Kathryn Dennis is back in the news. But, this time it has nothing to do with a battle over her children or sending ignorant texts and not knowing what they mean. Last season, the Southern Charm star faced accusations of racism and falling off the wagon. She has maneuvered numerous allegations during her tenure on the show, but most can be traced back to her own questionable decisions. Kathryn has never walked the path of least resistance, instead heading straight into conflict.
Kathryn’s troubles seemingly started when she decided to have relations with Thomas Ravenel. Thomas has a sketchy past and trouble tends to follow him like a puppy, but Kathryn wasn’t deterred. One child lead to two and a passionate love affair ended amid jealousy and harsh mudslinging. Both parties have moved onto other relationships. And T-Rav even added a new baby into the mix. While Thomas finds himself engaged to his new baby mama, Kathryn is taking steps as well. Chleb Ravenell has been in the picture since the summer 2020. Their union has no signs of slowing down. Recently Kathryn revealed she and Chleb no longer just share a fondness for Fendi, now they share a whole apartment.
The new (and somewhat improved?) Southern Charm has a mind of its own. Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll’s messy relationship has brought a ton of new drama into the mix that has us saying Thomas Ravenel who? And while the show started off as being an inside look into Charleston’s elite, now real-life athletes and A-Listers are getting in the mix, making the whole storyline even juicier.
As we know, Madison apparently has a thing for athletes. She allegedly signed an NDA after FaceTiming with Alex Rodriguez, who is engaged to the Jennifer Lopez by the way. She’s also claimed that she and Jay Cutler had a thing, but that might have just been a total dig at Austen. He and Craig Conover become close friends with Kristin Cavallari, so Madison was doing what she does best — fighting with him about it.
Whitney Sudler-Smith is no stranger to cast hookups, whether he is denying being involved in one or just watching the carnage unfold around him. He has an uncanny way of side-stepping the drama on Southern Charm season after season. Whitney just seems to have the long-game in mind and doesn’t sully his name with any reality show tart.
Whitney’s one weak spot was Kathryn Dennis. He denied hooking up with her in Season 6, claiming a southern gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. Clearly he learned his lesson after she chose Thomas Ravenel over their brief hook-up during the premiere season and his ego now suggests he act otherwise. But maintaining good decisions can’t be easy.
The latest season of Southern Charm showed off an entirely new vibe. OGs like Cameran Eubanks, Thomas Ravenel and more were out. The show confronted racism, the pandemic and everything in between. The only thing that stayed the same was Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll’s turbulent relationship, and it escalated to new heights.
By now we know Madison has a thing for athletes. She’s allegedly FaceTimed with Jennifer Lopez’s fiance Alex Rodriguez and apparently signed an NDA about it. We also know that she has a thing for Jay Cutler, and that thing seems to be making Austen jealous. She was super pissed when Austen started hanging out with Jay’s ex Kristin Cavalleri, and thus began one of the messiest relationship webs in reality TV history.
It’s the year 2021, and we’re somehow still caught up in the drama between Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel, even though he isn’t even on Southern Charm anymore. Their relationship has been a mess since Season 1, but took an especially dark turn in the past year.
Season 7 kicked off with the two apparently living together, which shocked and confused us all. It seemed like they might try to rekindle their flame for the 500th time until Thomas did was Thomas does, and secretly had a baby with another woman. Since then, the custody battle over their two kids has gotten ugly. Thomas alleged that his son, St. Julien Rembert Ravenel was “formerly diagnosed with FAS due to Kathryn’s excessive drug and alcohol consumption while he was in utero,” according to court papers. He also claims Kathryn, who has publicly struggled with drugs and alcohol, uses cocaine and leaves it accessible to their kids.
The latest season of Southern Charm covered a variety of twists and turns. Many episodes followed the Southern BLM movement and cast-members getting publicly called out for racism. Fans also saw the cast navigate the very early days of the pandemic. On a more superficial note, there were a few love triangles to keep up with. The greatest shock of all? Perhaps seeing Thomas Ravenel sipping coffee with Kathryn Dennis in episode one. Personally, I was floored.
At the time, the two were living together. It still boggles the mind. Later, fans learned Thomas was also preparing to father his next child with a woman Kathryn had no awareness of. In more recent months, these two have had all their court proceedings aired out. And it hasn’t been pretty, especially for Kathryn who is up against possibly the slimiest creep we have ever seen on Bravo.
Shep Rose has been a mainstay on Southern Charm since the beginning. He’s a womanizer, a party animal, and a bit of a late bloomer.
And now Shep can add author to the list, as he just released his book Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar, about his life, relationships, and his time on the show. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet. However, I’m not exactly dying for life advice from a 40-year-old frat boy who has family money. But at least he knows what it takes to make good TV, unlike Landon Clements.