The first season of Southern Charm New Orleans featured plenty of drama involving Reagan and Jeff Charleston. Early on, there were signs of trouble, with Reagan looking to move into her own French Quarter apartment and the pair drunkenly fighting after leaving a party. By the time the finale rolled around, she was breathing a sigh of relief when a pregnancy scare turned out to be a false alarm.
Given the tension in the marriage, few fans were shocked when shortly after Season 1 ended the Charlestons announced they had split. Now, in Season 2, the ex-NFL player is adjusting to life as a single guy since his divorce from his jewelry designer/lawyer wife. And he has someone to guide him through his new bachelor life: fellow cast member Jon Moody.
Jon Moody and Jeff Charleston’s bromance
Moody told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that he and Charleston first connected since he also understood what it was like to go through a difficult breakup. The pair found a way to bond through their shared love of sports and working out.
“We just got so connected through training and working out together. We had that mutual understanding that we handle things a lot alike because of being athletes,” he explained.
Moody explained that he was able to draw on his own experiences and help his friend as he transitioned into his new life after the end of his marriage. “I just wanted to be there for Jeff,” he said.
In addition to being a supportive friend, Moody also give Charleston a new look early in Season 2. Will anyone else be getting a similar update to their wardrobe? Maybe. The stylish artist hinted that Justin Reese could be next in line for a makeover.
Adjusting to Reagan’s new relationship
Charleston’s ex moved on quickly after the couple’s divorce, and she and her new husband Reece Thomas just welcomed a new baby in June. Moody admits that getting used to having Thomas around was a bit awkward at first, but those feelings passed once Charleston made it clear that he was comfortable with his former wife’s new relationship.
“When Jeff started communicating that he was fine with the situation, that’s when I think more of us opened up to understanding Reece,” Moody explained, adding that he thinks Thomas is a “great guy.”
His advice to young artists
A Southern Charm New Orleans fans know, Moody is an accomplished artist whose paintings have appeared in shows like Empire and hung on the walls of the White House. And he promises viewers that they’ll get a chance to see more of his work before Season 2 of the show wraps up.
“There’s a lot more to come,” the Savannah College of Art and Design grad said. “I don’t want to say too much,” he teased, but he did hint that it would have to do with communicating a message about what’s important to the youth of New Orleans. Moody also said that he was working on a big show for this year’s Art Basel.
Moody credits his parents for supporting his desire to pursue a career as a painter. And he has some advice for young artists who are wondering how they can follow a similar path.
“If you can’t believe in yourself when everyone else doubts you, no matter what your career path is, then it’s not going to work,” he said. “You have to believe in your vision even when your family doesn’t and your closest friends don’t. That’s the most important thing.”