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When Season 5 of Southern Charm began, Austen Kroll and Chelsea Meissner revealed that their relationship had gone from romantic to platonic after Season 4. While they weren't a couple anymore, the two were able to remain friends ... such good friends, in fact, that their closeness became an issue for Austen's then-girlfriend, Victoria, who also happened to be Chelsea's friend. So why couldn't these two good friends ever rekindle the flame? Austen told The Daily Dish podcast that he agrees with Chelsea's assertion that they broke up because "we're just in two different places [in] our lives," because Chelsea "lives life like a grandma" and he likes to go out ... but he said their differences shouldn't have been insurmountable.
"Shouldn't it be about compromise?" Austen mused. "Can't I get you to go out more and can't you be like, 'Let's be in together tonight'? And I don't think she was willing to give that a try ... She was just like, 'Oh, you don't fit perfectly into my life, so it's not gonna work.'"
He revealed that dating Victoria was "a breath of fresh air" because, like Austen, she liked to go out. In fact, Austen said his relationship with Victoria ultimately didn't work because they were too similar.
Hindsight, of course, is 20/20 and Austen said he was surprised to see the things that Chelsea said about him behind his back — especially because he refutes some of her claims.
"Watching the season, I was taken aback, for sure, at all the things she had to say about me," Austen said. "I thought that we were so close and we always had each other's back. Apparently, she had a lot of things to say about me. At first I was angry and I was like, 'What the hell, Chels?'"
Austen went on to explain, "In my drunken head, I'm out and I'm like, do you want to wake up and be like, where's Austen? Or do you want to wake up with me in your bed? I thought that that was the right move and she made it seem like I did it like over and over. I'm like, that happened once, you let me know that you're not into it, so I never did it again."
He also disputes Chelsea's claims that she paid on their dates. "I was like, 'Chels, as long as you didn't say that I had a little willy, I'm sure that we'll be good,' and then she said that and I was like, 'Actually, wait, I almost would rather you said that I had something else going on than calling me cheap!' Very disappointing."
Austen revealed how he approached Chelsea at the reunion after hearing her talk about him all season; check out that story and more from the upcoming reunion in the podcast episode above. And don't forget to tune in to Southern Charm every Thursday at 9/8c. Watch a preview, below.