Who is Naomie Olindo dating? How the 'Southern Charm' star 'begged' to be on Season 8
If you've been keeping up with Bravo's 'Southern Charm', brace yourself for an explosive Season 8. Picking up where the last season left off, the series sees none other than Naomie Olindo make a comeback. Although she quit the show back in Season 6, it looks like Olindo is now back in Charleston yet again, which has everyone wondering -- is there a mystery man in her life?
Who is Naomie Olindo dating now?
While Naomie Olindo is back in Charleston, it looks like the 'Southern Charm' star is single as of now. Although she did hook up with her ex, Craig Conover, as seen in the Season 8 trailer, it looks like nothing came of it, as Conover is still seeing Paige DeSorbo. It looks like for now, Olindo is still single.
Her relationship with ex, Dr Metul Shah
Shah and Olindo went public with their relationship back in May 2018. The couple was together for three years. In an interview with Decider, Olindo explained that Shah was not keen on being a part of the show, but did it anyway for her “He wanted nothing to do with it. But he did it for me which is really nice. I know he didn’t want to. But he handled it like a champ," she said.
Inside the couple's breakup
With things going well between the couple, Olindo decided to move to New York City with Shah, resulting in her leaving the show during Season 7. However, her time there was short-lived, as Shah's infidelity soon came to light. In a conversation with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast, Olindo opened up about what happened. Olindo explained that she was on Shah's computer when she wanted to show her friends some photos of a restaurant in France. Unable to log in, she asked Shah about the password, however, he denied knowing it. This seemed suspicious in itself, as Olindo recounted that Shah often logged in to the system daily for three years to study. When she finally gained access to it, a "previously opened window popped up" and with it came proof that Shah had not been faithful.
“I wouldn’t have thought to look. And it was like a year’s worth of texts with his ex and explicit pictures and, you know, the whole nine yards,” she explained. Despite Shah trying to win her back, Olindo held her ground. But it was far from easy. In a conversation with Bravo's The Daily Dish, she opened up about how her late father, Joel, also had an impact on her relationship, seeing that he had met Shah. “It was the bond, like, he had met my dad and he was really, he was there for me when my dad was sick and that was really important,” she explained. Joel passed away in December 2019, after battling cancer.
“He was there for my mom a lot. He was there and he spent a lot of time with me. But now in hindsight, I'm like, that's just kind of a basic human thing to be there for somebody. It shouldn't be something that, yeah, it shouldn't be glorified. I also hung on to him cause I'm, like, my dad thought I was going to be with this person," she added.
How Olindo made her comeback
The split even led Olindo to beg for her job back on the show, and while she makes a comeback in Season 8, it is as 'a friend of the show' and not as the main cast. “I was like, ‘Guys, please. I know I quit, and I know I told everybody to f--k off, but please I’m very depressed and I really want to come back. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I’m back in Charleston’ and they’re like, ‘All right,'” Olindo recounted on The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. Olindo also stated that she left the show because of Shah and now wanted to make a comeback since it the show "opens doors for so many opportunities."
'Southern Charm' Season 8 is back on Bravo on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 9/8c.