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Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes made their first public outing as a couple at the New York Rangers game on Thursday night.

The country cutie, 29, and the Outer Banks actor, 30, were captured in the stands as they watched the home team take on the Ottawa Senators.

The duo – who recently confirmed their romance – looked smitten as they held hands and chatted throughout the game.

At one point, Ballerini leaned in close to her new beau and they each placed their hands on the other’s leg.

The sighting comes amid the singer’s divorce drama with ex-husband and fellow musician Morgan Evans, who she recently unfollowed on Instagram.

Debut: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes made their first public outing as a couple at the New York Rangers game on Thursday night

Debut: Kelsea Ballerini and Chase Stokes made their first public outing as a couple at the New York Rangers game on Thursday night

Riveting: The country cutie, 29, and the Outer Banks actor, 30, were captured in the stands as they watched the home team take on the Ottawa Senators

Riveting: The country cutie, 29, and the Outer Banks actor, 30, were captured in the stands as they watched the home team take on the Ottawa Senators

Smitten: The duo - who recently confirmed their romance - looked smitten as they held hands and chatted throughout the game

Smitten: The duo – who recently confirmed their romance – looked smitten as they held hands and chatted throughout the game

Ballerini looked stunning in a spliced black and beige coat layered over a black turtleneck top and black pants.

Her long, blonde hair was styled in loose waves and she kept her makeup light and natural.

The Heartfirst hitmaker put on an animated display with Stokes as they witnessed the teams face off. 

Stokes cut a casual-cool figure in a yellow and black plaid jacket worn over a baggy off white tee and gray skinny jeans.

The Netflix hunk’s brunette hair peeked out from under a brown and yellow trucker hat that read: ‘Art Dept Of Health Is Wealth Development’

He sported scruffy facial hair and accessorized with necklaces for his date night with Ballerini.

Upon the game’s conclusion, the couple filed out of their row and made their way towards the exit with the rest of the crowd.

Ballerini’s new romance comes seven months after she divorced Morgan Evans.

Drama: The sighting comes amid the singer's divorce drama with ex-husband and fellow musician Morgan Evans, who she recently unfollowed on Instagram

Drama: The sighting comes amid the singer’s divorce drama with ex-husband and fellow musician Morgan Evans, who she recently unfollowed on Instagram

Close: At one point, Ballerini leaned in close to her new beau and they each placed their hands on the other's leg

Close: At one point, Ballerini leaned in close to her new beau and they each placed their hands on the other’s leg

Stunning: Ballerini looked stunning in a spliced black and beige coat layered over a black turtleneck top and black pants

Her long, blonde hair was styled in loose waves and she kept her makeup light and natural

Stunning: Ballerini looked stunning in a spliced black and beige coat layered over a black turtleneck top and black pants. Her long, blonde hair was styled in loose waves and she kept her makeup light and natural

Security: The duo were seemingly accompanied to the game by a security guard

Security: The duo were seemingly accompanied to the game by a security guard 

She started dating the Aussie country singer in March 2016, and he popped the question on Christmas Day that year and tied the knot in December 2017.

Ballerini both confirmed her romance with Stokes and opened up about her relationship with Evans, claiming she spent ‘many a night’ sleeping on her couch.

Evans fired back, claiming what she had said on the interview wasn’t true, while other allegations surfaced that Ballerini cheated on Evans with The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart.

Ballerini appeared on the Call Her Daddy podcast last week, where she revealed the first time sleeping alone while married to Evans, before the CMA Awards.

In the morning, after rehearsing for the event, she remembers texting him: ‘I’ll just see you at the carpet.’ 

She explained that she began sleeping on the couch due to a ‘sense of disconnection’ between them.

‘We hadn’t seen each other, there was a lack of effort to see each other. I was getting resentful because any time we did see each other, I felt like I was carrying that load, and I was tired,’ the three-time Grammy nominee noted. 

‘As he’s putting out a song about being blindsided, he’s taking half the house that he didn’t pay for,’ she added.

Casual-cool: Stokes cut a casual-cool figure in a yellow and black plaid jacket worn over a baggy off white tee and gray skinny jeans

Casual-cool: Stokes cut a casual-cool figure in a yellow and black plaid jacket worn over a baggy off white tee and gray skinny jeans

Date night: He sported scruffy facial hair and accessorized with necklaces for his date night with Ballerini

Date night: He sported scruffy facial hair and accessorized with necklaces for his date night with Ballerini

After the game, the duo filed out of their row and headed to the nearest exit with the rest of the crowd

After the game, the duo filed out of their row and headed to the nearest exit with the rest of the crowd

Star-studded: The game proved to be a star-studded affair with the likes of Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin and actor Liam Neeson

Star-studded: The game proved to be a star-studded affair with the likes of Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin and actor Liam Neeson

Roaring crowd: Annie Murphy stood up and cheered on the players with her game crew

Roaring crowd: Annie Murphy stood up and cheered on the players with her game crew

Tense: Liam Neeson was seen in the midst of a passionate phone call

Tense: Liam Neeson was seen in the midst of a passionate phone call 

He rocked a Denada Tequila hat and a velvet blazer

He rocked a Denada Tequila hat and a velvet blazer

Fist bump: Liam was seen fist bumping his friends in the stand

Fist bump: Liam was seen fist bumping his friends in the stand 

‘How was I married to this person for this long and I had no idea that that bit of character was tucked within that human being?’ she asked.

Evans released a song titled, Over For You, in October 2022, just before the divorce was finalized.

Lyrics in the track include ‘How long have you been waiting/To take our pictures down?/How long have you been breaking?/Why am I just finding out?’ and ‘What do you tell your parents?/What do you tell yourself?/Was it something I was missing/Or is there someone else?’

The songstress released her own EP on Valentine’s Day called Rolling Up With The Welcome Mat, with one track titled, Blindsided.

Some lyrics in the tune also referenced to their split: ‘Like that one time in 2019, before that big show, we had a big fight/I slept on the couch and then the next night you put on your suit/I put on a smile and sang about how it’s okay to cry, dying inside.’

Just after the interview was released, Evans took to Instagram to release a brief statement, accusing her of lying in the interview.

‘It’s really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved will all my heart, saying things that aren’t reality and that leave out what really happened,’ he penned.

All love: Stokes shared a sweet picture with Ballerini to Instagram last week

All love: Stokes shared a sweet picture with Ballerini to Instagram last week

Divorced: Ballerini's new romance comes seven months after she divorced Morgan Evans; seen in March 2022

Divorced: Ballerini’s new romance comes seven months after she divorced Morgan Evans; seen in March 2022 

Ballerini both confirmed her romance with Stokes and opened up about her relationship with Evans, claiming she spent 'many a night' sleeping on her couch

Ballerini both confirmed her romance with Stokes and opened up about her relationship with Evans, claiming she spent ‘many a night’ sleeping on her couch 

The Kiss Somebody singer-songwriter added, ‘She knows I’m not the type of guy to speak on those things publicly. If this is what she needs to heal, I hope it helps.’

‘All I ask if that if you’re on my pages, please don’t be mean. Don’t be mean to Kelsea, don’t be mean to each other. Life’s too short,’ Morgan concluded.

She also revealed during the interview that she had never seen Stokes’ show Outer Banks, but she just slid into his DMs.

‘I just swan dove right on in. His handle is ‘@hichasestokes,’ and I said, ‘Hi, Chase Stokes,’ Ballerini admitted.

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