Kelsea Ballerini has officially thrown away the welcome mat for good.

The 29-year-old singer has brought her breakup EP Rolling Up The Welcome Mat up to date to suit her current stage in life with the new six-song project Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good).

Nearly a year after filing for divorce from fellow country singer Morgan Evans, Ballerini has completed her healing era and has moved on.

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This collection includes an updated version of wildly successful ballad “Penthouse (Healed Version)” which blew up on TikTok as fans filmed themselves lip singing to the lyric, “I kissed someone new last night / But now I don’t know where you’re sleeping, baby.” Now, the singer delivered new lyrics to suit her new chapter in life,“I kissed someone new last night / And now I don’t care where you’re sleeping, baby.”

It wasn’t long before the singer-songwriter said, “I think I’m going to keep these lyrics.”


penthouse (the healed version) ????. i think im gonna keep the lyric swap, yeah?

♬ original sound – Kelsea Ballerini

“Blindsided” includes the version Ballerini played on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, responding to her ex-husband’s ballad “Over For You” which hosted the lyric, “I would have searched the whole world over for you.” Her response, “You would’ve searched the world world over? Yeah, sure, okay.” A little bit of sass to his heartbreak, huh.

The EP also hosts an extended version of “Interlude” changing it from its original 46-second take to two minutes and twenty seconds. Ballerini noted that she heard “INTERLUDE NEEDS TO BE A FULL SONG KELSEA COME ON” loud and clear. The “Interlude” is real and raw, depicting Ballerini’s must inner thoughts and feelings.

“We really turned goodbye to a game to a hobby / You collected bones, but I buried the bodies / All this back and forth, well, it’s feeling pretty sloppy / Paste, copy.”

“How Do I Do This” depicts stepping back in the dating world post divorce. The “Peter Pan” songstress is now dating Outer Banks star Chase Stokes after she slid into his DMs in December.

She sings, “They say to get out with the old, you get in with the new / And I haven’t been on a date since I was 22 / My friend has a friend and they say they’re my type / And then they texted me once / And then they texted me twice / Saying, ‘Are you free Saturday? I know a spot’. / So, I typed out a couple million ways to respond / But I landed with ‘Yes’ / Shit, so where the hell is my dress?”

With this release comes a favor, be nice. She confessed on her Instagram page, “with this, comes a favor. from the deepest and purest part of my heart, i ask that you help this be ours and let the music simply be the music, not dig back into the experience that it was written about nearly a year ago. as a songwriter, producer, artist i’m proud and protective of this EP, and as a woman and human also proud and protective of the new, happy season of life i’m in.”


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