Kathryn Dennis is a reality TV star who has been on a wild ride since she joined Southern Charm in 2014. She was 21 when she started filming the show, and since then, she has gone through a tumultuous romance with Thomas Ravenel, a father of two of her children, a bitter custody battle, a racism scandal, and a blonde makeover. She has also dated Chleb Ravenell, who is not related to Thomas, and recently confirmed her exit from the show after eight seasons. She is now focusing on building a better life for herself and her kids, Kensington and Saint Julien, and has moved back in with her dad amid money troubles. She is not afraid to speak her mind, stand up for herself, and show off her stretch marks. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-styled bio of Kathryn Dennis.
Kathryn Calhoun Dennis
Date of birth
August 6, 1991
Place of birth
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
University of South Carolina-Columbia (bachelor’s degree in political science)
Model and reality TV personality
Source of income
Modeling career, Southern Charm appearance
Luke Dennis (father); Allison Dennis (mother)
Luke Dennis Jr. (brother)
Kensington Calhoun Ravenel (daughter); St. Julien Rembert Ravenel (son)
Kathryn comes from a family of politicians. She is a direct descended John Calhoun, who served as the seventh Vice President of the United States, serving under Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams. John was also a South Carolina Senator and is remembered for his speech on the Senate Floor that posited slavery as a “positive good” rather than the “necessary evil”.
Kathryn’s grandfather followed John Calhoun into politics. Rembert C. Dennis had an impressive run in the South Carolina Senate as a member of the Democratic party from 1943 to 1988. He served for 50 years in the South Carolina Legislature
Educational Backgrounds and Political Career
Kathryn Calhoun Dennis was born on 6 August 1991 and was raised in the family-owned Lewisfield Plantation. As a young kid, Katherin was fascinated by her grandfather and decided to follow him into politics. After graduating high school, Kathryn enrolled at the University of South Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science, while also studying journalism and women’s studies.
During her early years, Katherin worked as a page for John Land in the South Carolina Senate. She also worked as an intern in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. At 23, Katherine was not pleased with her political progress and decided to work as a model.
Southern Charm & Exit
In 2014, Katherine was cast as a part of the reality TV series, Southern Charm. The series focused on the affluent families living in Charleston as they tried to balance their social and professional lives. While Katherine was a recurring member for the first season of the show, she was promoted to the main cast member for the second season. Kathryn then made regular appearances in the series until late 2022.
In January 2023, Kathryn announced that she was leaving Southern Charm after eight seasons on the show. She released a statement to PEOPLE , saying that she was grateful for the experience and the love from the fans. She also said that she was excited for whatever comes next in her life.
“What a wild ride it’s been!” she said. “Can you believe I was 21 when I first started filming Southern Charm , back in its first season? That was in 2013 , and in the decade that followed , it’s safe to say my life changed in ways I could never imagine . It hasn’t always been easy , but I’m so lucky to have had reality cameras there , capturing so many moments that I’ll never forget (and a few , even , that I’d like to).”
She added , “I’ll be carrying that love with me as I enter this next chapter of my life , away from the Southern Charm lens . I’m thankful for Bravo , the producers at Haymaker and my Charleston cast mates for everything . And I’m excited for whatever comes next . If it’s anything like the last decade , it’ll be a memorable ride . LFG [let’s f—ing go].”
Personal Life & Relationship
Meeting Thomas Ravenel
Kathryn met Thomas Ravenel, a former politician and wealthy businessman who was 29 years older than her, while filming the first season of Southern Charm. Despite their age gap and the disapproval of their friends and family, they quickly became involved in a romantic relationship that would captivate viewers for years to come. Kathryn saw Thomas as an older man who was stable enough to take care of her, while Thomas was charmed by her beauty and youth.
Welcoming Their Two Children
Kathryn and Thomas’ relationship was not without its challenges. They often argued and broke up, only to reunite again. During one of their reconciliations, Kathryn discovered she was pregnant with their first child, a daughter named Kensington Calhoun, who was born in March 2014. Kathryn moved in with Thomas at his plantation, but she felt isolated and unhappy living in the basement. She later revealed that she was “sad, scary, lonely, confused, quarantined, and isolated” during that time.
In 2015, Kathryn and Thomas briefly got back together again, which resulted in the conception of their second child, a son named Saint Julien, who was born in November 2015. However, their relationship soon fell apart again, as they struggled to co-parent their children and deal with their personal issues.
Since 2016, Kathryn and Thomas have been entangled in a heated custody battle over their children. Kathryn initially lost custody in 2016, after she tested positive for marijuana and was sent to rehab. In 2018, she regained joint custody after Thomas was arrested for assault and battery charges against his former nanny. The charges were later dropped after he reached a settlement with the nanny.
However, the custody battle continued, as both parties accused each other of various misconducts and violations. In 2020, Thomas filed for sole custody again, claiming that Kathryn had failed a drug test and neglected their children.
In 2021, Thomas moved to Aiken, South Carolina, with his new wife Heather Mascoe and their son Jonathan Jackson Ravenel, who was born in June 2020. Thomas’ relocation made it harder for Kathryn to see her children, as she had to pay for the travel expenses and the nanny’s supervision.
In June 2022, Kathryn lost her lawyers in the custody battle due to communication issues. The lawyers filed a motion to withdraw from the case, stating that they had “been unable to communicate effectively” with Kathryn and that they had “irreconcilable differences” with her. The motion was granted by the judge.
In January17, 2023, Thomas was awarded permanent sole custody of his children in a legal victory over Kathryn. The court documents revealed that Kathryn abuses drugs, alcohol, and suffers from a multitude of mental health disorders. The court also found that Kathryn’s parenting was negligent and that she placed her children in danger.
Dating Chleb Ravenell & Break Up
Kathryn started seeing Chleb Ravenell starting from July 2020. Chleb is a creative director and former college football player. The couple made their romance Instagram official in October 2020 and celebrated their one-year anniversary in July 2021. They also moved in together in a new apartment in Charleston, South Carolina however, their pair ended up spliting in November 2021.
In early 2020, Kathryn found herself in heaps of troubles. The reality star was accused of sending racist emojis to a black radio host, Mika Gadsen. Later, she apologized for the incident, but faced backlash from fans and co-stars. Following the incident, Kathryn was fired from her position as a brand ambassador for Gwyn. Katherine was also in the midst of a lawsuit filed against her by Katherine Leonard, owner of KL Creative. According to Leonard, Katherin was refusing to pay for her services.
“I was brought on to help Ms. Dennis to rebrand herself and worked in good faith to achieve all the goals we set out for her. Once she gave me a deposit we began to work on the meeting said goals on a strict deadline. She accepted my services and I performed them perfectly. Two letters have been sent by a lawyer to her to no avail. I now have no choice but to file here in order to get paid for the work I performed for her in Nov 2019!”
Red (natural),blond (dyed)
5 feet 10 inches
59 kg (approx.)
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