For every ending, there’s a new beginning — just ask Blake Shelton, who announced in late 2022 that he’s leaving The Voice after more than a decade. Season 23 marks his last season on the NBC series, and on the heels of his exit, The Voice welcomed two new coaches.
Filling in for John Legend and Camilla Cabello are Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper. While Niall rose to fame as part of the British pop group One Direction, Chance dropped his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap, in 2013.
Since then, a lot has changed for the star — including his net worth and marital status. So, who is Chance the Rapper’s wife? Here’s everything we know about Kirsten Corley Bennett!
Who is Chance the Rapper married to? Meet his wife, Kirsten Corley!
Chance and Kirsten’s years-long love story began when they were kids.
In a 2019 Twitter thread, Chance revealed that he was only 9 years old when he first “locked eyes” with Kirsten, who he described as “the prettiest girl” he had ever seen. After watching his one-day wife and her friends perform their rendition of a classic Destiny’s Child song at a party, Chance, who was a dancer himself, was smitten.
However, he didn't introduce himself at the time. “This wasn’t the time or the place,” he tweeted. “Not just because it wasn’t my party, not because it was their moment to dance, not even ’cause I was nervous about dancing in front of folks.”
“It’s ’cause I knew I was gonna marry that girl and I ain’t wanna jump the gun,” he continued.
They eventually found their way back to one another at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in 2012. Upon returning to Chicago, they struck up a romance. The two finally made things official in 2013, exactly 10 years after their first encounter.
In 2016, three years into their relationship, the couple put their romance on pause; however, the high school sweethearts reconciled months later.
Chance popped the question in 2018 at a backyard BBQ and the two married in 2019 at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif.
During their relationship, Chance and Kirsten have welcomed two children together — Kensli and Marli.
Chance the Rapper and his wife sparked divorce and cheating rumors in 2023.
In April 2023, rumors swirled that Chance may have been unfaithful to his wife of four years.
The infidelity reports surfaced after a video of Chance at Jamaica Carnival circulated. Chance attended the festival for his birthday weekend and celebrated with a dance from Trinidadian model and influencer Mela Mizz, per All HipHop. One of Chance’s friends propped him up in the clip as Mela shook her booty against the Grammy winner.
After the viral video’s release, Chance received plenty of criticism from social media commenters. Many were stunned to see the “Coloring Book” artist dancing with someone other than his wife. However, others familiar with reggae or dancehall pointed out that Caribbean dancing requires an extra flair many in the U.S. probably aren’t aware of.
Despite the style of Chance’s dancing being popular among Caribbean people, several commenters believe Chance’s actions were enough for Kirsten to file for divorce. Neither Kirsten nor Chance has made any announcements regarding the “D” word yet, and the couple is still together as of this writing.
Chance's time on The Voice, however, seems to still be going strong. Catch him on Season 23 Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.