Craig Conover Says It's "Unfair" Kristin Cavallari Got Dragged Into Summer House Drama

Southern Charm's Craig Conover told E! News why he "felt terrible" Kristin Cavallari got name-dropped on Summer House. Hear him weigh in on the drama & give an update on Paige DeSorbo.

By Allison Crist Mar 16, 2022 3:33 PMTags
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Kristin Cavallari was never meant to be a part of the Bravo Cinematic Universe.

And yet, she continues to be a fixture on season six of Summer House despite never having set foot in the Hamptons house inhabited by cast members including Kyle Cooke, Lindsay Hubbard, Paige DeSorbo and, on occasion, Southern Charm's Craig Conover and Austen Kroll, who Kristin befriended in late 2020. 

Kristen, Craig and Austen have been subject to romantic speculation ever since, and while Kristin has staunchly denied any rumors in the past, they've since resurfaced on Summer House—something Craig exclusively told E! News he never wanted to happen. 

"We had a great relationship and I thought it was really, really unfair that she was thrown into a show that she's not on," Craig said of Kristin, explaining that he was particularly upset with Lindsay for being the one to mention her on camera. "Lindsay did it for TV. Everyone in our lives knew about that." 

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It's still not explicitly clear what exactly happened between Kristin and Craig, but whatever it was became a point of contention on the Jan. 30 episode of Summer House. Craig and Paige were in the early stages of forming a relationship, and while they weren't exclusive at that point, Paige was upset to learn from Lindsay that he may have been hooking up with Kristin.

"It's one thing to be on that show and be fair game yourself," Craig said, "but to bring outside people and do it, I think, was just unfair. I felt terrible for her."

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Lindsay, who also stars alongside Craig on Winter House, is "not in my life anymore," he said. "Not based off that, I don't hold a lot of grudges," but because he's "really happy in the place that I'm in and I really like to lift people up, so I'm never gonna actively go after someone or try to tear them down." 

"It comes to a point where you have to cut people out of your life," Craig added. 

His relationship with Paige, on the other hand, is doing great in spite of the drama currently playing out on Summer House (which was filmed last year). "We openly dated around until it just got to the point where, you know, you like one person so much that you don't want to do that anymore," Craig told E! News. The couple is now "having a lot of fun and spending more time with each other," he added, "and just happy." 

And while Craig does expect their on-screen relationship to be relatively drama-free for the rest of Summer House season six, he's even more excited for Southern Charm to return. Paige is on the show "a decent amount," he said, and "it was neat for her to come and see why Austen and I are as crazy as we are when we film other shows."

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In the meantime, Craig is keeping busy with his Sewing Down South business and promoting his memoir, PILLOW TALK: What's Wrong With My Sewing?.

"We only film for a couple of months a year," the author said of Southern Charm, "and we love everything about the show, but I started to notice early on that when I was out and meeting people in person that we had a lot to talk about, and I feel like I really connect to people, almost even better in person than I did with just them watching me on that show. And so this is kind of my way of becoming more intimate with viewers and people that are curious about my story."

Stay tuned for more on Craig's upcoming bookPILLOW TALK: What's Wrong With My Sewing? hits shelves March 29.

Scroll down for a complete timeline of the Kristin-Craig-Paige love triangle.

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October 2020: Kristin Slides Into Craig's DMs

Everything kicked off in Oct. 2020, when, according to Austen KrollKristin Cavallari slid into Craig Conover's DMs.

"[She] was like, 'I'm coming into town,' so we all went to dinner," Austen said on Watch What Happens Live in December of that year, explaining that Kristin was joined on the trip by her longtime friend Justin Anderson. "We all kinda hit it off. We wanted to go and visit them, and we did. We all get along so well."

November 2020: The Exes Enter the Picture

Austen was seemingly still together with his on-again, off-again girlfriend of nearly three years Madison LeCroy in November, however, fans were thrown off by a comment she left on a photo shared by none other than Kristin's ex, Jay Cutler, over Thanksgiving weekend.

"See y'all soon!" Madison wrote on the pic, which, to make matters even more confusing, featured Shannon Ford, Kristin's ex-friend who she famously fired on the season two premiere of E!'s Very Cavallari

Dec. 6, 2020: Madison Shuts Down Speculation About Austen & Kristin

Austen left what seemed to be a flirty comment on a bikini photo posted by Kristin on Dec. 6, writing, "See you next week! Keep breaking the internet in the meantime."

However, when Comments by Bravo shared a screengrab of Austen's remark that same day, Madison shut down speculation by replying, "Yeah trust me if he was with her he wouldn't be sending me songs at midnight...last night." 

Dec. 7, 2020: Austen and Madison Break Up

One day after the Instagram drama, Madison LeCroy told Us she was "1,000 percent single." 

"And so is he," she added of Austen in the Dec. 7 interview. "So, ladies, if you want him, you can have him."

