'Idol' stars Hutchinson, Poppe open up about their off-stage romance

August 15, 2018 - 5:17 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- "American Idol" winner Maddie Poppe and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson may be dating, but don't count on the pair recording a duet anytime soon.

"I think we're focused on our solo careers right now," Poppe told 1010 WINS' Kyle McMorrow. "I don't think we want to establish ourselves as a duo because we're not. I think it would be best if we did separate things because he’s got his things, I've got mine. I don't want to step on each other's toes."

Hutchinson echoed his girlfriend's sentiments, chiming in, "I think it's definitely possible that we would collaborate on songwriting and stuff, but we're not a duo -- in life, but not in music. That's what great about [our> relationship. We didn't date because of the show ... I'm dating her because she's the best thing in my life."

Collaboration plans aside, Hutchinson said of their relationship, "What's great about me and Maddie, even though we're young people, we're kind of like an old couple in a way. We'd rather just hang out."

Chimed in Poppe: "Like sit on a couch together."

"I tell her how the gym went, she tells me what she bought," said Hutchinson, laughing. 

Poppe countered, "I tell him what I ate while he was at the gym." 

The pair are definitely spending more time together, as they tour with fellow "Idol" alums as part of the "American Idol 2018 Live Tour," which also features as a special guest, season 8 winner Kris Allen. 

The tour kicks off a trio of New York City-area dates on Thursday in Westbury, N.Y. at The Space at Westbury. On Friday, the tour heads to Morristown, N.J. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center and on Saturday, the tour comes to Englewood, N.J.'s Bergen Performing Arts Center. On Sept. 14 the tour comes to Red Bank, N.J.'s Count Basie Center for the Arts.

As for life on the tour bus, Hutchinson said, "I didn't have much of an expectation ... I can say I'm sleeping in the bus better than I thought would, which is a really good thing. It's really been awesome. I got to see parts of the country that I don’t think I would have."

He adds, with a loving nudge to Poppe, "Maddie went on a rampage and organized the closet, the cabinet and refrigerators."

Poppe concurs she's assumed the unofficial role of den mother. "I think I'm the motherly figure ... I organized the whole bus. Cloroxed, I went through all of our snacks, our cupboards, everything."