Along with saying that Taylor “ought to” say she’s “sorry” for the remark, Craig, 34, weighed in on Taylor’s reported hookup with Austen Kroll, 36, and mentioned the lingering emotions she and ex-boyfriend, Shep Rose, 43, have for each other.
“I do know that Shep will all the time have deep emotions for her, and she or he’ll in all probability all the time have deep emotions for him,” Craig advised Us Weekly on September 20. “And hanging out along with your ex in all probability isn’t the reply. So, Charleston doesn’t permit you house, so we’ll see.”
Whereas Taylor and Shep’s relationship got here to an finish final summer season after two years, the break up was adopted by an encounter between Taylor and Austen — a detailed pal of Shep’s and the ex-boyfriend of Taylor’s pal and castmate Olivia Flowers, 31.
Relating to the potential for a love connection between the 2, Craig stated a romance could be “too messy” and credited the alleged hookup to the “bizarre relationships” they had been each a part of in 2022.
“Austen and Olivia [breaking up] was largely Austen’s fault that it was bizarre,” Craig famous. “[Austen and Taylor] had been nonetheless going by way of a bizarre time and so they had been actually shut.”
Nonetheless, Craig believes Taylor and Austen have true look after each other.
“I believe there’s a real love there,” he said. “I’m not saying that they’re in love, however I believe they love one another like brother [and] sister … In one other world, if [Taylor] and Austen had began up to now earlier than her and Shep, I believe it could’ve been a clear relationship.”
Wanting again on the moments that led as much as no matter it was that went down between Taylor and Austen, Craig stated he inspired Austen to tread calmly.
“I bear in mind warning him, like, ‘Hey, this won’t be the most effective thought to be spending this a lot time with Taylor.’ However they stated that they had been simply mates,” Craig recalled. “[And] Shep admitted [the Austen-Taylor connection] felt like a life raft to Taylor. It was his approach of staying related.”
Quick ahead to the moments that adopted the incident, and Craig admitted to being “shocked.”
“I used to be shocked to see how uncomfortable Austen will get on this second. And also you’re simply hoping that it’s not true,” he shared.
As for Taylor’s cheating claims against Paige, Craig revealed he’s “unsure” whether or not Taylor stated she’s “sorry.”
“If she hasn’t, she ought to,” Craig shared with Us Weekly.
Though Paige “isn’t going to carry a grudge,” as Craig famous, “apologizing goes a great distance.”
“If you happen to’re sorry about one thing and also you wouldn’t do it once more, then it is best to make an apology,” he continued.
In keeping with Craig, he discovered the drama to be “ humorous,” however he acknowledged the truth that Paige is “in all probability by no means going to be completely cool with somebody that claims that about [her].”
On the subject of the longer term, Craig stated he hopes “it really works out” between Paige and Taylor, and he added that Paige couldn’t imagine her statements.
“Paige is like, ‘How on earth would I’ve pulled that off?’” he shared.
Whereas Craig was “sympathetic” towards Taylor on the time the premiere was filmed, he didn’t admire him coming after his girlfriend.
“I used to be like, ‘Look, it’s one factor to yell at me, however yeah, you shouldn’t herald somebody’s associate.’ It’s only a totally different stage of attacking,” he stated. “You’ll see it rather a lot this season with quite a lot of totally different individuals on the present. This displaced anger.”
Additionally throughout the interview, Craig teased that Shep “has to begin to cope with one thing that we’ve by no means seen him cope with earlier than,” which doesn’t go easily.
“There’s a giant argument over pinging pong at one level within the season, and I used to be like, ‘Shep, it wasn’t about ping pong.’ He was like, ‘You’re proper. It wasn’t about pinging pong,’” he defined.
Southern Appeal season nine airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on Bravo.