After Leva insinuated he’d changed for the worse amid their Southern Charm feud, Craig suggested Leva was an online bully as he opened up about how he and Paige were tested amid Winter House season two, revealing if he’ll give Naomie Olindo a heads up if he proposes to Paige, and sharing who he wants to see on Winter House season three.
“I have grown a lot since I’ve started dating Paige, and I definitely like myself better now,” Craig said during an October 29 interview with Us Weekly in response to Leva’s diss. “I changed for the better, and you get to see that change really starts on Winter House.”
“I think anyone that says mean stuff about other people on the internet is a bully, and I think it’s embarrassing, and I just, I think it’s unfortunate,” Craig continued of his co-star and former friend. “All you can do is focus on yourself, and the last thing you’ll see me and Austen do is go out of bounds on our shows and talk sh-t about people. I hope the best for [everyone].”
Austen Kroll, who also participated in the interview, supported his friend, saying he’s “progressed” in recent months.
“Craig has changed in a lot of ways,” he confirmed. “I can tell that he wants to be better for [Paige]. And it’s like, [he’s] growing up.”
He’s even open to a reconciliation with Leva, saying that he’s “still unaware and confused” about her issue but is “ready to hug her whenever she is.”
As for his relationship with Paige, Craig admitted he knew their time together on Winter House would be a “tell” for their future.
“This was gonna tell us whether we were gonna have a future or not. Long distance for us is easy-peasy. We love it. We get the best of both worlds. But to take two people that date long distance and essentially live together for three was definitely gonna be a tell,” he explained.
That said, Craig was “pumped” and “excited” to take that step.
“I have to make some decisions throughout the show, throughout the vacation, to see if I want to be more than just the fun boyfriend, if I want to be considered as a partner for life. So I think you’ll get to see a lot of that,” he teased.
Although Craig admittedly drank a lot when he first arrived in Vermont, noting that he was under stress because he’d just gotten done filming Southern Charm and Summer House had begun airing, he developed “better ways to deal” with his stress throughout his visit.
“Fortunately, I feel like I’m in a lot better place than I was back then,” he stated.
“It was a bar fight, and that stuff happens, just ours are captured on camera. I have a lot of conviction when it comes to girls’ and guys’ relationships, and something happened that I didn’t agree with,” Craig explained. “It had nothing to do with me and Luke having personal feelings about each other.”
“It was awesome… I love the Toms,” Craig confirmed. “And it just so happens in this crazy world that we live that it was the perfect time for [Schwartz] to get away.”
“Austen can’t get enough of Sandoval’s personality and larger-than-life persona, and me and Schwartz just connect a lot, so I actually wanted them to stay the rest of the trip, but he had to get back, so I think it was good for [Schwartz], and you get to see the beginning of that unfortunate circumstance… It was a breath of fresh air,” Craig revealed.
“Naomie and I live very separate lives now,” he explained.
“I’d love if Stassi and Beau came. I think if [Shep Rose] and [Taylor Ann Green] were still together, that would’ve been great for them to pop in… and the Toms could’ve been there the whole time,” he said.
“I think adding another person from our show next year would be a lot of fun it’s just a question of who. [And] I mean, the Toms have to come back,” Austen added.
Winter House season two airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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