‘Southern Charm’: The Real Reason Naomie Olindo and Craig Conover Split Up

Craig Conover is officially thriving. The Southern Charm socialite has launched a new line of clothing and designs, including a throw pillow collaboration with grande dame Patricia Altschul. And fans are happy for him, too! With all of the drama currently boiling over between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis during their custody battle, and with Thomas Ravenel’s sexual assault cases earning him the boot from Bravo, there’s a lot of drama to get you down.

But it wasn’t always this good for Craig Conover. In fact, Craig had a tough time dealing with the emotional fallout of his split from ex-girlfriend Naomie Olindo. So why did the couple actually call it quits?

Procrastination gets in the way

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Craig Conover has discussed how his interest in sewing drew some mockery from folks who might view the hobby as feminine — a rather socially outdated perspective. As a result, some fans were wondering if Naomie broke up with Craig because of the hobby and how it looks to others. Naomie was quick to put those rumors to bed.

“People think, ‘Oh, why can’t you support his sewing?’ It had nothing to do with me not wanting a boyfriend who sews. I don’t care at all about that. Hobbies are important, and I thought it was great,” Naomie told the Daily Dish.

She went on to add, “The reason I had a problem with it was Craig is a procrastinator, and he was using sewing as a way to procrastinate doing things that he actually needed to do, you know, important things. … Instead of doing something that he had a deadline on or whatever, he’d just sit and sew all night, not the actual fact that he sewed.”

Feelings of regret

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After Naomie broke up with Craig, some fans were incensed at what they felt was poor treatment towards Conover. Naomie addressed this herself, actually, saying she wishes she had been kinder.

“Oh my gosh, I think that’s probably my biggest regret. It’s funny because now I’m in such a different headspace than I was eight or nine months ago, and so watching back how angry I was all the time, and I’m like, ‘Why did you let this drag out so long? Why didn’t you just get over it and act like a nice human being?'” Naomie told the Daily Dish. “It’s very weird just to watch back, just the anger, really. I wish I had been nicer to him because Craig is such a nice person. He’s like a puppy. I wish I hadn’t been such a bitch, but oh well. It is what it is now.”

Naomie also mentioned that she felt as if the couple simply weren’t as compatible as they had thought. “I think it was just a culmination of things that at the end of it, we were just two very different people that couldn’t get along,” explained Naomie. “It was sad because we did care about each other. You saw, we just could not get along. I was 22 when we started dating [she’s 25 now]. When I was younger, you just start dating someone because you have a couple things in common, and you’re attracted to each other and you have fun together. You don’t think about the attributes that would make you get along with someone, their work ethic, and all the different adult things that matter that don’t matter when you’re a 22-year-old kid.”

Finding Craig again

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After the breakup, Craig Conover was struggling with his mental health. Craig felt as if Charleston just wasn’t the place to be after his breakup. The city maintains various tight social circles and held a lot of memories for the socialite, so he escaped for a summer in the Bahamas.

He came back feeling energized, and re-invested himself in his sewing preojects. “Sewing has been a point of inspiration, an outlet for creativity, a method to decompress and a way for me to stay true to myself. In the past, I was mocked for enjoying the art and craft of sewing, but now – I’m excited to focus on what brings me and so many others so much joy,” said Conover.