Kelsea Ballerini celebrated Chase Stokes’ 31st birthday this past weekend on Saturday with a special tribute post shared to her Instagram — which included a screenshot of exactly how she slid into his DMs before they started dating.
The DMs show Ballerini sending the Outer Banks star an introductory message at 1:07 a.m. that read “hiii chase stokes.” Two hours later, the actor responded, “hey there how u doin.” Ballerini shared her nickname — and a blushing-face emoji — and wrote, “I’m kels, nice to meet you.” Stokes gave the message a red-heart reaction, and the rest was history.
“Happy birthday, my sweet virgo. @hichasestokes,” the “Mountain With a View” singer captioned the post, which featured several intimate snaps the two have taken together since they started dating.
Fans in the comments section of Ballerini’s post couldn’t help but admire her courage for starting up the conversation. “It’s you shootin your shot at 1:07am for me,” one fans wrote, with another adding, “it’s the for real ‘how it started versus how it’s going.’” A third fan said that sliding into the DMs can be worth it sometimes — “Moral of the story, shoot your shot girlies.”
Ballerini spoke about her relationship with Stokes in August during her visit to Today. “I’m so happy. He’s here too. It’s nice to feel so supported and seen,” she told the show hosts, sweetly adding that the actor is “such a wonderful human being.” The two recently appeared alongside each other at the 2023 VMAs on Sept. 12.
See Ballerini”s Instagram post below.