The men of Southern Charm are very familiar with, well, making disappointing decisions. Shep Rose’s womanizing ways. Craig Conover’s law school lies. Austen Kroll’s threesome video. Don’t even get me started on Thomas Ravenel. The only man we can truly rely on is Michael Kelcourse and his picture-perfect martinis. But throughout seven seasons, most of the men have grown up, even a litttttle bit. Look at our Craigy — owning his own law firm and making big business out of his sewing. Shep has even settled down with a girlfriend, which still shocks me. As for Austen, well, at least he stopped the toxic cycle with Madison LeCroy, albeit, that should’ve been over a long time ago.
While the main Southern Charmers are changing for the better, the side characters are still proving that sometimes, dudes just suck. AKA Naomie Olindo’s now ex-boyfriend Metul Shah. Naomie and Metul got together after her split with Craig, and he seemed to finally be her prince charming. She even up and moved to NYC for him, just for this man to have THE AUDACITY to cheat on her. What a shame. Even Craigy knew not to mess up that bad and Naomie was still the one that got away.
When Naomie Olindo was a mainstay on Southern Charm, she was a bit of an underrated star. Sure, her relationship with Craig Conover was downright toxic, but I also appreciate a girl who knows what she wants. And for Naomie, that apparently didn’t involve a sewing machine WHATSOEVER. Naomie wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand up for her friends. She called out J.D. Madison to his face for his alleged infidelity. She defended Kathryn Dennis against vicious attacks from supervillain Ashley Jacobs. And she was genuinely friends with members of the cast prior to the show. #JusticeForNaomie
And who could forget Naomie and Craig’s dramatic break-up? It was like a trainwreck you couldn’t stop watching. Naomie seemingly found love with Metul Shah, leading her to depart from Southern Charm in general and move to New York City to be with her man. But, men, why do they always have to be so disappointing? The couple split this week amid rumors that Metul was NOT being faithful to Queen Naomie. I bet even Craig is shaking his head at this, despite the hard feelings.
Summer 2021 has been a lot of things. Hot girl summer. Vaccinated girl summer. Also the summer where Bravo is really trying to make a Summer House and Southern Charm crossover happen, over and over again. It’s only a matter of time before Summer House Winter Charm premiere, in which Austen Kroll and Craig Conover join the good vibe tribe on a snowy vacation. And now that Craig is single as a (John) Pringle, he’s trading in Charleston bar crawls for Hamptons white parties.
Craig has been having a pretty good year. He opened a pillow store in Charleston, signed a book deal and finally seems to have grown up and found his passion in life. But who knows now that his ex Naomie Olindo appears to be single again if Craigy will go crawling back to his first love, or keep living life Shep Rose style with Austen as his wingman. Only time will tell.
Ladies, never let a man (or anyone) tell you what to eat. Despite fans of Southern Charm seemingly rallying around Naomie Olindo’s new relationship with Metul Shah prior to her exit from the show altogether, things were always a bit off in my opinion. Negging is not a love language people!
Following her split from Craig Conover, Naomie found love in a hopeless place. She fell into the arms of a very fine anesthesiology resident. Too bad he never treated her with a shred of respect even with several cameras in his face. Always a great sign!
Craig Conover has grown quite a lot since the early days of Southern Charm. His lies about law school put his cat Gizmo right in the middle of his toxic relationship with Naomie Olindo. After their split, Craig leaned into his sewing game heavily. Now he’s got his own pillow company and brick-and-mortar store. He also finally opened his own law firm to prove to his naysayers that he really was getting around to finishing law school. Just, at his own pace which definitely wasn’t fast enough for a go-getter like Naomie.
Even his feud with Austen Kroll’s ex Madison LeCroy cooled down a bit. Well, after Craig exposed Madison for her FaceTime dates with Alex Rodriguez that may or may not be responsible for the reunion of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Needless to say, there have been plenty of surprises throughout the seven seasons of the show. The only thing that remains the same these days is Patricia Altschul’s afternoon martini habit.
Craig finally seems to be on the up-and-up after suffering a bit from Peter Pan syndrome. But that seems to be part of the deal when you’re friends with Shep Rose. Now that Shep has grown up a bit, totally credited to his girlfriend Taylor Ann Green, Craig has too. He’s got a podcast with Austen among his new business endeavors and the two will be making an appearance in the Summer House/Southern Charm spinoff, Summer House Winter Charm (that NAME). Craigy’s been living the single life, hanging out with Paige DeSorbo and begging Kristin Cavallari to appear on Southern Charm. And I have to root for him – he can be immature at times but seems to have a good heart. And I only want good things to come for Craig and his pillows.
One of the most underrated characters throughout all seven seasons of Southern Charm is Patricia Altschul’s partner-in-crime, Michael the Butler. Michael and Patricia are the epitome of class and old wealth in Charleston. Michael is always around to photograph Patricia in her dog-covered caftans and make her the perfect martini afterward. He’s seen plenty of characters come and go from Southern Charm, and through Patricia’s mansion, which means you could only imagine the secrets he’s harboring. And he’s more than just an employee — he’s really a part of Patricia and Whitney Sudler-Smith’s little family. Including their sophisticated pups.
Southern Charm fans were heartbroken to hear when Michael Kelcourse suffered a spinal cord stroke at the beginning of this year. Patricia shared a website with updates on his recovery, which she has said is “progressing rapidly” since the stroke. Michael has since been moved into an assisted living facility for rehabilitation. And it looks like Patricia and Whitney have been by his side to wait on him hand and foot for a change.
Madison LeCroy is the Southern Charm diva that we never knew we needed. Kathryn Dennis had no problem serving up drama, especially while she was still involved with Thomas Ravenel. And now that Thomas is gone, Kathryn is left to bicker with Danni Beard. That and to try and defend her poor choices on social media. Slowly, our favorite unpredictable southern belle has been replaced.
Kathryn can be vulnerable and rash. Madison is confident and wily with the opposite sex. Drama follows her, especially when it has to do with her ex-Austen Kroll. Maybe it’s a control mechanism. There’s another pair that are better off not having any contact. Of course, Madison joined the big leagues when she revealed her relationship with Alex Rodriguez at the Season 7 reunion. She denied having any influence on Alex’s subsequent split from Jennifer Lopez, but Madison managed to embroil herself in between one of the most famous couples in America. Bravo Miss LeCroy.
If there is one Southern Charm cast member who has put in the work to earn their Bravo paycheck, it’s Madison LeCroy. She swindled her way on the show thanks to her relationship with Austen Kroll. Or rather, a clip she captured of him allegedly cheating on her with two women that blew up on the internet. Their relationship only got more toxic by the episode on both sides. And while Austen went high, Madison went higher. To get specific, she went after A-list athletes like Jay Cutler and Alex Rodriguez to get under his skin. She’s even taking credit for the Bennifer reunion because why not? Jennifer Lopez and ARod did end their engagement after rumors about the MLB star having FaceTime dates (complete with NDAs) with Madison emerged during the SC reunion.
Madison and Austen truly brought out the absolute worst in each other. And side comments from Craig Conover, Shep Rose and nearly every other cast member just added fuel to the fire. Last season got nasty, particularly on Madison’s side. But frankly, after some of the stuff Austen put her through, I couldn’t totally fault her. Like Patricia Altschul says, he’s just not her Budweiser. But maybe he’ll be someone’s Trop-Hop someday, but it’s clear it’s not Madison.