There’s completely not anything incorrect with Craig Conover’s stitching. The ‘Southern Allure’ big name spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about his memoir, the upward push of Stitching Down South, and the standing of ‘Southern Allure’ season 8.

Over the direction of seven Southern Allure seasons, we’ve come to grasp and love Craig Conover. Alternatively, there used to be such a lot we didn’t know — till now. The Southern Allure big name and entrepreneur displays us new sunglasses of himself in his debut memoir, Pillow Communicate: What’s Incorrect With My Stitching? The e book, which is to be had now, dives deep into his early life in “decrease, slower Delaware” to his breakout second at the Charleston-set Southern Allure. Craig additionally opens up about his Adderall habit and hopes that telling his tale can lend a hand others.

Along with Southern Allure, Craig is now operating the wildly a hit Stitching Down South. In spite of the complaint he gained to start with about his stitching — by no means fail to remember the “what’s incorrect with my stitching?” second — Craig has taken one in every of his passions and grew to become it into an entrepreneurial triumph. Learn our Q&A beneath:

Craig Conover
The quilt of Craig Conover’s e book. (Simon & Schuster)

You may have pursued many endeavors through the years. What used to be the book-writing procedure like? 
Craig Conover: It used to be principally one large treatment consultation. I’ve by no means actually taken that arduous of a glance within the reflect at myself. It used to be great as a result of I in spite of everything were given to a spot in my lifestyles the place I’m satisfied at the present time. I’m now not as shameful as I was. When I used to be attached on Adderall, clearly, you’re ashamed of it. Earlier than I were given my industry off the bottom, you’re shameful. I used to be in spite of everything simply in a transparent headspace, so when I used to be approached to try this, I used to be very humbled via it. I simply didn’t assume I had the tales to inform as we were given into it. Principally, I’d just power round in my automobile with my telephone synced to my jeep and I’d just communicate. As I went on and on, the layers began to be peeled again. It used to be slightly relaxing. As inclined as I used to be, it used to be a pleasant enjoy.

You do get inclined about quite a few other subjects. Was once there the rest you have been in particular worried about actually opening up and discussing to your e book?
Craig Conover: I imply, clearly, having to stand the truth that Adderall has had numerous penalties on my lifestyles, non-public lifestyles, paintings… you realize, felt slightly foolish as a result of when you’re addicted to one thing you actually blame the entirety else or everybody else. You by no means blame no matter you’ll be preventing, however actually taking duty used to be slightly tricky from time to time. However, thankfully, for one of the harder chapters, like after I mentioned my courting with Naomie [Olindo], she interviewed with my writers, in order that used to be just right. Clearly, now I’ve discovered that individuals simply write books and don’t do this. After which it comes out and everybody’s like, “Wait, what the heck?” So, thankfully, Naomie and Kory have been interviewed for the e book. It used to be great that I incorporated other folks, but when I hadn’t incorporated them, that might were roughly nerve-wracking.

You speak about your courting with Naomie so much within the e book, and also you simply discussed she used to be interviewed for the e book. Was once it necessary to you to just remember to did talk to her or a minimum of have any person talk to her about your courting?
Craig Conover: Indisputably. I don’t assume it used to be simply my tale to inform. I feel there are two aspects to each tale, particularly with relationships and in truth most often someplace within the center. I feel my author used to be actually excited that I sought after to have her incorporated, and he used to be satisfied that the majority of our tales just about matched up. He used to be actually shocked via it. I for sure shouldn’t have instructed as a lot of the tale as I did if she wasn’t concerned. I’m happy the timing simply labored out, and we have been ready to inform our tale as a result of I feel it may possibly lend a hand other folks studying this e book who’re going thru one thing an identical. Breakups are tricky, and numerous instances you don’t know what to do, particularly if you get to your mid-20s. It roughly screws together with your head slightly bit. I’ve gotten numerous sure messages from other folks being like, I’m going thru one thing very an identical and maintaining it to myself as a result of I don’t know who to speak to. It’s great that persons are ready to narrate.

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The forged of ‘Southern Allure’ season 7. (Bravo)

You open up about how your Adderall habit and the way it negatively impacted your lifestyles. I’ve been seeing responses from enthusiasts about how proud they’re that you simply’re opening up about it. I respect that as it looks like an neglected habit.  
Craig Conover: That’s a good way to position it — neglected habit — as a result of other folks simply don’t assume you’ll be addicted to that. We don’t recall to mind it that approach. Additionally, it’s like such a great drug for a undeniable factor that while you get to the purpose the place you’re now not taking checks anymore, and also you’ve been on it see you later, it begins to result in despair and irritability and no matter it can be. Truthfully, one in every of my motivating elements to put in writing this e book used to be I had a few precise well-known other folks and a pair very top up and just right at what they do other folks achieve out to me. The primary time I mentioned it used to be at the season 6 reunion of Southern Allure. They have been like, “I noticed you on there. I’ve by no means instructed any individual this, but it surely’s affecting my marriage. It’s affecting my courting with my youngsters, and I’ve by no means put two and two in combination. I don’t know the way to get in the course of the day with out taking it.” Other people simply don’t speak about it and if they’re it’s a physician or therapist. Now that I’ve been blank for 3 years, there isn’t any disgrace left. It’s extra that my tale can lend a hand others. That’s roughly my repentance and my punishment to myself, I suppose it’s simply having to stand the details.

