Chase Stokes Claps Back To Critics Who Claim He’s ‘Oversharing’ His Relationship With Kelsea Ballerini

“I still feel like I have a really good grasp on my privacy,” Stokes tells E! News.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 27, 2024


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Chase Stokes, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy Kelsea Ballerini

It’s certainly not unusual to see Kelsea Ballerini and her boyfriend Chase Stokes posting about their relationship online, but the Outer Banks star claims that what they choose to share with fans is only a very small portion of what is actually going on in their lives. 

“Sometimes it feels like maybe it’s an oversharing situation, or maybe there’s a lot of details,” Stokes told E! News, “but I truthfully believe that my personal life is really, really private.”

Stokes Maintains His privacy

He added that he doesn’t feel “any obligation to share” aspects of his personal life online, but he’s also not against giving “a glimpse” into what’s happening every now and then. 

Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Stokes; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Stokes; Photo Courtesy Instagram

“But for the most part, I still feel like I have a really good grasp on my privacy.”

Stokes did let the outlet in on how he and Ballerini manage to keep the romance alive while they are busy with their own separate projects.

“We’ve done FaceTime date nights,” Chase revealed, “where we’ll pick a cuisine and then figure out, ‘Do we want to do red wine tonight? Do we want to do a white wine or are we just drinking water?’ So, we have found beautiful ways to make distance at times work.”

Putting In the Effort To Keep The Romance Alive

However, Stokes says the couple takes full advantage of the moments when distance isn’t interfering so that they still get plenty of time together in person. Kelsea Ballerini is currently enjoying a bit of down time from her busy artist schedule, meaning she has been able to join her other half on set of filming for Season 4 of the hit Netflix show, Outer Banks. Stokes went on to say when he isn’t working, he either makes the trip to the country singer’s home in Nashville or joins her on the road. 

“We’ve been really fortunate in this recent chapter that our busy seasons have not overlapped,” Stokes explained. “So, [Kelsea will] either be here or I’ll go to Nashville, which has made it really nice. In the future and as we’ve continued to grow in our relationship, we just try to make sure our schedules can coexist and we have time.”

The couple finally confirmed their relationship in March of 2023, after receiving an abundance of speculation from fans, and it seems that their relationship has only grown stronger since then. Stokes has been seen accompanying Ballerini as her date to several country music award shows, and the pair even got matching tattoos in the fall. 

Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)
Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)

At the time, the “HEARTFIRST” singer shared a photo of her new ink via Instagram. The photo showcased a small, thin piece of artwork that resembled the Virgo symbol on her arm. In another photo shared by the tattoo artist, Michelle Santana, Stokes’ also appeared have a new addition to his tattoo collection as well. His artwork was also the virgo symbol, with the only difference being that the songstress included a small star under hers. 

Ballerini also opened up about her relationship on a much deeper level when she appeared on an episode of the well-known podcast, Call Her Daddy Sitting down with host Alex Cooper, she happily answered a slew of questions surrounding her love story with Stokes including how they met and their first kiss. 

The next chance for fans to catch Kelsea Ballerini performing live will be on April 16 when she makes an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. She will also take on double duty as the host and a performer a the upcoming CMT Music Awards.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.