Country music star Zach Bryan nearly died when their utility vehicle flipped in a scary crash this week, according to his girlfriend, podcaster Brianna LaPaglia.

“Two nights ago, Zach and I got into a traumatizing side-by-side crash. It flipped a bunch of times, everything shattered and Thank God we had our seatbelts on. But there was a lot of blood, and we thought … we were saying goodbye to each other,” said LaPaglia, the Barstool Sports personality known as Bri Chickenfry.

LaPaglia, who visited Syracuse last year with her “BFFs” co-host Dave Portnoy, said Bryan suffered a huge gash on his arm that required stitches. The scary incident happened in Arkansas, where Bryan was scheduled to perform May 13-14 at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock; Bryan was seen wearing a bandage during Tuesday’s concert, according to People magazine.

“He got all stitched up. We were like like, ‘Oh my God, thank God, like it didn’t hit an artery.’ It was just a huge gash. We were OK. We are happy and alive,” said LaPaglia, 24.

Bryan, 28, has not commented on the crash, but thanked LaPaglia, his “muse,” for her love and support.

“This lady holds the weight up of everyone around her day in and day out. Through these month long tour runs, to my degenerate ass making an album,” Bryan wrote. “I don’t understand how the hell you hold it together when people around you can’t. Thank you forever and always no matter what.”

Bryan is a country singer-songwriter and a U.S. Navy veteran from Oklahoma. He recently released his fourth album and is known for songs like “Something in the Orange,” “Sun to Me,” “Dawns” (feat. Maggie Rogers), “Heading South” and the Grammy-winning “I Remember Everything” (feat. Kacey Musgraves).

According to People, LaPaglia was first met Bryan last year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, when she asked for a photo with him. Two months later, LaPaglia confirmed they were dating and has occasionally shared glimpses of their life on tour together on social media, where she has 2.1 million followers on TikTok.

“I will be that annoying person. I will spend the rest of my life saying, ‘wear your seatbelts,’” she said. “If you get anything from me that I’ve ever posted in my whole entire social media career in the past five years, it’s wear a seatbelt.”

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Zach Bryan performs during the Windy City Smokeout at the United Center on July 13, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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