‘Southern Charm’s Craig Conover: New ‘Boundaries’ Are Set With Naomie After Their Hookup
Southern Charm returns for season 8 with extra drama than ever. Familiar faces are coming into the fold in Charleston, together with Craig Conover’s ex Naomie Olindo and new love Paige DeSorbo. One of the most important reveals of season 8 is that Craig and Naomie attached in Las Vegas earlier than the cameras began rolling. Given this hookup, HollywoodLife requested Craig whether or not or not this and Naomie’s return, on the whole, had an affect on his relationship with Paige.
“No. I mean, she doesn’t have an impact on it, but a lot of times people don’t have to hang out with their exes,” Craig advised HollywoodLife. “That undoubtedly added accelerant to the fireplace that’s Southern Charm. She dealt with it properly. She known as me and requested if I used to be okay together with her coming again. I feel we’re actually inclusive folks and we’re like, come on again. I feel it’d be good for the present and for viewers. Her being round a lot this season undoubtedly causes battle, not between me and Paige, however you’ll see that she undoubtedly provides to the recipe.
The “conflict” Craig is speaking about seemingly has to do with the strain between Naomie and Kathryn Dennis. “When Naomie left, she left with middle fingers in the air when she moved to New York. She was like, screw Southern Charm. Screw those people. She was harsher on certain people, and I think Kathryn feels like she was attacked by Naomie during that time,” Craig revealed.
Craig admitted that the aim has at all times been to “be civil” with Naomie. “You’ll see that certain boundaries have to be established during the season, and you’ll see how we work through that. But yeah, we’re civil, which is great,” Craig mentioned.
Craig’s girlfriend Paige is properly conscious of the highs and lows of actuality TV after being on Summer House. Paige comes right down to Charleston in season 8 and finds herself wrapped up in what’s occurring with the Charmers. “She kind of wanted to see why we were so crazy and nutty and what Charleston was like, so we showed her. The dynamics are different in the South, and she got pulled into some things, but she had a lot of people watching to do,” Craig mentioned. Shep added, “She tiptoed around a little bit as you should and observed.”
The season 8 trailer hints at severe hiccups for Shep and girlfriend Taylor Ann Green. Their relationship has extra of a highlight on it than ever earlier than within the new season. “I went into it knowing full well we were going to be under the microscope because in season 7 we had just started dating and it was all new and fresh,” Shep mentioned. “It was all daisies and daffodils, and that’s not going to happen again. I knew that. I kind of stupidly walked in or set traps for myself and walked right into them a couple of times. It’s a testament to Taylor’s patience and understanding, but it was a very rocky season or three months basically of our lives. But we made it through. We’re doing really, really well.”
In addition to relationship drama, Craig and Austen Kroll seem to get right into a bodily battle sooner or later within the season, and Shep will get right into a screaming match with Austen. “I think bourbon was a common theme in both of those instances,” Shep admitted. “Austen’s skated by or tried to skate by this season and stay out of any trouble because God knows he’s been embroiled in a lot of trouble in the years past. Maybe Craig and I secretly resented that and sort of took it to him.”
Craig advised HollywoodLife, “I get frustrated with Austen a lot. He does a lot of things that drive me absolutely bananas, and I just sweep it under the rug instead of addressing it appropriately. That’s kind of what happens when you do that. It all comes out at once. Austen’s dated some of my friends, and he’s been involved with them. He just frustrates me a lot, and he had betrayed my trust a couple of times last summer. So you’ll see all that come up.”
After a whirlwind relationship and breakup with Madison LeCroy, Austen has discovered a brand new love in Olivia Flowers. “She couldn’t be more different than Madison,” Shep mentioned about Olivia. “She’s really kind and sweet. She’s very good friends with Taylor, and I’m thrilled at the prospect of them moving forward and being a great couple.”
While Madison seems within the season 8 trailer, Shep revealed that we gained’t see as a lot of Madison as in seasons previous. “Actually, Madison was not all that much into the fold this season,” Shep advised HollywoodLife. “She had her own life that she was living and chose not to exhibit it on national television, so that means that like, honestly, we didn’t see that much of her.”
Craig revealed that he and Madison have truly “made up” within the 12 months for the reason that jaw-dropping season 7 reunion. “I like having her around. She always stirs the pot,” Craig mentioned. Shep famous, “She’s a wild card. She’s unpredictable, and therefore she’s a little dangerous. Maybe that’s good for TV.” Southern Charm season 8 will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.