Chase Stokes on His Admiration for Kelsea Ballerini

Chase Stokes shares insights on Kelsea Ballerini's inspiring resilience.

by Nouman Rasool
Chase Stokes on His Admiration for Kelsea Ballerini
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Celebrity couple Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini have been painting a vivid picture of their enchanting romance, capturing hearts with their candid expressions of love and vulnerability. In a heartfelt revelation, Chase Stokes, known for his role in the hit series "Outer Banks," delves into the myriad qualities he cherishes in his girlfriend, country music sensation Kelsea Ballerini.

As their first anniversary in January draws near, Stokes offers an intimate glimpse into their relationship, highlighting Ballerini's authenticity and resilience, especially in the wake of her 2022 divorce from Morgan Evans.

In an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, Stokes admires Ballerini's unwavering genuineness, both on and off the stage. "The same person that I sit down in the living room with and have dinner on the floor with and who makes me laugh," he says, "is the exact same person you're seeing on stage.

There is no filter." This statement underlines a rare quality in the celebrity world, where personas often overshadow personal truths.

Embracing Vulnerability

Stokes emphasizes Ballerini's journey through vulnerability, a path that has not only fostered her personal growth and healing but also served as a learning experience for him.

He admires her for embracing her softness and presence, seeing it as a source of strength during tumultuous times. "She literally is the best person on planet earth," Stokes expresses, his admiration evident. "I just love the girl to pieces and I'm so f---king proud of her." Their love story began with a late-night DM from Ballerini, leading to their first meeting on January 7, 2023, a date they now celebrate as their anniversary.

Ballerini recounts this moment on the Call Her Daddy podcast, describing a spontaneous, romantic encounter that marked the beginning of their relationship. The couple's journey has been filled with sweet and public milestones, from their first date to making their relationship official at the CMT Music Awards in April 2023.

They have been sharing their love story openly, from adorable TikTok posts by Ballerini to their public appearances together, including a cozy moment at a football game and their presence at the premiere party for the Broadway musical Shucked.

In May 2023, their romance took a personal turn as Stokes accompanied Ballerini to her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, further cementing their bond. This couple's journey, marked by openness and genuine connection, stands as a testament to love in the limelight, proving that even in the world of glitz and glamour, authentic relationships can flourish.