Dec. 14, 2020: Kristin Denies Romance Speculation After a Night Out With Austen & Craig

Kristin, Austen, Craig and Justin Anderson had a night out in Nashville and documented the fun on their respective Instagrams, with one video showing Kristin on Austen's shoulders. The next day, Dec. 14, she seemingly addressed any romantic speculation in an Instagram Story captioned, "I didn't realize I wasn't allowed to have FRIENDS that are guys."

Feb. 2021: Kristin Continues to Set the Record Straight

A lot went down in the days between December and February 2021—Kristin became involved with comedian Jeff Dye, and Madison was rumored to be dating Jay one minute and then Alex Rodriguez the next—but Kristin, Austen and Craig once again shut down any romantic speculation during the Southern Charm stars' podcast on Feb. 9.

Addressing how she messaged Craig all those months ago, Kristin explained, "So I DM'd you, slid into the DMs, and said thank you for the masks, we're coming to Charleston in a month or whatever it was. I was like I think we're all going to hang out because you guys already had this connection with Justin. It wasn't romantic, it wasn't flirty."

"No one hooked up with anyone," Kristin added. "Nothing ever happened. We had a really good time."

April 2021: Enter Paige DeSorbo

Craig and Summer House's Paige DeSorbo became the subject of speculation in April after they were rumored to have been displaying PDA while hanging out in Charleston (nobody knew it at the time, but the pair had recently been filming Bravo's Winter House).

However, Paige set the record straight on April 20. "Craig and I are a thousand percent not dating," she said on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast. "Craig and I have known each other for years. We've always gotten along. We've always been friends. We have, like, very similar personalities. We are not romantically involved or anything, but we are very good friends."

June 2021: A Reunion of Sorts

Kristin spent a weekend in Charleston with pal Steph Biegel and—yep, you guessed it—Craig and Austen in June 2021. 

July 2021: Kristin Denies Being in a "Love Triangle"

Once again making it clear that she's not involved with Austen or Craig, Kristin shared an Instagram Story that read, "I haven't been involved in a love triangle since I was in high school."

This particular post is important, though, as it was shared around the same time Summer House season six was filming. 

October 2021: Paige and Craig Are Official

Winter House premiered in the fall, and while there was no on-screen romance between Craig and Paige unfolding, they had already started to become more than friends once filming wrapped. By October, they were official.

As Austen told E! News on Oct. 18, "It's something that I thought was going to happen in the house but Craig had a girlfriend...I for sure saw this happening."

Summer House star Amanda Batula gave the new couple her stamp of approval around the same time. "I love them together!" she said. "I think it's really, really cute and seeing them together just makes me smile all the time."

November 2021: Paige Gives an Update on Her Relationship With Craig

Paige and Craig were still going strong in late November and celebrated the holidays with one another. E! News' Morgan Stewart asked Paige on Nov. 24 if she could see them getting engaged in the future, to which she replied, "I mean, we have only been dating for a couple of months, but if I can trick him into a diamond ring, I'm going to do it!"

January 2022: Craig Comes Clean About Kristin

Season six of Summer House premiered in Jan. 2022, and it didn't take long for the events of the past year to come up. On the Jan. 30 episode, Lindsay Hubbard shocked everyone—including Paige—by revealing that it was Craig, not Austen, who had been hooking up with Kristin after the group became friends. 

While Craig wasn't thrilled to have to discuss the matter, he seemingly confirmed that he and Kristin had been more than friends at one point, saying, "I've hooked up with her before," and that Austen, "hates that I was making out [with Kristin]."

February 2022: More Details About Craig and Kristin Emerge

The Kristin situation has been discussed on several episodes of Summer House at this point, but she has yet to publicly address any of it. Nevertheless, the Feb. 14 episode was particularly enlightening, as Paige revealed details of Craig's alleged texts with Kristin. 

"I guess she texted him like, 'You are not going to make me look like an idiot with her,'" Paige told co-star Ciara Miller. "And like, 'If you want her, like, go have her. Just don't make me look stupid."

Craig then referenced Kristin's July Instagram Story about never being in a love triangle with him and Austen. "And he [Craig] was like, 'OK, but you went on Instagram and lied,'" Paige said. "Like, 'You can't say you [Kristin] were never going to date either of us. We f--ked.'"

March 2022: Craig Weighs In on the Summer House Drama

In an exclusive interview with E! News, Craig said he "felt terrible" Kristin got name-dropped on Summer House. "We had a great relationship and I thought it was really, really unfair that she was thrown into a show that she's not on," Craig said of Kristin, explaining that he was particularly upset with Lindsay Hubbard for being the one to mention her on camera. "Lindsay did it for TV. Everyone in our lives knew about that." 

March 2022: Craig and Paige Are Going Strong

In March, Craig also gave an update about him and Paige, who, despite the year-old drama that was playing out on Summer House at the time, are doing great. "We openly dated around until it just got to the point where, you know, you like one person so much that you don't want to do that anymore," Craig told E! News. The couple is now "having a lot of fun and spending more time with each other," he added, "and just happy."

April 2022: Craig and Paige Take a Big Step in Their Relationship

Paige will be spending a portion of her summer in the South! Craig told BravoTV.com that she plans to live with him in Charleston throughout the months of May and June.

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