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Lauren Alaina is one of the few young country stars in a long-term relationship that hasn’t gotten either engaged or married in the past few months. Kelsea Ballerini, Cassadee Pope, Kacey Musgraves and William Michael Morgan are all planning to tie the knot with their respective loved ones in the next few months.

So, what’s the hold up with Lauren and her boyfriend of nearly five years, Alex?

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Lauren tells ABC Radio, “I told [Alex], ‘You cannot propose just because everyone else is proposing. That is not a thing! Like, we’re not doing that just because it seems to be the trend right now!’”

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Even though they’ve been together for a long time now, Lauren likes to point out that they’re both 22 years old. Right now, she’s super-focused on her red-hot career, which is currently on fire thanks to her hit single, “Road Less Traveled.”

“We’re in such a big, life-changing time,” Lauren adds. “It’s like, we don’t need one more thing to stress about. Let’s just figure out what we’re doing here and then we can have a wedding later at some point if it works out.”

For now, Lauren is gearing up for the ACM Awards, where she’s up for New Female Vocalist of the Year. The show airs on CBS Sunday, April 2.

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