'Southern Charm' Star Thomas Ravenel Is A Better Boyfriend Amid Rape Investigation Says Jacobs

Amy Feinstein

Usually, Southern Charm reunions are a combination of dramatic and funny. There is some finger-pointing, maybe some name-calling, but nothing that crazy. But last night's Southern Charm reunion finale got seriously dark and turned into an intervention of sorts focused on domestic violence and the rape and sexual assault allegations against Thomas Ravenel, who was notably absent from the event. The whole core cast, who admittedly dislike Thomas Ravenel's girlfriend, Ashley Jacobs, started to feel sorry for her, seeing her as a possible victim of an abusive relationship.

But according to Hollywood Life, Jacobs thinks that everything about her relationship with Thomas Ravenel improved after the Charleston Police publicly announced that he was being investigated after two women, including a former nanny, accused him of rape. Ravenel was convicted and served time in a federal prison for cocaine charges in 2008, and so on the advice of counsel, he has been laying low and staying close to home.

Jacobs told Andy Cohen that she was sure Ravenel would be cleared of these most recent charges.

"Of course, yes. it's all hearsay. I mean, He's not been charged with anything. These are just allegations."

Jacobs says he's become a better version of himself, opting not to be seen in public, and largely staying away from social media, where, in the past, he threatened violence against fans on Twitter. She says they've gotten closer now that he is no longer the life of the party. She says they like to stay in and prank each other, using "fake bugs."

"I have seen a new Thomas. I mean, it's humbling, of course. Now he's — let's stay in, let's watch movies, let's cook dinner, let's just stay under the radar right now. I've just seen a much softer, more sensitive, kinder, more supportive boyfriend. You know, everyone wants to be you when you're on top, but it's who's with you when you're down there, and I've told him, I've just said, 'I'm not leaving.'"

Jacobs said the fight did happen, but she said she was "being a brat" and caused the former politician to lose his temper.

Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks, and Austen Kroll tried to tell Jacobs that the way Ravenel talks to her and about her is a red flag, but she admitted after the reunion that she wasn't ready to hear it or give up.