‘Southern Charm’: Who is Naomie Olindo’s New Boyfriend?

Southern Charm stars Craig Conover and Naomie Olindo broke up more than a year ago today. While Conover has moved on with a renewed focus on his work with fabrics and sewing, he seems to have remained relatively unmoored and directionless in the romantic realm. Naomie Olindo, however, has found herself a new flame entirely — Metul Shah. According to Olindo, Metul Shah has changed her life entirely. So who is her new flame, and what happened between Conover and Olindo?

The Craig and Naomie split

When Craig Conover and Naomie Olindo of Southern Charm fame split up, fans were curious as to the reason why. Some fans speculated that Olindo was unhappy with Craig Conover’s sewing hobby and that it was perhaps the final straw. However, Olindo was eager to clear the air on that count. 

“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

Olindo revealed that it wasn’t the sewing itself she had a problem with. Rather, it was a behavior that Conover’s sewing put on display. “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.”

Olindo also told the Daily Dish that she felt terrible for dragging out their relationship and getting aggressive with Conover. “Oh my gosh, I think that’s probably my biggest regret,” said Olindo. “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?”

Who is Metul Shah?

Southern Charm’s Naomie Olindo started dating Charleston physician Metul Shah in April of 2018, meaning the couple has been going strong for over a year now. Metul Shah is an anesthesiologist, and, according to Olindo, prefers to keep their relationship out of the spotlight. 

“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,” said 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.”

Olindo says the two met at a public gathering, and her initial reaction was to go get him. “I remember I saw him out and was like, ‘He is hot. I want to date him,’ ” said Olindo.

Shah is still completing his residency in Charleston, which he began in 2017. According to Olindo, Shah takes his work very seriously. “He would never stay out late. He wouldn’t even drink the night before he had to work because people’s lives are at stake,” explained Olindo.

Naomie’s feeling good

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According to Naomie, her romantic life has truly taken off. Since beginning her relationship with Metul Shah, she says she feels happier. Olindo said during a recent episode, “I have a new boyfriend and I’m just happy as a clam. Metul is one of the smartest people I know. He’s nice, he’s hot, he’s cool, he’s fun, he’s got abs! And he likes me back, which is wild.”

According to Olindo, Metul is a killer dancer. “He makes me want to do better… He’s an amazing dancer, I have probably hundreds of videos of him dancing. Metul, he’s really helped me [see] I don’t need to go out all the time and people also shouldn’t be pressuring you to do it,” explained Olindo.