Lauren Alaina reveals she met her new boyfriend on Instagram after ending engagement

Lauren Alaina is back in the dating game.

The "American Idol" runner-up, 24, and her high school sweetheart ended their engagement in January 2019, calling it quits after six years together. But she's found someone new, the singer revealed on "The Bobby Bones Show" this week — and she met him through Instagram.

The guy in question is comedian John Crist, who took notice of Alaina after she responded to one of his comedy videos. Boasting a million followers, Crist has built a major following through social media, but something about this particular online exchange felt special.

"I too grew up performing in a church in Georgia," he wrote.

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My new single, “Ladies In The ‘90s” coming October 5th. #FeelingLikeI’mBritney #IMSOEXCITED ✨
#ad Stagecoach? More like stagecouch 🛋 yesterday was amazing. I got to play a show I’ve dreamed of playing my entire career, and I got to help make a difference too. Be sure to swipe over and see the pic and boomerang from Neighborhood Of Good @statefarm and @notesfornotes Those girls are future stars. It was so nice to meet them.
Pretty shore this place suits me. I love it two pieces. 👙 🏝
I’ve gotta “hand” it to my team. They came in “clutch” this year for @cmt Awards. I’m in Love-ender with this look. Make-up: @merigrayfernandes Hair: @koriekendrickhair Styling: @amberlehman & @carriesmithmorgan Moral Support and Margaritas: @edengerlock123 @trishamcclanahan @_alex_hopkins Dress: @johnpaulataker Clutch: @benedettabruzziches Earrings/Ring: @hueb Bracelet: @mattia_cielo
No one’s gonna “crimp” my style with this hair. I bet you thought I’d go for the Orange pun. “Orange” you glad I didn’t? 🍊
Vanity Hair ;)
Diva Las Vegas. I feel like the pig tails really com-pleat my outfit. 💕 hair: @hairmedal_amber makeup: @merigrayfernandes
AYEEEEE-CMs @acmawards #acmawards
Seth, I adMEYER you so much. It’s an honor to be on @latenightseth. Y’all be sure to tune in tonight @sethmeyers #LNSM
I’m “flipping” out just like my hair when I met @blakeshelton for the first time. I can’t believe we start the #friendsandheroestour today. #throwbackThursday
Happy New Year 🎉
Trying to think of a caption that matches my hair. I want it to get straight to the point.
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The comic has joked about their 11-year age gap onstage (he's 35 and she's 24), but it didn't really land, he admitted.

Alaina and her longtime boyfriend, Alex Hopkins, said in January they had "grown into very different people over the last six years."

PHOTOS: Lauren Alaina with ex-fiance Alex Hopkins

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Being yours forever has a nice “RING” to it. #HoppilyEverHopkins @_alex_hopkins WE ARE ENGAGED. EEEK. 💍❤️
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Lauren Alaina (L) and Alex Hopkins attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
This week was pearlfect. We came. We Nassau. We CONCHered. 🐚 @_alex_hopkins
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"Kissed" 2017 goodbye with this guy. 2018-LET'S DO THIS😘 @_alex_hopkins
Really had to "roll" with the punches with my main "dawg" last night. We are still together. I think. Haha. 🏈 #rolltide #godawgs @_alex_hopkins
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Alex Hopkins (L) and Lauren Alaina attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Alex Hopkins (L) and Lauren Alaina attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Lauren Alaina (L) and Alex Hopkins attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
This may be the HIGH-light of our EMPIRE trip. @_alex_hopkins #EmpireStateBuilding
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina (R) and Alex Hopkins attend the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Reference my face in this picture to see how I feel about getting to see my favorite guy today. I had a blast on the #sideeffects tour in Canada, but I sure missed him. Ps: this picture is from my "TWENTY-THREEdom Rings" birthday party. We don't usually dress like this, or do we? 🇺🇸🙃@_alex_hopkins
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Singer Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards - After Party at Rocketown on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
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