In Thursday’s season 9 premiere, Taylor Ann Green encountered ex-boyfriend Shep Rose for the first time and got into a raised-voice fight with Craig Conover for not telling her about 43-year-old Rose’s alleged cheating.
“That was the first time we saw each other in a while — it had probably been a couple months — and obviously I found out some things in the interim and it was pretty upsetting,” Green, 28, tells PEOPLE. “I wanted to go in there just calm, cool and collected, and maybe sad for [Shep], but my emotions got the best of me.”
“I love Taylor to death, but Shep's been one of my best friends for a decade,” explains the Sewing Down South founder.
Conover also felt that because Rose had cheated before, the instance Green brought up at the party — Rose’s flirtation with Leva Bonaparte’s employee Mia Alario — seemed more benign.
“If it was the first time that he cheated, I think then you have a responsibility to inform the person,” Conover says. “But it had happened before a couple times. She had stayed with him. And so at the end of the day, if nothing's going to change if she found out that info, I'm not going to run and tattle on my friend. It never even crossed my mind to tell Taylor.”
LeCroy’s wedding celebration marked the first time many of the Southern Charm cast members heard about what had transpired between Green and Rose.
Conover stands by his position that he “did my best to prevent it from happening that night,” referring to Rose pursuing Alario. “I physically slammed him against the wall because he was hammered,” he recalls.
As Conover expressed on the premiere, he feels “there's a little bit of deflection” going on in terms of Green taking out her anger over Rose on him. The premiere left off with Conover telling Green to “stop f---ing yelling about s--- you don’t know about” and Green asking Conover, who’s dating Summer House’s Paige DeSorbo, how he would feel if “your girl cheated on you?”
“I've always had her back, so I was a little blindsided,” Conover admits. “But I think you'll see that a lot this year with people deflecting their frustration on other people.”
Green know she could’ve handled the situation better. “I need to be zipped up and locked away,” Green quips. “I feel like Craig and I had lost a friendship, and it was just kind of slowly pulling apart, and then that was just the cherry on top. There's a lot of emotions happening.”