Craig Conover

Two episodes in and it’s clear that Southern Charm Season 5 is a battle of the sexes. After Season 4, Craig Conover and Naomie Olindo ended their relationship, Chelsea Meissner and Austen Kroll broke up, and then there’s Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel, whose relationship (even as co-parents) is almost always on shaky ground.

Craig opened up about his current relationship status, dating on the show, what else we can expect during Season 5.

In an interview with Bravo’s The Daily Dish podcast, Craig confirmed, “I am single.” Then he threw a little bit of shade: “I recently closed a pretty big chapter in my life, but you know, I’m excited that we were able to actually close it, instead of it winding on like some of our other friends.” Cough cough, Thomas and Kathryn.

Craig explained, “You know, we’ve both been kind of able to move on. Neither of us did anything bad, which was great. Nobody stepped out on anyone or cheated or any of that, so there wasn’t really any anger. You know, disappointment. We both kind of obviously wished things were different, but we finally accepted reality and moved on. You will see this year that we both have very different lives now than we did a year ago.”

Craig  was asked if we would see him dating on Season 5. He explained, “This season, it’s talked about and it kind of becomes kind of a conflict because at the end of Naomie and I’s relationship, you know, there’s multiple times this year, you know, that you will see me try to communicate that there is no one I prefer to be with other than her. I’m like, ‘You’re my favorite person. Let’s make this work.’ You know she says, she’s just, you know, done trying, you know, ‘I need to think with my head,not my heart. It’s time to move on.’ It’s going to be a pretty, wild ride this season.” Craig pointed out, “also have the exact same friend group.”

Craig declared, “This year is the battle of the sexes.” He continued, “What everyone will get to see is we are so intertwined and we all have the same friends.” He reflected on Shep Rose’s (very awkward) birthday party: “We all go to support him. What it means is that you have a whole bunch of people who have broken up weeks or months prior who haven’t spoken and they’re all about to be in the same place.”

Craig may not be close with Naomie these days, but at least his relationship with Shep is back on track. Craig shared, “Shep becomes a very supportive and healthy influence in my life with being nice and encouraging. I think he saw how the breaking down approach didn’t help with me. We all help each other out.”

What else can we expect from the rest of Season 5? Craig warns, “Everyone screams this year. It used to just be Thomas and Kathryn and now every single person is yelling throughout the season.” Craig clarified, “It’s not dark. It’s a healthy… It’s just good.” If the rest of the season is anything like the first two episodes, I am all for it. They have really been bringing it for Season 5.

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Tonight is an all new episode of Southern Charm. “Patricia surprises Cameran by planning a glamorous retro baby shower, but not everyone gets an invite. At the shower, Craig and Naomie fall back into old habits and an unexpected guest turns the event on its head. As Cameran begins to face the realities of becoming a new mother, Kathryn makes up for lost time with her kids. Meanwhile, Thomas considers his future with Ashley.”

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