Craig Conover Opens Up on Relationships Heading Into ‘Southern Appeal’ Season 8

Eight seasons into Southern Appeal, life is fairly good for Craig Conover. Enterprise is booming for Stitching Down South, which features a retailer within the coronary heart of Charleston. And in a match made in Bravo-verse heaven, his relationship with Summer time Home” Paige DeSorbo is blossoming regardless of tons of of miles between them.

Alternatively, it is not all rainbows and butterflies for the “Pillow King” on the subject of his friendships with Austen Kroll and Shep Rose. Then there’s the dangerous blood between the fact present’s OG and Madison LeCroy, to not point out his ex Naomie Olindo returning to city. The primary episode units the tone for the season with Kathryn Dennis’ thirtieth birthday celebration.

Earlier than the premiere, Conover sat down with TV Insider to catch us up and tease what’s to return.

It is exhausting to consider that is the eighth season. Over the last reunion, Andy Cohen spoke about the way you most likely used the platform of the present one of the best and had discovered a lot success in consequence. How is it trying again at your evolution?

Craig Conover: For some time, I most likely would not have relished the actual fact all these years have been recorded. Although a number of it’s embarrassing, I am pleased that it’s recorded and folks can watch that development and journey as a result of it ends in a cheerful place. Or it will get to a cheerful place. This season you may get to see a number of Stitching Down South’s interior workings. It has been a rollercoaster of a experience, however I feel viewers will get some encouragement and positivity. Tomorrow is the following day for the remainder of your life. It has all been a number of enjoyable and pushed me to the purpose the place I’m in the present day.

It appears you’ve got achieved a number of soul-searching since final season, particularly on the subject of who you need in your life. The place would you say you stand with Austen and Shep?

Every thing actually comes all the way down to perspective. I feel as you develop, generally which means reevaluating the people who find themselves round you. And that is OK. You might be to an extent the sum of the individuals you hang around with. You must put your self first. I bought to a degree the place I did not essentially really feel like some individuals in my life have been having a optimistic affect on me. It is OK to concentrate on your self. I feel you may see that as we get into the brand new season. I do begin to develop. You will get to see individuals’s reactions to that. Whether or not they really feel omitted or not, everybody must make their very own opinion about what is going on. Typically in life, it’s important to minimize the negativity out.

Talking of which, you were not too good to Madison through the Season 7 reunion. Then got here that viral TikTok between the 2 of you. Was that your means of burying the hatchet with the general public?

She and I did a watch get together for the reunion. I had by no means seen the reunion. It was a really humbling expertise to observe collectively. Madison and I’ve been pals longer than I have been pals with anybody else on our present. Luckily, we made up final yr. I neglect not everybody will get to see that. It was enjoyable to bury the hatchet along with her. I feel we’ve got conflicting tales with the TikTok. The way in which I bear in mind it’s we have been at a marriage and he or she jumped on my again saying, “Can we cease hating one another?” I informed her that I would really like nothing extra. It is OK to maneuver on and apologize. I used to be actually embarrassed watching the reunion again. I used to be fortunate she was proper there with me and giving me an opportunity to be a buddy once more. Numerous my message is no one’s excellent. I attempt to show that. It does not get angrier than it bought final yr between us. It is good to be on the identical group once more.

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We’ll see extra about your relationship with Paige and the challenges you face. How is it to have her extra on this present?

We like to be demonstrative of a wholesome long-distance relationship. Because it goes on longer, it does get tougher and tougher to spend that point aside. We had by no means been 5 days with out seeing one another in the beginning of this season. You will see as our relationship grows, we attempt to minimize that point down. It was nice having her in Charleston. It is quite a bit completely different than New York Metropolis. It was enjoyable watching her fall in love with town and stumble over new kinds and stuff like that. Summer time Home and Winter Home are trip reveals. Southern Appeal is extra into day-to-day life. I am excited for viewers to see extra of my and Paige’s relationship exterior the get together environment.

Then you’ve got your ex Naomie returning this season. What was your preliminary response to her being on the present once more?

When she was going by way of her breakup final summer time, I used to be the primary individual she texted. I feel I used to be good about it. I gave her nice recommendation. She requested me earlier than contacting anybody if I’d be OK along with her attempting to return again, which I revered. I used to be like, “In fact.” I feel we’re fairly inclusive. I believed viewers would like to see a well-recognized face come again. I am all for second probabilities and reconciliations. You will get to see her transition again into Charleston. As she’ll inform you, she burned a number of bridges when she left. I used to be fantastic with it. You must run into exes on a regular basis.

What are you most excited or not excited for viewers to see about this season?

For those who’re a Southern Appeal fan, you are going to love this season. Just a few loopy bombshell stuff occurred. You could not make up some of these items. We have now a bigger group this yr — there may be extra story to comply with. It is going to be a bit of longer season. Transferring a bit previous COVID, it appears like Charleston has come again to life. It is going to be enjoyable and really dramatic in a traditional Southern Appeal really feel. In fact, there’s a query if I am going to have the ability to watch this season. Some episodes are going to be simpler than others. It is an genuine yr — a number of yelling, a number of laughing, most likely some crying, too.

Southern Appeal, Season 8 Premiere, Thursday, June 23, 9 / 8c, Bravo

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