Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates One Year With Chase Stokes With Cutest Throwback Snaps

The power couple met after the singer dm’d the actor on Instagram a year ago.
Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini

Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini.

Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes have made one trip around the sun! The singer and actor power couple met after the country music star sent an Instagram DM to the Outer Banks lead a little over a year ago—and the rest is history. From cozy, casual hard launches, to glamorous red carpet moments, Stokes, 31, and Ballerini, 30, instantly became the internet’s favorite dynamic duo.

The “Mountain With a View” singer shared the sweetest photo dump celebrating one year of love with her boyfriend on Jan. 7.

“A whole trip around the sun with my bestie. thanks for making me write love songs. 🤍,” the Tennessee native wrote.

“I really really ❤️ you,” Stokes responded in the comments, while tons of fans also chimed in to note how cute and “couple goals” the two are.

“I mean how can we like this a million more times? One isn’t enough!!! 🥰,” Sarah Ray added.

“When ‘I hate love songs’ isn’t relevant anymore in the best way possible 🥹,” one fan noted, in reference to Ballerini’s 2017 breakup ballad.

Stokes shared his own IG post in honor of the moment, and wrote “One year of lovin you ❤️ p.s. told ya I wouldn’t embarrass you 🥰.”

The four-time Grammy nominated artist performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in December and debuted her unreleased single, “To The Men Who Love Women After Heartbreak,” an ode to Stokes and their relationship.

Ballerini was nominated for female vocalist of the year at the 2023 Country Music Association Awards, and her most recent project, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat was highlighted in the Album of the Year category.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.