Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis has had her fair share of problematic behavior since the show aired in 2014, both on and off-screen. From her nasty custody battle with Thomas Ravenel to her sending a Black woman the monkey emoji, Kathryn has always been a topic of conversation among fans and fellow cast members. She is best known for her fiery attitude and inconsiderate remarks, and it seems Kathryn’s life on and off screen is quite a roller coaster.
Kathryn comes from a long line of politicians who have made a huge impact in South Carolina. She first appeared on Southern Charm season 1, and most of the male cast members tried to date her. Ultimately, Kathryn ended up with Thomas, who is 30 years her senior. They went on to have two children together; however, the relationship ended in 2016. Kathryn has gone through many ups and downs due to this relationship, including a nasty custody battle, which saw her losing custody of her children and entering rehab. On-screen, Kathryn has been the center of controversy and blowups, and since she is from such a small community, her personal struggles have been a hot topic in the reality series.
During their heated custody battle, Thomas and Kathryn ripped each other apart. They both accused one other of substance abuse, and neither one was backing down. On Southern Charm, Kathryn would often go incognito, not picking up phone calls or going missing for some time. She also was accused of spreading rumors about a cheating scandal between Cameran Eubanks and her husband, Jason Wimberly. Her co-stars were extremely worried about her behavior, but whenever she was confronted, she would get aggressive or flee. In 2020, Kathryn again lost full custody of her children and could only see them every other weekend. Following the custody battle, Kathryn was partying in Miami with ex-boyfriend Chleb Ravenell. Fans were horrified that she valued having fun more than working to get custody of her children. Fans were quick to judge her behavior and accused her of being inconsiderate and selfish.
Another controversial event for Kathryn was her heated fight with DJ Tamika over Instagram in 2020 while she was filming Southern Charm season 7. Kathryn had sent her a monkey emoji, which she thought was funny. However, fans slammed Kathryn for her ignorance and expressed that she has always been this way, never taking accountability for her actions. Fellow Southern Charm co-star Leva Bonaparte tried to make the star aware of her actions and accused the others of coddling Kathryn for her inconsiderate and ignorant behavior. Kathryn later apologized; however, fans and DJ Tamika did not accept the apology.
While Kathryn has been through a lot in her personal life and on Southern Charm, some of her behavior has been problematic. Many fans have a love-hate relationship with her and wonder if she will learn from her past mistakes. Southern Charm season 8 will hopefully answer these questions, but so far, it seems Kathyrn is still very much the same.