WATCH: Kelsea Ballerini Laughs Off On-Stage Wardrobe Malfunction: ‘This Is My Retirement Announcement’

Ballerini dubbed the moment “zippergate.”


Lauren Jo Black

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October 10, 2022


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Via Instagram

Kelsea Ballerini never misses the chance to laugh at herself and her latest on-stage snafu was no different. 

Ballerini, who is in the midst of her 10-city Heartfirst Tour, has been turning heads with her outstanding new tour production, including several mid-concert outfit changes. During a recent concert, the “Hole In The Bottle” singer suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction and had no idea until fans in the first few rows pointed it out. 

“Has my zipper been undone this whole time?” she asked the crowd in a video captured by a concertgoer. 

Later, she took to social media to laugh off the embarrassment. 

“It’s the fact that I thought they were screaming for the song. It’s the fact that I was serving moves for me,” Ballerini says in her reaction clip, which she dubbed #zippergate. 

Her post raked in nearly 200,000 views across TikTok and Instagram as fans showcased their support for being so real. 

“Just makes you more relatable as a human,” wrote one Instagram user, while another chimed in with, ”You handled that with such class though.”

Despite the support, Ballerini jokes, “I’m retiring, it’s been a good few years, thanks guys, see you around.“ 

The Heartfirst Tour recently made headlines after she was surprised on stage by Kenny Chesney to perform their duet, “Half Of My Hometown,” together in Los Angeles. 

In addition to Chesney’s surprise live collaboration with Ballerini, Carly Pearce also joined the 29-year-old earlier this month to perform “You’re Drunk, Go Home” for the first time ever. 

The East Tennessee native’s tour is in support of her fifth studio album, Subject To Change, which dropped on September 23. The overall theme of the 15-track project is Ballerini coming to realize that sometimes the little things in life are the most important. 

“I think one of themes that I am finding is what I think probably a lot of us have found in the last couple of years as we kind of been forced to step back and look at our lives and have a lot of time to do that,” the hitmaker previously shared. “It’s made you look at what you have differently and for me, I’ve started to really appreciate the little things in life a lot more.” 

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The album features her latest single “Heartfirst,” as well as fan-favorite tracks “What I Have,” “The Little Things,” “Love Is A Cowboy, among others. 

“In my younger years, the idea of change scared me. It had proven to be a faceless force that patterned my past with uncertainty. Only in the gift of growth have I learned that in the stark and constant juxtaposition of life, living happens,” she previously explained of the project on Instagram. “That when I unclench my fists, undig my heels and unravel the architecture built by youth, a true metamorphosis can happen.”

She continued, “I’ve been searching somewhere between the broadness of the universe and the simplicity in the little things, reflecting through wiser perspectives, leaning with body weight into matters of the heart, and finding blissful acceptance in the inner cracks I once cursed that now let the light in to grow taller within myself. This is a season of becoming, healing, loving, dancing, and feeling. And like everything, it is subject to change.”

Subject To Change marks the country hitmaker’s first full-length project since the release of her companion albums, kelsea and ballerini, in 2020.

Ballerini’s Heartfirst Tour continues through October 14, where the trek will wrap up at Premier Theater inside Foxwoods Resort Casino.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.