Kelsea Ballerini and “really hot date” Chase Stokes made their red carpet debut at the CMT Music Awards Sunday night.
The “Blindsided” singer and “Outer Banks” star affectionately held hands and walked with their arms wrapped around each other as they posed for photos on the carpet in Austin, Texas.
“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,’” Ballerini told CMT network of the filming location for Stokes’ Netflix series.
“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,” she continued.
“I’m happy to be here and the show is amazing.”
Stokes, 30, later proved himself to be the country music star’s biggest fan as he was filmed dancing and singing along to his girlfriend’s performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).”
Ballerini, 29, confirmed in February while appearing on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast that she and Stokes were dating after she slid into his Instagram DMs.
It’s the “Peter Pan” singer’s first relationship since divorcing her now-ex-husband, Morgan Evans, after five years of marriage.
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It quickly became apparent that the divorce would be a contentious one when Evans, 37, blasted Ballerini for not sharing the “reality” of their split.
“It’s really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved with all my heart, saying things that aren’t reality and that leave out what really happened,” the singer wrote on Instagram.
“She knows I’m not the type of guy to speak on those things publicly. If this is what she needs to heal, I hope it helps,” he continued. “All I ask is that if you’re on my pages, please don’t be mean. Don’t be mean to Kelsea, don’t be mean to each other.
Page Six later broke the news that Ballerini allegedly cheated on Evans during their marriage with Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers.
She never denied the allegations.