Lauren Alaina Is Dating Comedian John Crist After Ending Engagement Earlier This Year

Lauren Alaina and John Crist
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They met when she slid into his DMs!

Lauren Alaina has a new man in her life!

Following her January split from her former fiance, Alex Hopkins, the singer, who came in second place on American Idol back in 2011, is dating comedian John Crist. The duo announced their relationship on The Bobby Bones Show on Tuesday, with Alaina revealing that she first met Crist on Instagram.

"I responded to one of his Instagram videos," she revealed.

"We call that sliding into DMs," Crist quipped.

"And I said, 'Haha you're funny,'" Alaina added. "He said, 'I too grew up performing in church in Georgia. That was his first response to me."

"Why did I say that?" Crist lamented.

"I was like, 'Does this guy know everything about me?'" she recalled with a laugh.

In actuality, Crist immediately looked up Alaina on Instagram after seeing the verified check mark next to her comment on his post.

"We joked around because the only reason we're here is that she had a blue check mark by her name," he joked. "... I looked her up because I didn't want to be like, 'Who are you?' so I went to, I guess your Wikipedia page, and that's what it said right at the top. So I was like, 'Oh, I guess we have that in common."

"So you just decided to throw it in there immediately?" Alaina asked.

"Looking back it was the wrong move," he admitted.

Despite his initial misstep, Alaina couldn't help but gush over her man during the interview.

"He's hilarious. He's very funny," she said, before revealing the role she plays in his career. "I have helped quite a bit in his jokes... I don't get any credit. And I was just told that people get paid to do that and I've been doing it for free."

"Yes, we are in a relationship, but I'm here for the inspiration," he jokingly agreed. "You know how Taylor Swift, when she breaks up with someone, she has a hit song? That's kind of like what we're doing here."

Crist also brought up another funny part about their relationship -- their age difference. 

"I'm 35. Her mom is 45. She's 24. So I'm closer to her mom's age than her," he explained. "When her and her mom are always arguing about stuff, I'm literally in the middle. I'm like, 'Babe, actually, your mom makes some good points. You should save your money.'"

"... My buddy the other day, he's like, 'John, you realize when we were going to prom she was in first grade?'" he added. "I was like, 'You don't have to say it like that exactly.'"

"I was actually in third grade," she responded through laughter.

While the couple said they're not thinking about an engagement anytime soon, Alaina does maintain a list of her favorite baby names.

"We literally just started dating and she already has a list of baby names," Crist revealed. "I was like, 'This is a little early for this.'"

"That is not true," she said. "If I hear a baby name and I like it I put it in a baby name folder. But it has nothing to do with him. It's just whoever I have kids with, this is what my kid's name is gonna be... I think John knows I'm not really making plans to have babies."


Following their interview, Alaina hilariously took to Twitter to respond to pics of her looking nervous and giggling during the sit-down.

"I don't look nervous at all," she quipped. 

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