Are Laine Hardy And Laci Kaye Booth Dating? New Details On The 'American Idol' Contestants' Dating Rumors

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Are Laine Hardy And Laci Kaye Booth Dating? New Details On The 'American Idol' Contestants' Dating Rumors

It's not just Katy Perry that thinks American Idol contestants Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth have crazy chemistry — fans do too! What sparked these rumors? The contestants performed an amazing duet of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's "Jackson." The performance let judge Katy Perry warn last season's show couple Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson to watch out. Laine, 18, is from Louisiana. Laci, 23, is from Texas. Are these southern born and raised singers dating? Or are fans projecting on to them like Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (and, let's face it, every single time to two are within sight of each other). Are Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth dating? Let's look at the facts and rumors...

1. They are always together

Laine and Laci have been close since Hollywood week. Even their moms became very good friends — which wasn't a stretch, they're both southern moms with a lot in common. Laine and Laci spend much of their time together working on their music and talking to each other through each round as well as talking about the similarities in how they grew up. 

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2. Laci Kaye Booth

Laci Kaye Booth is a 23-year-old from Livingston, Texas, a town of roughly 5,000 located 75 miles north of Houston. She was born on August 28th and is a student at Sam Houston State University. Her father is country singer Jody Booth. For most of her life, she was estranged from her dad, but they reunited when she was 15 and she recorded some music with him. She credits music with bringing her closer to her dad. Laci has dreamed of being on American Idol since she was 7. She was obsessed with the show and voting for Carrie Underwood. 

3. Laine Hardy

This isn't 18-year-old Laine Hardy's first go-around on American Idol. The Lafayette, Louisiana native appeared on the show last year and reached the Hollywood Round in 2018 as a high school senior. He was a big part of the promos for American Idol's first season on ABC. When he auditioned with Band of Heathen's "Hurricane," the judges felt he didn't have enough confidence and he didn't make it past the top 50. Now he's back and in the top six. 

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4. So, are they dating?

Are Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth dating? Well, technically yes — but not each other. Laci has been dating Caleb Bullock for more than a year and Laine reportedly also has a significant other. Laci said: "My boyfriend is kinda weirded out. Of course, it's gonna make him uncomfortable. It would make me uncomfortable if I was in his shoes. But he knows Laine and he loves Laine so much.” 

Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long-distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.