The Summer House crew definitely had some fun in the sun this season, but not everything was nice and rosé. For every wild afternoon in a party bus, there was an emotional night full of tense dinners or awkward run-ins.
Housemates Kyle Cooke and Carl Radke are all too familiar with the ups and downs of life in the Summer House. They each experienced some relationship drama this season, from Kyle's on-again, off-again romance with Amanda Batula to Carl's flirtmance with Lauren Wirkus, and everyone else's opinions on it. Carl recently revealed that he has remained good friends — and just friends — with Lauren since the summer, while Kyle and Amanda have been going strong as a couple for the past six months.
Now that these guys have had some time to cool off from the summer, do they have any regrets from this season of Summer House? Carl recently told The Daily Dish that he would work on his communication skills. "It's pretty obvious Lauren and I were getting to know each other and kind of developing a great friendship but also having a summer fling of sorts. So I definitely struggled a little bit with communication, and you're meeting someone for the first time. There's other girls involved and there's other distractions. So I think some of my regret is just communication," he said. "[I'd] try to grow up a little bit more."
Kyle said that you kind of have to "have a no-regrets attitude" if you want to be a part of the Summer House. But he admitted that he maybe would have dialed back the partying a tad. "I was drunk a lot of the time, so I didn't have too many sober moments the last couple of episodes that have aired. I guess that was probably pretty true to the fact," Kyle told The Daily Dish. "But yeah, I think that at the end of the day, sure, maybe I could have a few more lucid moments if I were to do it again."
Since the summer, it's been all about work, work, and more work for Kyle and Carl. Kyle told The Daily Dish that he's decided to self-fund his new weight-loss startup FENIX, an app that pairs people up with a fitness coach. "Honestly, it's been incredibly stressful because I'm trying to get so much done and a lot of it is just riding on my shoulders. And by a lot, I mean all of it. So I'm a one-man band, but I'm hiring, I'm looking for people to help me," he said. "But yeah, professionally, things have been going well. I have a couple side projects as well that are fun and keep me busy, like Bird Dogs, the shorts company. I've just tried to keep my head down and make the most of the months where you're not doing the long-ass commute."
Carl said he is taking a break from the medical/dental sales job that he had last summer and focusing on his investments in two bars opening in New York: The Lately in the Meatpacking District and Kind Regards in the Lower East Side. "Something I did last year was invest in these," Carl said. "I kind of wanted to see that out and kind of help a little bit, maybe in a promotional, marketing level where [I] invite people for parties. That's something I'm looking forward to."
He also produced the short film Silo: Edge of the Real World, which will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in April. He also recently produced another short that was shown at a film festival in Virginia. "Those are kind of some cool projects we're doing. The dental thing, I'm kind of tabling for now," Carl explained. "I'm kind of just gonna ride out some of these other more exciting things [that] I'm more passionate about than just the teeth thing."
Luckily, Kyle and Carl have their Summer House memories to get them through the rest of the year. "I think that just by chance, it was a summer that a lot of us were going through a lot of different things, and it's pretty fascinating to watch the summer unfold again because we had relationships, friendships, careers, like, everything was in complete flux," Kyle said. "If eventful is how you define success, I would say absolutely. I mean, it was fun. I think at the end of the day, sure there's the fights, the drama, the challenging moments. But I think we had a blast overall."
Find out how Kyle and Carl take on the Big Apple dating scene, below.