“It’s such a tragedy. Nobody is aware of the right way to deal with this,” Austen, 36, instructed a bunch of reporters at BravoCon on Saturday, November 4. “Olivia and I weren’t in place when this all occurred. Fortuitously, it introduced us nearer collectively, however then we form of flash ahead to when the episodes start to air, and it’s very robust to compartmentalize like, ‘OK, this occurred six months in the past.’”
The Trophop Beer founder admitted it’s been “robust” for Olivia, 31, to observe season 9 because it airs, particularly seeing the main points of his hookup together with her pal Taylor Ann Inexperienced.
“We’re making an attempt to work by it, and I can’t assist however need to proceed to be her pal,” Austen continued of his ex, whom he dated for just a few months in 2022. “Even when she yells at me and says issues. I need to be in her life.”
Olivia’s brother, Conner, died from an unintentional fentanyl overdose on January 30, per a coroner’s report obtained by Web page Six, one week earlier than his thirty third birthday. He had struggled with substance abuse for years and had gotten out of rehab simply two days earlier than overdosing.
Austen has been very open along with his need to be by Olivia’s aspect following Conner’s dying.
“It was very robust for me as a result of I felt like … I must be the one who’s there for her, however I’ve clearly chosen to not be that individual,” the fact star instructed Andy Cohen on Watch What Occurs Stay on November 2.
Regardless of the awkwardness between them, he nonetheless “flew out the door” the minute he was capable of see Olivia after Conner’s dying.
“I ran all the way down to see her, and we simply had this rom-com film second of similar to assembly within the driveway and collapsing into one another and it was only a second you possibly can’t actually describe,” he recalled.
Whereas Austen is leaning in to help Olivia, he admitted that he needs to remain single in the meanwhile whereas the drama settles down amid the Charleston group, telling BravoTV in September, “I’ve made a acutely aware resolution to not date anyone in the meanwhile.”