Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Happily engaged.’ Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he’s off the market – just five months after his new fianc?e gave birth to their son (and has NO plans of a prenup!)

  • Thomas Ravenel is engaged to registered nurse Heather Mascoe, DailyMail.com can reveal
  • It comes five months after Mascoe, 38, gave birth to their son Jonathan Jackson Ravenel on June 29
  • The 58-year-old managed to keep Mascoe’s pregnancy a secret until two months before the birth 
  • Until Kathryn Dennis, 29, mother of his two older children Kenzie, 6, and Saint, 5 was informed of the dramatic turn of events by her attorney
  • Ravenel has told friends that he has no plans to draw up a prenup with Mascoe who will be his second wife because he feels he doesn’t need one with ‘this one’
  •  It is unclear whether or not he has spoken with Dennis about his plans to marry
  • But one source close to both said that the news will not come as the same shock that Mascoe’s pregnancy did
  • The former Southern Charm star was married once before to Mary Ryan Ravenel in 1995, but the couple divorced 13 months later

By Laura Collins Chief Investigative Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:49, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 04:22, 2 December 2020

Thomas Ravenel is getting married and has described himself as ‘Happily Engaged,’ just five months after his new fianc?e gave birth to a son, DailyMail.com can reveal.

DailyMail.com was first to break the bombshell news that Ravenel, 58, had become a father again when registered nurse, Heather Mascoe, 38, gave birth to Jonathan Jackson Ravenel on June 29.

Now, we can exclusively reveal that Charleston’s most infamous bachelor is set to marry. 

And he has told friends that he has no plans to draw up a prenup with Mascoe who will be his second wife because he feels he doesn’t need one with ‘this one.’ 

He was married once before to Mary Ryan Ravenel in 1995, but the couple divorced 13 months later.

The ex-Southern Charm star managed to keep Mascoe’s pregnancy a secret until two months before the birth when Kathryn Dennis, 29, mother of his two older children Kenzie, 6, and Saint, 5, was informed of the dramatic turn of events by her attorney.

It is unclear whether or not he has spoken with Dennis about his plans to marry, though one source close to both said that the news will not come as the same shock that Mascoe’s pregnancy did. 

Thomas Ravenel is engaged to registered nurse Heather Mascoe, DailyMail.com can reveal

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

It comes five months after Mascoe, 38, gave birth to their son Jonathan Jackson Ravenel on June 29. He was married once before to Mary Ryan Ravenel in 1995, but the couple divorced 13 months later

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

And he has told friends that he has no plans to draw up a prenup with Mascoe who will be his second wife because he feels he doesn’t need one with ‘this one’

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

The ex-Southern Charm star managed to keep Mascoe’s pregnancy a secret until two months before the birth when Kathryn Dennis, 29, mother of his two older children Kenzie, 6, and Saint, 5 , (pictured all together) was informed of the dramatic turn of events by her attorney

The insider said, ‘the Charleston rumor mill has been rampant on this one for weeks.’

But the news of Ravenel’s engagement must carry an extra sting for Dennis, coming as it does at the same time that the former reality star and one-time State Treasurer, has chosen to reignite their long-running custody battle.

The volatile former couple’s vicious custody wrangle, peppered with character assassination and ugly allegations of substance abuse and sexual assault, seemed to have been finally settled last November, when they reached an amicable sharing arrangement.

But Ravenel and Dennis are nothing if not vexatious and he has now filed for sole custody and announced his intentions to quit Charleston citing schooling for Kenzie and Saint as a key factor.

According to one well-placed source, ‘He struggled to get the children into a good school as the younger one has some learning issues, but he’s found one in Aiken so that’s where they’re moving.’

Property records obtained by DailyMail.com show that Ravenel purchased a large home in Aiken, a two-and-a-half-hour drive north east of Charleston, in May.

The 10,000 square foot property listed at £1.8 million and sold for £1.6 million. It boasts seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, a large swimming pool, stables and polo ground for the avid player and offers the privacy that Ravenel has told friends he now craves.

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

Property records obtained by DailyMail.com show that Ravenel purchased a large home in Aiken, a two-and-a-half-hour drive north east of Charleston, in May

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

Now it seems that Ravenel is determined to put his past and Charleston firmly behind him as he embarks on a future with the woman whom he gushingly described as ‘PERFECT,’ in a loving tweet posted on August 24

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

The 10,000 square foot property listed at £1.8 million and sold for £1.6 million. It boasts seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, a large swimming pool, stables and polo ground for the avid player and offers the privacy that Ravenel has told friends he now craves

And while Ravenel has been viciously critical of Dennis’s behavior and mothering abilities he has heaped praise on Mascoe since she gave birth to his second son.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com shortly after Jonathan Jackson was born, Ravenel described her as, ‘a phenomenal mom.’ 

Back then he claimed that he and Mascoe, who had briefly dated last summer, were ‘just friends.’ The romance was clearly rekindled. 

Mascoe also has two children, a son and daughter aged 12 and 13, from a previous relationship with well-known Charleston restaurateur, Leo Chiagkouris, 60.

Chiagkouris has made no secret of his disapproval of Ravenel’s presence in his children’s lives going as far as to string a banner branding Ravenel a sex-offender on the front of his home.

This was an allusion to allegations brought by former nanny Dawn Ledwell who claimed that Ravenel had sexually assaulted her when he returned home one night drunk.

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

Now it seems that Ravenel is determined to put his past and Charleston firmly behind him as he embarks on a future with the woman whom he gushingly described as ‘PERFECT,’ in a loving tweet posted on August 24

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel reveals he's engaged

Along with a sweet picture of their new-born son Ravenel wrote, ‘That smile is the result of a mom who’s been PERFECT for the last 11 months. I want to publicly acknowledge and tell her: Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You’ve given our son a solid path that will embrace him own (sic) his journey through his life.

Thank you Heather Mascoe’

Ravenel was initially charged with assault and battery but the charges were dropped to the lesser crime of third-degree assault to which he pleaded guilty in a plea bargain that saw him pay £80,000 to Charleston based charity, People Against Rape.

Now it seems that Ravenel is determined to put his past and Charleston firmly behind him as he embarks on a future with the woman whom he gushingly described as ‘PERFECT,’ in a loving tweet posted on August 24.

Along with a sweet picture of their new-born son Ravenel wrote, ‘That smile is the result of a mom who’s been PERFECT for the last 11 months. 

‘I want to publicly acknowledge and tell her: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

‘You’ve given our son a solid path that will embrace him own (sic) his journey through his life.

Thank you Heather Mascoe.’

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