Olivia Culpo discussed her new show and how her boyfriend would react to her landing the cover of SI Swimsuit

Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo at a 2017 screening of Culpo's film "American Satan." —Steven Ryerson/Boston Film Festival

Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola’s relationship may have hit a bump earlier this year, but based on a recent E! News interview with Culpo, it seems like it’s smooth sailing for the former Miss Universe and the former Patriots wide receiver right now.

The Rhode Island native was on E! to discuss “Model Squad,” an E! docuseries that chronicles the lives of eight supermodels, including Culpo, as they navigate the ups and downs of working in the fashion industry. According to Culpo, part of the series will focus on the shoot Culpo did for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.


When asked by E! News host Justin Sylvester how “[her] man” would react to her landing the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Culpo laughed.

“He’d be excited,” Culpo said, also not using Amendola’s name directly. “He’d probably also be a little bit nervous, to be honest with you.”

Culpo told the E! News hosts that her boyfriend wouldn’t play a major role in the show.

“I think a little bit, but not too much,” Culpo said of whether he’d make cameos in “Model Squad,” as Instagram photos of Culpo and Amendola kissing and cuddling appeared on the screen. “There’s not a whole lot of personal — relationship-wise — stuff for me, but you’ll get a little bit.”

Culpo also sent along best wishes to her ex-boyfriend, singer Nick Jonas. Jonas recently got engaged to actress Priyanka Chopra, who spent part of her teenage years growing up in Newton and is known to American audiences for her roles in “Quantico” and the 2017 “Baywatch” movie.

“Very excited for him, definitely,” Culpo said. “Of course you want to wish the best on anyone, and love, especially in this industry, is so hard to find. So I’m very happy to see people happy.”

Correction 9/7/2018: A previous version of this story misidentified Culpo’s ex-boyfriend. Boston.com regrets the error.
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