Monday, August 2

Below Deck's Dani and Jean-Luc's Ups and Downs

Making waves! Dani Soares and Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux ended their time on season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht together, but it wasn’t long before the pair were in a complicated situation.

The costars met on the Parsifal III and it wasn’t long before Jean-Luc revealed that he had a crush on the stew. Although their relationship was initially just casual, they eventually started to become serious over the course of the season.

“You’ve been there for me every step of the way,” the deckhand told Dani during one of their last night’s together on the boat. “You made this entire trip that much better.”

Even though Dani seemed to feel the same, she wasn’t sure they were looking for the same thing.

“To be a hundred percent honest, you make me feel, like, I’m the most amazing person in the world,” the stew said in a June 2021 episode. “But I just don’t see how this could actually work. That’s what you get when you get with 30-plus year-old women, who have no time to waste.”

Jean-Luc, however,​​​​ was positive they could make it work. He told Dani: “At the end of the day, if we make one another happy, then that’s all that matters.”

Following their show exits, Dani went on to reveal that she was pregnant in April 2021.

“Everybody’s so supportive,” Dani exclusively told Us Weekly in May 2021. “Alli [Dore]‘s in Australia and she was like, ‘My parents said they can come to their farm if you need some support, and you can stay here with us and they’ll be the grandparents!’”

Dani added that Natasha De Bourg, Daisy Kelliher, Glenn Shephard, Colin Macrae and Sydney Zaruba all reached out to her, but she didn’t mention Jean-Luc at the time.

Fans began to speculate that the deckhand was the father of Dani’s daughter, whom she welcomed in May 2021.

“She is here. She is perfect. And we trying to figure this thing out,” she captioned a photo of the newborn’s little hand at the time. “We both healthy and happy. Thank you for all the support Below Deck's Dani and Jean-Luc's Ups and Downs _715_braunwyn-reveals-the-only-person-from-rhoc-whos-supported-her Below Deck's Dani and Jean-Luc's Ups and Downs _715_braunwyn-reveals-the-only-person-from-rhoc-whos-supported-her Below Deck's Dani and Jean-Luc's Ups and Downs _715_braunwyn-reveals-the-only-person-from-rhoc-whos-supported-her Will post more once mummy had some rest Below Deck's Dani and Jean-Luc's Ups and Downs _157_jesse-metcalfe-goes-instagram-official-with-girlfriend-corin-jamie-lee-clark .”

One month later, Jean-Luc took to social media to explain his side of the story.

“There’s a lot of gossip about my social media silence so I think it’s time to clear the air. While others are off chasing their 15 minutes of fame, I am working on a yacht in Central America,” he wrote via Instagram in June 2021. “[I’m] heartbroken to have to hear about the baby’s birth on social media and read headlines, like, ‘Dani Soares Says Her Baby’s Father Doesn’t Want Anything to Do With It.’ All I can say is if it’s mine, I want to be involved 100 [percent].”

He continued: “As someone who grew up with parents who weren’t together, I wouldn’t wish that on any child. Not looking for a pity party. Just want everyone to know how strongly I feel about this, especially the haters who are so sure I am neglecting my responsibility. No one wants to know more than me if this is my baby girl!”

Scroll through for a timeline of their ups and downs:

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An Unexpected Distraction

After Jean-Luc proved to be not so fun during a night off, Dani decided to enjoy her time with fellow stew Alli.

“When I am drunk, I get touchy and emotional. When Jean-Luc gets drunk, he is just in himself. He is like a little flower that doesn’t have water,” Dani explained during a May 2021 episode. The duo went to a guest cabin and hooked up, which both women confirmed after the episode aired.

“I mean, Alli’s gorgeous, you know, and for me, if people are having fun and you’re not upsetting anybody, it doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or if it’s a girl,” Dani exclusively told Us that same month. “We were just having fun and that’s it.”

Courtesy Dani Soares/Instagram; Courtesy Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux/Instagram; Laurent Basset/Bravo

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The Chlamydia Scare

During a May 2021 episode, Jean-Luc revealed to Dani that he was struggling with a health scare that could be a potential STD.

“I’m thinking I’m having fun and enjoying myself and then there you go, serious s–t. Not only f–king feelings but also f–king diseases,” Dani said after learning the news.

The stew considered leaving the boat but chose to stay after talking to Colin. Jean-Luc later learned from the doctor that he didn’t actually have an STD like he initially thought.


Courtesy Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux/Instagram

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Planning a Future Together

As the crew’s time on the Parsifal was coming to an end, Jean-Luc and Dani talked about what the future looked like for them in a June 2021 episode.

The deckhand told the stew that she “means a lot” to him. But for Dani, she was looking for something serious in the relationship.

“I want to have babies, I want to get married,” she said. “Do you want to do that? Let’s have sex tonight. And if I get pregnant? That’s God’s will.”

While Dani was joking about getting pregnant at the time, she did explain that she was nervous about Jean-Luc’s lack of commitment in relationships in the past.

“It really scares me that you haven’t had a relationship before,” she told him.

Jean-Luc convinced Dani to try to take a “leap of faith” and the twosome ended up leaving the boat together at the end of the charter season.  

Courtesy Dani Soares/Instagram; Courtesy Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux/Instagram

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Surprise Pregnancy

In April 2021, Dani revealed on social media that she was expecting her first child.

“It’s just you and I little baby,” she captioned the photo of her growing baby bump via Instagram.

While many fans wondered if Dani’s boat romance with Jean-Luc led to a pregnancy, she told Us that she wasn’t looking to reveal her baby’s father publicly at the time.

“I just don’t think that’s relevant for my situation, that’s all,” the Bravo personality told Us one month after her announcement. “I understand that people are curious about it, and I understand that I’m on a TV show and everybody wants to know. I just don’t think it’s anybody’s business right now.”

Courtesy Dani Soares/Instagram

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Jean-Luc Breaks His Silence

Right before the first part of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht reunion, Jean-Luc addressed all the speculation about whether he was the father of Dani’s daughter and was met with backlash from fans and several of his cast members. Alli, Sydney, Colin and Natasha called for the deckhand to deal with the possibility that the child is his.

Jean-Luc clarified the next day that he was actively looking to take a paternity test.

“Yes, I know paternity test kits are available at drugstores but the goal is for us to take the tests together instead of shipping saliva samples around the world. But yes, there will be one ASAP,” he confirmed at the time.

He added: “Why am I sharing on Insta? Because its the only way I have to set the record straight about me not wanting to be involved if the baby is mine.”

Jean-Luc said that he was blocked by Dani on Instagram in December 2020, but that following his recent post he received a message from his ex on WhatsApp.

Courtesy Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux/Instagram

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