"That was when I was like, there's a fundamental difference here."
Kelsea Ballerini has opened up about her divorce to Morgan Evans during an appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast. She revealed that she knew their marriage was over when she realised she “wasn’t ready for kids” when Evans wanted to become a father.
"That was something that we had talked about early on, and that was something that I was changing on," she explained to host Alex Cooper. ''Cause he was ready. He was like, 'I don't want to be an old dad,' is what he kept saying. And I was like, 'I'm not there yet, and I can't do that to save this and give you something that I'm not ready for.'"
At one point Ballerini said she visited her doctor with the idea of looking into freezing her eggs when she turned 30, which was still a year and a half away. She only later revealed to Evans that she wanted to follow that direction.
"It was not a good day," she said. "And I think that was when I was like, there's a fundamental difference here that has happened, that has shifted. And it's no longer like, I don't see this person, I miss this person, I'm alone, I'm lonely. It's like, he wants something out of life… [and] I'm not there."
She continued, "And whether I'll get there or not, I don't think it's with this person if it is. And I think internally in hindsight, that's where I went like, 'I think maybe we need to rethink this, Kels.'"
Ballerini said the egg-freezing conversation confirmed that she and Evans "were on different pages," and she eventually filed for divorce in August after almost five years of marriage. They finalised their divorce three months later.
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Since January, Ballerini has been linked to Outer Banks actor Chase Stokes. The pair first sparked dating rumours after Stokes posted a photo of them getting cosy at a college football game.
Following a preview of the Call Her Daddy podcast last week, in which Ballerini confirmed that she was in a relationship, Stokes shared an image in his Instagram Story of Ballerini kissing him on the cheek. “imy❤️,” (I miss you) he wrote, as she is currently on tour.
In the podcast, Ballerini revealed she made the first move when she slid into his DMs.
"I was ready to open back up," she said. "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."
Shortly after the trailer for Ballerini's Call Her Daddy episode dropped, Evans shared a statement to Instagram that claimed the singer's recounting of events "aren't reality."
"It's really sad for me to see this person, who I spent so much of my life with, and loved with all my heart, saying things that aren't reality and that leave out what really happened," Evans wrote. "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," he added. "All I ask is 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."
He concluded by writing, "Life's too short."
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