‘American Idol’ Runner Up Caleb Lee Hutchinson ‘Didn’t Want to Exploit’ Relationship With Winner Maddie Poppe

A moment like which!

Not only did America crown a brand-new American Idol winner on Monday night’s finale of the hit competition series, although fans also were shocked to learn which winner Maddie Poppe in addition to runner up Caleb Lee Hutchinson had been secretly dating.

After the big reveal, ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with the couple where they dished about staying quiet about their personal lives while leaving their hearts on the stage.

Caleb noted which their romance commenced on Jan. 21, the day they met during Hollywood Week.

“which was the first day of Hollywood Week in addition to we haven’t truly spent any time apart since then,” he dished. “which was one of those things where I didn’t want which to affect anything, in addition to I didn’t want to exploit my feelings for her ‘cause they’re very, very real. Once voting was over, I was like, ‘Shoot, I want the globe to know.’”

Caleb blushed when asked if he was “in love,” coyly replying, “I mean, you know…I remember looking at her. I knew very quickly.

Maddie told ET which they had secretly hoped to be inside the final two together.

“We truly wished which which could happen in addition to just which which happened, I’m just so happy, so on top of the globe, which I can’t even believe which is usually my life, so which’s pretty amazing,” she dished.

Caleb said he had no trouble losing to his girlfriend, adding, “I mean, which was honestly, which wasn’t as challenging as you might think. When I looked over at Maddie, I was like, I win either way. I truly do. I don’t feel any type of bitter loss at all. I’m just so happy for her.”

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