Kelsea Ballerini Calls Boyfriend Chase Stokes Her 'Support System': 'That to Me Feels Really Safe'

In January, Ballerini and Stokes marked one year together

<p>Christopher Polk/Variety/Getty</p> Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini in New Jersey in September 2023

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Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini in New Jersey in September 2023

Kelsea Ballerini appreciates "The Little Things" about her relationship with Chase Stokes.

In a cover story interview with Flaunt released Monday, the country music star opened up about her relationship with the Outer Banks star.

“When it comes to my relationship there’s a beautiful level of him showing up on tour, or at my respective award shows, and me getting to go to set and showing up to his events, where we just get to [be] each other’s support system in person," Ballerini, 30, told the magazine of Stokes, 31.

“That to me feels really safe," she added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the "How Do I Do This" singer detailed the making of her next album, which will follow her February 2023 EP Rolling Up the Welcome Mat.

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“I want to make a record about what it feels to be 30... what it feels like to be falling in love and feeling a new level of safety,” she said. “Having the space in my life to experience all of it first had to happen for it now to reflect in the music.”

She also teased that this new album is being built by her "dream group of people."

"And it’s all women," she added.

Ballerini and Stokes first sparked dating rumors after he posted a cuddly photo of them at the Georgia vs. TCU game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. One month later, she revealed she slid into his DMs during a Call Her Daddy podcast interview.

"I've never seen his show, but I just knew of him, and I just swan dove right on in," Ballerini said of her decision to message him. "His handle is '@hichasestokes,' and I said, 'Hi, Chase Stokes.' "

<p>Victor Boyko/Variety via Getty Images</p> Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini in Venice in August 2023

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Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini in Venice in August 2023

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"I was ready to open back up," Ballerini said of dating again after her divorce. "I just felt, why not? I've never really dated; I don't know how it works. I'm like, 'Let's just put ourselves out there; let's just vibe.' And it's been fun."

In January, the couple marked one year together on social media.

"A whole trip around the sun with my bestie. @hichasestokes thanks for making me write love songs," she captioned a carousel of photos and videos. In the comments, Stokes replied: "I really really ❤️ you."

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