These days, country superstar Kelsea Ballerini is a woman madly in love, having married her boyfriend of nearly two years back in December. But if you鈥檝e listened to her second full-length album, Unapologetically, you know she鈥檚 seen her fair share of heartbreak. That鈥檚 not a bad thing, though 鈥 in fact, the 24-year-old views it as a blessing.

鈥淚鈥檓 really thankful for those times,鈥 she tells Brit + Co via telephone. 鈥淭he things I learned from that breakup [were] a big part of me finding what I wanted and how to be treated 鈥 and how not to.鈥

That truth is apparent on tracks like 鈥淕raveyard,鈥 in which she sings, 鈥淎nd I don鈥檛 wanna be another heart in your graveyard/In the cold hard dirt that you throw down/I don鈥檛 want to watch you drive away in a black car/To a new bar so you can find another.鈥

These days, Ballerini is 鈥渆xactly where I鈥檓 supposed to be, with who I鈥檓 supposed to be with鈥 鈥 singer/songwriter Morgan Evans.

Evans swept the Grammy nominee off her feet after the pair met co-hosting the CMC Awards in Australia. Now they鈥檙e navigating the nuances of the music industry 鈥 and their newfound fame 鈥 hand-in-hand. 鈥淚t鈥檚 awesome,鈥 she says of married life. 鈥淲e鈥檙e kind of walking a parallel.鈥

She isn鈥檛 kidding. Both burst onto the music scene with breakout debut albums less than five years ago. Their careers have since taken off, hurtling onward and upward at breakneck speed. 鈥淲e have to fight to have time together,鈥 she shares. 鈥淚t鈥檚 really intentional.鈥

It has to be. From June 9 through November 3, the 鈥淵eah Boy鈥 singer will be on the road with Keith Urban for their GRAFFITI U tour. 鈥溾榌It鈥檚] really the whole rest of my year.鈥

For the Tennessee-born musician, who still counts herself a fan of the artists she tours with, the coming months will be a chance to both do what she loves (鈥淢y favorite thing to be able to go is to go into artist mode鈥) and take in a show 鈥 just like everyone else.

On the road isn鈥檛 the only place where she mingles with fans, either. Just two weeks ago, she crashed a prom in her hometown. 鈥淚t was actually really random,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 was in Knoxville for one of my friends鈥 graduations [when] this big group of kids came in looking gorgeous.鈥

So, she did what any good-natured superstar would do 鈥 she found out where they were headed and stopped by to say hello. 鈥淚t was kind of cool to pop in. I definitely went to proms, but there鈥檚 just something about your hometown.鈥

It was a move one might expect from Ballerini鈥檚 pal Taylor Swift, who sparked a friendship with the prom-crasher when she promoted聽Ballerini鈥檚 music on social media back in 2015. 鈥淭he thing that I admire the most is the fact that she鈥檚 kept her songs and her fans at the forefront of her career,鈥 she says.

Unlike her friend, however, Ballerini has no plans to cross over into pop anytime soon. 鈥淚鈥檒l always be rooted in country music. It鈥檚 where I鈥檓 most comfortable.鈥

As comfortable as one can be when fame takes hold seemingly overnight, anyway. 鈥淚 think there鈥檚 always moments where I look up [and go], I never thought I鈥檇 get to do this. I still freak out. 鈥 It still surprises me so much.鈥

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