighth slide of Ballerini’s post was a clip of the singer stomping in front of a mirror and jokingly saying, “Just go eat food and talk about the things you do, okay?”
Representatives for Stokes and Ballerini did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Last August, Ballerini and Evans announced they were separating after five years of marriage on Instagram. Ballerini and Evans originally met in 2016 while hosting the CMC Music Awards in Australia.
“I’ve always tried to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while protecting layers of my personal life as it unfolds,” Ballerini wrote at the time. “This is a public record now, so I wanted you to hear directly from me that I’m going through a divorce.”
“It’s hard to find the words here…but I am so grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for seasons to come. With very active schedules coming up, please keep in mind that we’re vulnerable, actively processing, and appearing the best we can,” she added.
In his own statement, Evans wrote: “I am so sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I have parted ways. I wish it could have been otherwise but unfortunately it is not.”
Soon after Evans W Ballerini decided to divorceHe wrote the song “Over for You” to help him process his feelings and heartbreak. He ended up releasing the song after playing it to an audience in Australia.
“All the social media, conversations I started having with people turned from ‘Great Show Man’ or ‘Come to Kentucky soon’ to things like, ‘Thank you for writing the song, I’m getting over my divorce,'” Evans explained to Fox News. Digital: “Thanks for putting into words what I felt like when I went through this seven years ago, ‘things like that.’”
“When things started like this, I knew I had to record it and share it right, and that’s what we did. And I’m really proud of the song.”
Ballerini opened up about her ending relationship during a podcast episode of Tell Me About It With You Even last December.
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“For a while, it was like, ‘Well, this is just a new phase of the relationship,’ because relationships go through the seasons, right? And they’re not always going to be butterflies and rainbows,” Mae Half said of the hometown singer.
She continued, “For a long time, I was like, ‘Oh that’s just…the glitter is fading.'” This is what happens. “And then you enter a phase where you wait until you come back. And sometimes it doesn’t.”
“At the end of the day, it’s a disservice and an insult to yourself if you know something isn’t right and you stay,” Ballerini added. “[Shame] Is the one thing I refuse to feel… judge me, well, that’s on you. “
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Stokes dated his “Outer Banks” co-star Madeline Cline, 25, from April 2020 to November 2021 after the two met on the Netflix show in 2019.
Fox News Digital’s Lauren Overholtz contributed to this report.