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.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey was smitten with Mike Hill from the jump. They even had the cute nickname, “CHill.” She put it out in the universe that she wanted to marry Mike in 2020. The model was previously married to Peter Thomas, but they called it quits in 2016.
Mike asked for Cynthia’s hand in marriage on July 26, 2019 at the grand opening of the Bailey Wine Center. The RHOA star was shocked! You know what else was shocking? Finding out that Mike and his ex-wife used to watch the show, and Cynthia was their favorite Housewife. Wow.
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.
Madison LeCroy really brought her own individual brand of messy to Southern Charm. Her tumultuous (and thankfully former) relationship with Austen Kroll was hard to watch from the beginning. All the way back to the world’s most hilarious video of her catching Austen having an alleged threesome. Madison has a special way of pushing Shep Rose’s buttons. And she has a thing for flirting with A-list athletes to piss of Austen, Craig Conover and anyone else who has a problem with her.
Last season of Southern Charm, particularly the reunion, was full of bombs like no other. Craigy was done playing nice with Madison, and revealed she was FaceTiming Alex Rodriguez while he was engaged to Jennifer Lopez. The tea only got hotter from there — with rumors of NDAs, deleted scenes and a whole lot of Madison acting like her hands were totally clean in the situation. ARod’s strategy has been deny, deny, deny, which is probably why his engagement to THE Jennifer Lopez fell apart. JLo doesn’t have time for foolishness.
Madison Lecroy has definitely brought her own brand of something to the most recent seasons of Southern Charm. Her toxic relationship with Austen Kroll was like watching a train go off-the-rails in real-time. She made her co-stars visibly uncomfortable with her treatment of Austen, and this is before the news broke she was secretly FaceTiming Jennifer Lopez’s FORMER fiance Alex Rodriguez. Austen wasn’t off the hook either, playing into this nasty back and forth dynamic.
But Austen and Madison are FINALLY done for good, aside from getting buddy-buddy at a mutual friend’s wedding recently. And now that Bennifer is taking over the A-list celebrity news feed, Madison apparently felt comfortable enough to debut her new boyfriend to the world. And Southern Charm fans, don’t get your hopes of. It’s definitely not Whitney Sudler-Smith. But can you imagine how messy that storyline would be? However, her new beau could be a dead ringer for Craig Conover, minus the pillows.
Series that were filmed during 2020 for Bravo were either a hit or a miss last year. With the coronavirus pandemic totally flipping everything on its head, the cast members from some of the shows just couldn’t bring it like they usually do. For example, something was really off with shows like the Real Housewives of Orange County and the Real Housewives of Dallas. Real Housewives of New Jersey brought it as always. And then some shows, like Summer House and Southern Charm, were a major surprise. They proved that no matter what’s going on in the world, there is always shade to be thrown and drama to be had.
Southern Charm took on the Black Lives Matter movement, several cast members getting COVID-19 and the exposure of Madison LeCroy’s FaceTime dates with Alex Rodriguez while he was still engaged to THE Jennifer Lopez. So there was no shortage of mess to be had or pots for Shep Rose to stir. And as for Summer House, the good vibes tribe tackled working from home from the Hamptons house. And all the extra time definitely proved to increase some tension between the roommates.
Bravo is also giving fans the gift of several new shows, including the Real Housewives All-Stars series and the Southern Charm/Summer House mashup. Dubbed Winter Charm by fans, the show will include the New York crew joined by Austen Kroll and newly single Craig Conover for a winter vacay. It’s unclear if Hannah Berner is involved now that she’s leaving Summer House for a comedy career or whatever. But no matter who’s there, the show is sure to be filled with plenty of Loverboys to go around and even more drama.
Madison LeCroy has worked double-time to get a full-time spot on Southern Charm. Since she busted Austen Kroll cheating on her, Madison has not been afraid to be explosive and polarizing, which at least makes for good TV. Like the SC reunion episodes was really the Madison and Austen show, as they went back and forth with Craig Conover and Shep Rose getting right in the middle.
At the reunion, it was revealed that Madison’s penchant for athletes expands way beyond her rumored “hookup” with Jay Cutler. The FaceTime dates with Alex Rodriguez, the then-fiance of Jennifer Lopez, were heard around the world. There were rumors of NDAs, secret DMs and a whole lot of messiness. Since the news broke, JLo and ARod called of their engagement because obviously, a superstar like JLo doesn’t have time to be with a man chasing after Instagram models.