Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Chase Stokes, Kelsea Ballerini’s proud boyfriend, became emotional while watching her headline an arena hometown show in Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 1. Stokes shared with People that he “cried the whole time” as he understood the significance of this performance for Ballerini and her connection to her dedicated fans.
Stokes humorously added, “I’m still recouping from how loud it was.” He was deeply moved by the fact that Ballerini returned to her hometown, sold out an arena, and fulfilled her childhood dream. What made it even more special was the presence of her family and friends at the show. Stokes noted that seeing Ballerini achieve her dream was a moment of immense pride.
Ballerini, a Knoxville native, has been open about the importance of the headlining show to her, especially given her song “Half of My Hometown,” which reflects her complex relationship with her place of origin. During the performance, she sang “Half of My Hometown” and surprised the audience by bringing out her duet partner from the studio recording, Kenny Chesney, who is also from Knoxville.
Ballerini and Stokes have been in a romantic relationship for almost a year, and their commitment was evident as they recently got matching tattoos.