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Hunter Hayes, Libby Barnes, CMA


Who is that next to Hunter Hayes?

That seemed to be one of the frequently asked questions last night at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards after cameras revealed the young country crooner was sitting alongside a gorgeous young lady. She was later identified as Libby Barnes, a Nashville makeup artist and hairstylist—and more importantly, Hayes' rumored girlfriend!

"I have a very lovely date actually. She's gorgeous, and very sweet, too. I'm really lucky," Hunter gushed during a pre-CMAs interview. Although the pair barely made their public debut last night, the 23-year-old star has reportedly been dating Libby for a couple of months now.

As for how the fans are dealing with this news...well, there are mixed reactions:

—Additional reporting by Lindsey Caldwell

What do you think of Hunter Hayes' rumored girlfriend? Sound off in the comments!

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