‘Southern Charm’: Naomie Olindo Is Ready To Wed, While Craig Conover Can’t Seem To Move On
It has been more than a year since Southern Charm stars Craig Conover and Naomie Olindo called it quits, and the exes currently find themselves in very different places. Olindo is in a relationship with Dr. Metula Shah and is ready for a long-term commitment, while Conover struggles to move on.
Naomie Olindo says she made a ‘complete 180’
According to Entertainment Tonight, Olindo says her relationship with Shah is “so normal, so stable, and nice,” which is a “complete 180” from her explosive insult-filled relationship with Conover. She says that after he survived his first season of shooting Southern Charm, it’s clear that Shah is “the one” because starring on a reality TV show is “not his thing.”
“Putting your relationship on TV can be very toxic, and it’s very scary, because it opens up criticism to other people, and people can just say whatever,” explained Olindo. “Metul and I had a really good understanding before of how things were going to be, and how we were going to take it if anything was criticized, but he’s got very thick skin, too.”
Naomie Olindo thought things were fine with Craig Conover after their split
Olindo admits that she wasn’t sure how Conover would handle watching her relationship with Shah on Southern Charm, but she thought he would ultimately be OK with it because they were still friends.
“We saw each other out all summer, he would shake Metul’s hand, everything was fine. And then, some things came out that Craig had said about me and about Metul that just didn’t add up to how he acted in front of us to our faces, and so that was kind of difficult to deal with,” says Olindo.
Olindo’s Southern Charm co-star Danni Baird explained that there is no awkwardness between Conover and Shah, but Conover’s behavior in the Season 6 premiere was a result of him “realizing his feelings.”
Conover said in the premiere that he didn’t want Olindo to sacrifice her own happiness to prove that she was right about ending her relationship with him. The 30-year-old later tried to clarify what he meant, saying that he hopes she really likes Shah and quickly moved on to the new relationship for the right reasons.
No pressure on the relationship
Olindo says that there was a time when she was happy with Conover, but that is over now, and she is with someone who makes her feel balanced. She says that everything is right with Shah, but that could be hard for Conover to see, so she doesn’t try to “rub it in his face.”
Even though things are going great with Shah, the Southern Charm star says she isn’t putting pressure on the relationship, and she doesn’t think they will get engaged anytime soon. She explained that Shah is still in his residency, and still has things he wants to accomplish.
“I’m in no rush,” says Olindo. “I just know I want to be with him.”
Conover says he was ‘100 percent depressed’
After his three-year relationship with Olindo came to an end, it was then that Conover realized he was “100 percent depressed.” The Southern Charm star said he it took the end of his relationship to realize the true state of his mental health.
“I have a whole new respect for it because it does cripple you,” says Conover. “I’ve never been depressed before, and I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know how bad it was until I got on the other side.”
He explained that seeing his Charleston home in shambles surprised him because he didn’t realize it looked so bad. However, his messy home was a reflection of how he was feeling, and he admits “it was bad.”
Conover turned to travel to help him get through the breakup and his depression. He went to the Bahamas after last season’s reunion because he realized he still had a lot of anger towards Olindo. He says that the breakup didn’t make sense, and his brain couldn’t process what happened.
Conover discovered a world outside of Charleston
When Olindo went public with Shah, Conover says he knew it was time to move on but doing that in Charleston was difficult because “The dating circle gets really small.” When he realized he was liking people that were friends of his ex, Conover decided it was time to get out of town.
First, he went to New York and discovered that there is life outside of Southern Charm and Charleston, but it was his time in the Bahamas that led him to being happy for the first time in a long time. Conover says he felt healthy and happy when he found a spot at Marsh Harbour and ran back home to pack two large suitcases then returned to the Bahamas for a two-month stay.
“I got to take a step back and laugh at myself. I finally just hit that phase of being over stuff. I got to be a part of nature again and just reminded myself who I was,” says Conover.
Southern Charm airs Wednesday nights on Bravo.