I feel I in point of fact was a Craig stan in season 5 with the “what’s incorrect with my stitching?” line. Such a lot of other folks rallied in the back of you after that. That line has singlehandedly modified your lifestyles and brought on a lifetime of its personal. Do you ever glance again and assume that’s the instant when issues began to switch. I believe like after I recall to mind Craig on Southern Allure, I recall to mind that second.
Craig Conover: I didn’t notice how impactful that second used to be till a short time in the past, but it surely used to be actually after I simply hit one in every of my bottoms of simply being like: what’s the downside? What’s incorrect with my stitching? As a result of such a lot of other folks had a subject matter with it. I actually consider that individuals which might be unafraid and simply step out of gender norms or do one thing that others don’t really feel comfy doing, I feel it’s a actually horny air of secrecy. I feel it displays numerous self assurance and other folks in my lifestyles throughout that point couldn’t see it. It used to be something for my spouse to get mad about it, which I by no means understood, however then my pals at the display had such a subject matter with me looking to get started this corporate. I didn’t see it at that second when I used to be like, “What’s incorrect with my stitching?” As it used to be only a just right instance of other folks being haters, and that’s why I communicate in my e book, numerous instances you’ll be the one particular person the place your concept’s a good suggestion. Your co-workers are telling you spending time at the facet activity is silly or your pal, however that’s now not a foul signal. It’s good to be onto one thing, and also you could be hanging some kind of jealousy. Confidently, your spouse is supportive and your folks. For those who watch again the ones years of Southern Allure, that tournament in my area the only yr after I were given slightly sloppy, and I feel nobody actually knew what used to be occurring, however you listen Shep [Rose] and Cameran [Wimberly] and any person else sitting round being like, “How silly are you able to be to assume you’re going to retire on previous pillow cash?” Those other folks actually took a subject matter with it, so I feel that’s when other folks began to root for me with a minimum of the pillows, and that’s why the shop is so nice as a result of I am getting to percentage it with everybody. The shops are so a laugh to satisfy other folks once they’re like, “I at all times believed that you’ll do it.” It’s one thing a laugh to percentage with them.

Talking of Stitching Down South, what are your subsequent steps with the corporate? 
Craig Conover: We’re actually excited. We’ve been trying out and developing the previous few months and we’re launching a bedding line this summer time, so we’re going to get into linens and duvets and precise dozing pillows. I feel that will probably be a large flip in a brand new route for us. The extra a hit we get with the goods we now have now, I’ve two superior companions, Amanda [Latifi] and Jerry [Casselano], they’re principally like circle of relatives. My function used to be at all times to have the following Williams & Sonoma and construct Stitching Down South to the place everybody needs us in each room of their area, and that’s been the overpowering reaction. That’s going to be an enormous step for us and an entire new problem, however I’m for sure fascinated with that. We simply introduced our spring assortment two days in the past. April 1 is our anniversary as a result of we introduced on April 1 4 years in the past as a shaggy dog story and a center finger. Everybody concept the corporate used to be a shaggy dog story. We’ve were given an entire outside assortment and an extra outside assortment coming this spring. It’s actually a laugh.

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Craig Conover and Paige DeSorbo at a ‘Sports activities Illustrated’ tournament. (Shutterstock)

It’s been over a yr since Southern Allure season 7 aired? What’s the standing of season 8?
Craig Conover: It’s wild how a lot of an opening it at all times is with our season. The display’s filmed, and it’s going to be one in every of our craziest seasons ever. I’m actually excited for other folks to peer it. I don’t know if I’ll be pronouncing it whilst it’s on, however at the moment I’m actually excited for other folks to peer it. You may have the entire variables again and numerous new issues. You’ll see me and Paige’s courting so much which is superior. Some issues occur that there’s simply no approach you might ever have the ability to cause them to up. How does one thing loopy at all times occur in Charleston? I feel it’s going to be a a laugh experience. It’s for sure our longest season ever. We’re now not that some distance away, in truth, so it must be introduced someday right here quickly. It’ll be a laugh for everybody to catch up in Charleston. It’ll be the primary time that the corporate is in truth filmed. The display actually didn’t center of attention on it an excessive amount of, after which we had COVID so that you get to peer the shop at the display this yr. It’s going to be numerous a laugh.

You discussed that Paige will probably be on Southern Allure. You mentioned in. your e book that Naomie used to be introduced into the sector of Southern Allure thru your courting. Is it more uncomplicated so that you can have a courting with any person who could be very a lot used to that atmosphere and used to being in entrance of the digicam?
Craig Conover: I imply, it’s wonderful. It actually is. It’s the primary time that both folks is courting any person within the industry. It simply adjustments such a lot as a result of there are numerous issues to be fascinated with that individuals simply wouldn’t perceive in the event that they weren’t in it. However there’s numerous damaging that includes this industry, too. It takes this kind of toll to your psyche, however once more, you’ll’t actually whinge on your customary pals as a result of there are numerous execs that include it, too. While you’re courting any person that simply will get it, you don’t have to fret about them being on digicam. You don’t have to offer protection to them. Paige is her personal being, and he or she overwhelmed it. I used to be in truth actually satisfied to turn the sector as a result of we actually concept you have been going to get to peer me and Paige in combination on Summer time Area, however they made up our minds to head in a unique route. They’d our first date on digicam and didn’t air it. I feel expectantly Southern Allure chooses to turn me and Paige’s courting. I don’t perceive why those displays every now and then don’t just like the positivity and the grins, however expectantly, on Southern Allure you’ll get to peer Paige and my folks in combination, me and Paige being adorable in combination.

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