Caleb Lee Hutchinson Talking About Girlfriend Maddie Poppe Winning “Idol” is the Cutest Thing Ever

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Well, y’all, “American Idol” is over and Maddie Poppe was officially named the winner of season 16!

During the finale episode, it was revealed that the top two contestants, Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson, are actually an item, which pretty much shocked everyone. After Maddie was crowned the champion, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the couple backstage and they couldn’t stop gushing over each other.

When asked what it felt like to be in the final two with his girlfriend, Caleb said it wasn’t as hard as you might think. “When I looked over at Maddie it was like, I win either way,” he said.

They then asked how he managed to keep their relationship a secret considering the fact that they’ve been inseparable since Hollywood Week.

“It was one of those things where I didn’t want it to affect anything and I didn’t want to exploit my feelings for her because they are very, very real. Once voting was over I was like ‘Shoot, I want the world to know.'”

Sweetest. Ever.