The old saying may be "bros before ladies" (or, something like that...), but for Shep Rose and Southern Charm rookie Austen Kroll, that definitely wasn't the case. After Cameran Eubanks' friend Chelsea Meissner came into the picture, the two guys were both vying for her heart — with varying degrees of success.
And those feelings managed to get in the way of Austen and Shep's preexisting friendship. "That was not Chelsea's intention whatsoever. It kind of broke her a little bit that she felt like she got in between Shep and [my] friendship," Austen recently told The Daily Dish. "And, I mean, I know Shep, and I know how he operates. He was like, 'Hey, look, that's fine. Go and do your thing.' And I thought that that was that."
Of course, it wasn't — and after Shep and Chelsea's romance didn't seem to take off, she hit it off with Austen. But, Shep seemed to reconsider the situation. "For him to come back and for us to get to the point where we had our down, I thought that was, I had never really seen that side of him before," Austen explained. "It was all very real for me. It was all very, very real for me. And it hurt me a lot to know that we weren't friends because of a girl. You know, but I didn't think that she did anything wrong — and I didn't think I did anything wrong. And Shep might not think he did anything wrong. But, it was interesting."
With that drama behind them, have the guys gotten to a better place? "But we're great," Austen shared. "The bromance is back and it's not going anywhere — I don't think."
Check out photos of the girl who caught both their eyes, below.