On the new Bravo reality series, Southern Charm, one of the biggest arches in the plot was when 22-year-old Kathryn Dennis hooked up with her millionaire co-star, 51-year-old Thomas Ravenel. Dennis even had a pregnancy scare on the show, but the test turned out to be negative, much to the relief of Ravenel.

In real life, however, Kathryn Dennis actually did have a baby, and the rich older man is the father. In fact, the younger woman gave birth to their daughter on the same day that the episode with the pregnancy test aired—talk about foreshadowing.

After filming of Southern Charm ended, Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel continued dating and even shacked up together in Florida. That’s when the younger woman got pregnant again and it was just a coincidence that the celebrity couple’s daughter was born on the same day as that particular pregnancy episode aired.


This time, Thomas Ravenel was thrilled to hear he was going to be a father. “It’s really a blessing. It’s one of the greatest creations one could ever hope to be a part of,” he said, adding that it was always part of their plan to start having kids for real after the show wrapped. “I’m getting on in my age and I wanted a child,” admitted Ravenel, adding that they both “love each other and care about each other.”

Although both Ravenel and his new younger woman come from very conservative homes, their families are just as excited about the new baby. And despite their 29-year age difference, the celebrity couple is still very much together and is raising their daughter as a family.

Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis really are an ideal match. He’s a rich older man who has a background in politics and real estate, but who still knows how to party, as evidenced by his 2008 conviction for cocaine distribution. Meanwhile, Dennis is a party girl who seems to have a thing for older men, especially disgraced politicians—she once dated a former state rep who resigned after getting arrested for harassing another younger woman.

We can only hope that having a kid together will help reform this celebrity couple.

What do you think: What would you do if you were hooking up with a rich older man and then unexpectedly got pregnant?



Gardner, J., “Southern Charm’s disgraced South Carolina politician, 51, and younger girlfriend, 22, secretly welcome baby girl 10 months after ‘pregnancy scare,’” Daily Mail web site, April 15, 2014; http://goo.gl/vem8XJ.

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