Of all of the shocking hookups on Bravo’s Southern Appeal, Naomie Olindo’s make-out session with Whitney Sudler-Smith is probably a prime contender.
Throughout an ungainly episode, Naomie’s ex Craig Conover realized of the kiss. His response verged on rage – although he repeatedly acknowledged that he wasn’t mad at Naomie.
In an interview with ET, Craig opened up about his response to the hookup. He felt that Naomie and Whitney’s encounter was “bizarre.”
“I used to be very stunned by every of them,” stated Craig. “I simply didn’t see Naomie, this individual that dated me — it was some time in the past, however nonetheless — ever being with Whitney in that method, as a result of at any time when we had been collectively, she had an opinion about Whitney. And there’s vital age hole. It’s simply weird.”
He added, “Mainly, I felt like I used to be within the circus, or the home of horrors, the place I used to be similar to, issues can’t get extra loopy than this … There had been rumors round city, clearly, as a result of Charleston’s not that large … They’d been noticed having espresso within the morning, and a pair occasions close to her home.”
Craig went on, “When Austen informed me, I couldn’t cease laughing … And [Whitney and Naomie] principally informed me, I wanted to get critical about it, and I used to be excited for everybody. I believed it was going to be nice for the present.”
In response to Craig, his unfavorable response was triggered by Whitney’s failure to be sincere.
“The reactions weren’t primarily based on a make out,” he insisted. “However I hope to God and also you get to see that [in upcoming episodes], as a result of I feel some extra data comes out subsequent week, which ought to be fairly humorous.”
“I feel you’ll get to see this develop — hopefully — as a result of they filmed rather a lot collectively,” he continued, “and I feel it’s implausible.”
The Naomie/Whitney ‘circus’ was simply one of many points that emerged on the forged journey. One other sideshow was his disagreement with Shep Rose, who advised Craig was distancing himself from his buddies (i.e. Shep and Austen).
“I’m solely the place I’m at right this moment as a result of I needed to minimize some negativity out of my life, and people who weren’t pushing me ahead,” stated Craig, “and that’s OK. Daymond John, I talked to him one time and he stated, ‘If pals are pulling you down, then you definately don’t owe them something,’ and there was a time that Shep was pulling me down and I wished to go in a unique path. And that path was fantastic for him, it simply wasn’t for me.”
“I simply began to do extra stuff, and my time wasn’t spent with Shep anymore,” the 33-year-old shared. “After which Austen [Kroll] went down a bizarre path final summer season. I feel he dissatisfied himself, he dissatisfied me, and I had some critical points with trusting him. So I simply wanted to take a step again and discover positivity.”
Craig was alluding to Austen’s drama on Summer time Home, the place the 35-year-old fashioned an ungainly love triangle with Ciara Miller and Lindsay Hubbard, which resulted in chaos.
“Austen’s a candy man, he simply does dumb stuff generally,” stated Craig. “His intent is often in the appropriate place, however he simply shoots himself within the foot. However he’s doing method higher than he was. Nicely, yeah… I imply, he’s in a a lot better place. How on earth can anybody clarify an Austen? I like him to loss of life, however I by no means know why he does half the stuff he does.”
“After we [all] began to hang around once more …. there was some unfinished enterprise,” Craig defined. “So Shep and I, if we ever attempt to speak about something actual or our previous, we’re going to butt heads as a result of the one purpose we get alongside now’s we’ve accepted that we don’t agree on something.”
“I imply, I’m not going to name you out in case you don’t carry it up, and I’m fantastic with how I really feel you’ve handled me prior to now,” Craig went on, “however the second he tried to take credit score for the place I’m at in life now, or Stitching Down South, is the place I drew the road. I used to be like, ‘No, I’m not going to sit down right here and take heed to that stuff. For my part, you tried to tear me down for a very long time.’”
Regardless of every thing, Craig added that “we actually do love one another.”
“The boys are good, and we do an important job of bouncing again,” he shared. “Like I stated, Shep and I simply must comply with disagree and we’re good. However he was additionally in a troublesome– I feel on that journey is when him and [girlfriend Taylor Ann Green‘s] points type of began to actually get away of the privateness of their very own residence, and there was quite a lot of stress and strain occurring there.”
Though the season 8 preview hinted on the downfall of Taylor and Shep’s relationship, Craig was stunned to be taught of the latest breakup.
“Taylor loves Shep for Shep, which who knew we had been ever going to search out somebody that basically cherished him for who he was, or who he’s?” stated Craig. “I didn’t suppose that the breakup would get this critical. I used to be fairly sure that they might make up. Nevertheless it seems to be just a little extra actual of a breakup than I noticed coming. So it’s just a little unusual.”
Craig additionally addressed the post-breakup relationship of Austen and Madison LeCroy. The hair stylist has frequently poked enjoyable at her ex, each within the present and the press.
“I do know that Madison likes to mess with him,” shared Craig, “however I feel we’re previous the main on and him liking her. That’s been gone for some time now. Now it’s extra of similar to, I do know I can flick you and piss you off, and that’s what I’m going to do, as a result of it makes me chortle.”
Earlier than the season 8 premiere, Craig and Madison shocked followers as they revealed their renewed friendship (after he screamed at her within the season 7 reunion, and advised they’d by no means be pals once more).
“I imply, I don’t suppose [Austen] likes it, however Madison and I’ve been pals for a very long time,” stated Craig, “and her and I’s dispute was over somebody that I used to be relationship on the time. So as soon as that individual was eliminated, Madison and I had been capable of be buddies once more.”
“I imply, to talk frankly, it’s not why we’re pals, however I’d a lot reasonably be allies with Madison than enemies,” he defined. “I imply, I don’t must ever do what I did final yr once more.”
As Craig prepares for the upcoming reunion, the Stitching Down South businessman revealed his ideas.
“I feel not like final yr, the place I had some enterprise to debate with different folks, some stuff to recover from off my shoulders, I feel I will probably be on the receiving finish of that this yr,” he stated. “I’m good with everybody. If I noticed anybody on the forged proper now or in our pal group, I might give them a hug, however I don’t suppose that’s how everybody else feels. So we are going to discover out whenever you guys do.”
Craig can also be making ready for his one-year anniversary with girlfriend Paige DeSorbo, who’s a foremost castmember on Summer time Home.
“I feel I’ve solely had one one-year [anniversary] in my life, and I forgot it as a result of I used to be younger and silly,” he shared. “So that is my first, official one-year anniversary, and I’m going to attempt to do one thing particular. I feel that might be good. However yeah, we had been simply speaking about it final night time, as a result of we had been like, what’s the protocol? And I type of performed dumb and I used to be like, I don’t know, what are you alleged to do?”
Craig advised that we shouldn’t anticipate a proposal, but.
“I feel that’s going to be round a yr and a half to 2 years,” he stated, “however you’ll get to see just a little little bit of that on Summer time Home this yr. That’s what’s humorous although, with TV and with social media, it appears rather a lot longer than it’s been. It’s about to be a yr — which is nice! — however there’s nonetheless some development and rising, and we nonetheless reside in numerous cities. So I feel there’s nonetheless extra to look at to see us determine our future.”
Southern Appeal season eight airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on Bravo.