The Real Reason Austen Kroll And Madison LeCroy Split

Stars of Bravo's Southern Charm Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll have officially split up after months of speculation about their relationship status. "We are not together right now. I am 1,000 percent single, and so is he," Madison told Us Weekly on Dec. 7, 2020. "So, ladies, if you want him, you can have him."

The news of their split comes after a controversial Southern Charm episode where costar Patricia Altschul encouraged newcomer John Pringle to make a move on Madison, despite her relationship status with Austen. Patricia was vocal about her disapproving opinion of Austen, saying, "He's in three stores in Charleston. This is not Budweiser. Madison deserves Budweiser," shading Austen's brewing company Kings Calling Brewing Co. 

Following the episode, Budweiser sent both women care packages with tons of merch. "Thank you, Budweiser for these great gifts. 'Everyone deserves Budweiser,'" Patricia wrote on Instagram while showing off her goodies, per Heavy. "When you become a Budweiser girl overnight," Madison stated on social as well.

Displeased his then-girlfriend was perpetuating the shady remark, Austen uploaded Madison's video to his Instagram Story, writing, "Interesting to see people who claim to love and support me, do anything for money. This just strengthens my resolve! Kings Calling is coming for King of Beers!" Despite his clapback, Madison had the final word after she posted a screenshot of their text conversation where Austen seemingly told her to promote his competitor. 

Drama aside, the tiff isn't what led to their split. Keep scrolling to see their final straw.

Madison LeCroy said the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to their breakup

Despite the drama that occurred between Southern Charm's Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll, she told Us Weekly that it was the tribulations of the COVID-19 pandemic that inevitably led to their breakup. "I definitely think that quarantine was either gonna make it or break [our] relationship, and unfortunately, we did not come out stronger," she told the outlet in a video interview. "We weren't even in quarantine together. We did for a short period of time, and then I think we both realized that maybe there was just too many things that had happened in the past for us to actually play house for 14 days or whatever it was."

Hinting that she and her ex weren't seeing eye to eye, she added, "Austin took his quarantine a little differently than I did — or, a lot different. I had a lot more time on my hands to kind of see what he does in a day versus what I'm trying to do. So, I think we're just on two different wavelengths."

Although it wasn't John Pringle's advances that ultimately led to her split with Austen, Madison admitted he "definitely caused some drama," adding she "enjoyed it" and was "flattered." Despite feeling tickled pink, she said she plans on "keeping him in the friend zone."