Southern Charm Season 8 started with a bang

Starting with a bang! The Southern Charm cast brought the drama — and the fights — during the season 8 premiere on Thursday, June 23.

The Bravo series picked up filming in late summer 2021, and all eyes were on Kathryn Dennis, who was celebrating her 30th birthday, and Naomie Olindo, who fans last saw on season 6, which aired in 2019.

Following her exit, Naomie, 29, moved to New York City in spring 2021 with her then-boyfriend Metul Shah, only to split shortly after learning that he was unfaithful.

“I think with my personality type and stuff, I tend to sort of morph into whatever I think the person in front of me wants and lose my true, authentic self in the process. And I think a lot of people go through that.”

The L’Abeye founder further explained how she found herself back in Charleston, South Carolina, during the first few minutes of Thursday’s premiere.

Naomie jokingly told pal Venita Aspen, “Some of us peaked in high school,” when looking back at her life trajectory.

“The thought of coming back was depressing,” she revealed while driving to tennis. Naomie noted that she became “real humbled, real quick” after learning that Metul stepped out on her.

Following her split, Naomie reconnected with ex-boyfriend Craig Conover, whom she’d dated for three years before calling it to quit in 2017.

Despite sidestepping the topic during Thursday’s show, they both eventually confessed to hooking up in Las Vegas, with Naomie seemingly still having some lingering feelings.

“Two months ago, I went to Vegas with some friends. Yeah, I mean, we met up,” Naomie told the cameras, hinting that the exes had been intimate again.