Who is Zach Bryan's Girlfriend, Brianna Chickenfry? All About Their Romance

The couple made their red carpet debut at the 2024 Grammys.
Zach Bryan and girlfriend Brianna Chickenfry
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Updated Feb 06, 2024

She's the sun to him. Zach Bryan and his girlfriend Brianna "Chickenfry" LaPaglia are as happy as ever—as confirmed by their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2024 Grammy Awards. The rising country music star, 27, began dating the Barstool Sports personality, 24, in the summer of 2023. Their romance has taken the internet by storm, especially as the Oklahoma native's career continues to flourish. (In February, he secured his first Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Pop Performance for his collaboration with Kacey Musgraves on the smash hit "I Remember Everything.")

Considering much of his music has to do with romance, fans can't help but wonder, who is Zach Bryan's girlfriend? Here's everything to know about his love life.

Does Zach Bryan Have a Girlfriend?

Zach Bryan's girlfriend is Brianna "Chickenfry" LaPaglia. They have been together since the summer of 2023. The influencer confirmed their relationship status during an episode of her Barstool podcast, PlanBri Uncut. "I think I might have some stuff to address: I've been hanging out with a guy named Zach," she said during the episode.

Zach Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia met earlier that year at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 11, 2023.

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Who Is Zach Bryan's Girlfriend, Brianna "Chickenfry" LaPaglia?

Zach Bryan's girlfriend is Brianna LaPaglia, otherwise known as Brianna Chickenfry. The 24-year-old social media personality rose to fame on the video-sharing platform Vine, where she coined her nickname. In one of her viral videos, she compared her legs to Burger King's chicken fries, and it stuck.

Years after Vine shut down, Brianna's popularity on TikTok skyrocketed in 2020 when she began posting candid videos about her life as a college student. Amid her rising fame, she dropped out of college and landed a job at Barstool Sports. Today, the content creator hosts multiple podcasts and has amassed over two million followers on TikTok and nearly one million on Instagram.

How Zach Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia Met

Zach Bryan and his girlfriend Brianna Chickenfry met at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 11, 2023. When she spotted him at the event, she asked for a picture together. At the time, the two were both in relationships with other people. Brianna confirmed that they "didn't say anything to each other" apart from her asking to take a photo.

Zach Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia's Relationship Timeline

How long have Zach Bryan and Brianna Chickenfry been together? Here's a look inside their relationship timeline, from May 2023 to today.

May 2023: Zach Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia Meet

Zach Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia at the 2023 American Country Music Awards
Photos: Omar Vega | FilmMagic

Zacy Bryan and Brianna LaPaglia met on May 11, 2023—and their first encounter was documented! The social media personality asked the signer for a photo together when they crossed paths at the Academy of Country Music Awards. That was the extent of their interaction, though; Brianna confirmed that their conversation was solely about taking the picture.

May 2023: Zach Bryan Splits From Deb Peifer

Later that month, Zach Bryan announced his split from his ex-girlfriend, Deb Peifer. He shared a statement on X, writing, "Things are mutual between us, we're leaving with plenty [of] memories and good times. I beg so much that everyone respects her and my privacy through a hard time."

June 2023: Brianna Chickenfry Appears On Stage with Zach Bryan

Brianna Chickenfry and Zach Bryan crossed paths once again that summer, when she co-hosted his concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York alongside fellow Barstool personality Josh Richards. According to Brianna, they didn't talk at the event…but Zach slid into her DMs a few days later.

During an episode of her BFFs Podcast, she shed more light on how they began talking. "I was still with my boyfriend at the concert. And then, a few days later, me and Joey break up. And [Bryan] had already broken up with his girlfriend, and then he f---in' slid into my DMs," she recalled. "I made a podcast after we went onstage and was like, 'Eat the rich besides Zach Bryan' and he posted it and then he DM'd me and said, 'That was so sweet, thank you guys for coming.' And then we just started chatting."

July 2023: Brianna Chickenfry Confirms Zach Bryan is Her Boyfriend

Within a month, Brianna Chickenfry and Zach Bryan officially began dating, which she confirmed on an episode of her second podcast PlanBri Uncut. "I think I might have some stuff to address: I've been hanging out with a guy named Zach," she said during the episode. When prodded for more details by her co-host Grace O'Malley, she said they had been seeing each other for about three weeks. "It's fun, it's casual... just wanted to address it because the whole internet is freaking the f--- out and people are doing s—" she said.

Despite wanting to keep the budding romance private, the influencer said that heightening internet buzz and speculation led her to open up sooner than anticipated. "We're just hanging out, having fun, and that's where I've been, that's what I've been doing, that's what I'm gonna be doing for a little bit. We'll see where it goes, and I'm happy," she added.

August 2023: Brianna Chickenfry Opens Up About Her Boyfriend

In August, Brianna took to her BFFs podcast to share more about the early days of her relationship with Zach Bryan. "I thought we were just going to get away with it for a little bit, 'cause I knew what the reaction was going to be because I just got out of a relationship, he just got out of a relationship," she told co-host Dave Portnoy, adding that she received "a lot of hate" for the romance. During the episode, which Brianna filmed in her boyfriend's house, Zach popped his head into the camera frame to wave and say hello.

October 2023: Brianna Chickenfry and Zach Bryan Pose With Her Dog

By the fall, Zach Bryan and his girlfriend Brianna Chickenfry were still going strong. The content creator posted a photo on Instagram showing her boyfriend kissing her cheek with her dog, Boston, sitting between their legs, captioning it, "Better days."

February 2024: Zach Bryan and Girlfriend Brianna Chickenfry Make Their Red Carpet Debut

Zach Bryan and Brianna Chickenfry at the 2024 Grammy Awards
Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times | Getty Images

The 2024 Grammys were a big night for Zach Bryan. Not only did he win his first award for Best Country Duo/Pop Performance for his duet with Kacey Musgraves on the song "I Remember Everything," he made his red carpet debut with his girlfriend. Zach Bryan and Brianna Chickenfry walked the red carpet together, looking sleek in corresponding black ensembles.

Brianna shared a touching message to her boyfriend after the event, writing, "Being with Zach and seeing the hard work he pours into his music has been nothing short of incredible to watch. To hear him effortlessly write some of the most beautiful words I've ever heard is a blessing. I wish everyone could see how hard he works behind the curtain."

She continued to celebrate his nomination for Best Country Album, adding, "Best album of the year in my book. Cheers to all the songwriters. Proud of you and proud to love you @zachlanebryan ❤️"

Zach posted his own photo dump of memories with his girlfriend from the evening, saying, "Don't need anyone telling me who the winner is with you guys in my life, thank you for one of the funniest nights I'll remember forever."

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