Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Part 2 of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 2 reunion.
There’s nothing better than a boatmance, and the current season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht has us *literally* shipping Dani Soares and Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux. However, Dani is sporting a new look, a newborn daughter, and Jean-Luc is nowhere to be seen, so Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans are wondering who the baby’s father is.
The reality star opened up about the mystery dad during the Season 2 reunion special of the Bravo series, revealing just who he is and how he feels about the surprise pregnancy. Here’s what we know about the father of Dani Soares’ baby.
Dani Soares has finally revealed that Jean-Luc is her baby daddy.
Dani Soares didn’t announce that she was pregnant until April 24 in an Instagram post. There were already rumors floating around Reddit threads, which were only exacerbated when Dani appeared only neck-up on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live on April 19.
To confirm the rumors, Dani posted what appears to be a mirror selfie (although it’s more likely a person taking a picture of her) showing off her growing baby bump.
She captioned the pregnancy pic, “It’s just you and I little baby." From the looks of it, Dani will be raising her baby without the father in the mix. Dani gave birth to her first daughter, Lilly Rose, on May 26, 2021. Even after Lilly was born, Dani was mum about who her father was.
But at the Season 2 reunion special, Dani revealed who her baby daddy is, and there's little room for interpretation.
When Andy asked Dani, "Is JL the father of your baby?" Dani replied, "Well, let's put it this way: This baby was made during this season while we had cameras 24 / 7 with us, and I only slept with one guy." That one guy, of course, was Jean-Luc.
Dani revealed that their relationship didn't work out because she didn't believe that it could work with their different home bases. Dani lives in Australia, while Jean-Luc lives in America. She didn't want to relocate, but she also didn't expect him to move for her. But things changed when there was a baby added to the mix. Though Jean-Luc was supportive at first, Dani said that he basically disappeared.
"He hasn't supported me at all in any way," she said. "He thinks it's not his child, and he doesn't want to have anything to do with it."
Dani also claimed that Jean-Luc wanted a paternity test, which she asked him to pay for, but he never got one.
Jean-Luc addressed Dani's claims.
Although Jean-Luc couldn't be at the reunion, he did film an interview with Andy. "I asked for a paternity test, and essentially, that turned into a lot of backlash and her not wanting to hear from me and essentially not having to do anything with me. But, for me, as a 24-year-old at the time with not much experience at all in a relationship and a woman telling me that she's pregnant, I feel like that that's a very understandable question to ask in any situation," Jean-Luc shared.
"And she took it very poorly, and I understand why she took it poorly, because, you know, in her mind, I might be the only person that she's ever been with. And if that's the case, I told her, I really do apologize. But for my peace of mind, I just wanted to know. And I told her that if this is my child, I want to be a part of that child's life every single day as much as I can for the rest of her little life or for his life," he said.
He went on to say of the paternity test, "There was talk of a DNA test, and I still want to do it. I was told that I have to pay for it, which is completely fine. Money is not the object; the peace of mind is the object here. So, you know, we've gone as far as me trying to reach out to her doctor's office. ... I'd really like for me and Dani to work together on this. But she told me that if this was my child, that she would never, basically, throw dirt on my name to our child."
However, despite his claims that he wanted to work together with Dani to discover if he was really the father and how he could be more involved if he is, the reunion ended with this update: "Jean-Luc and Dani have yet to speak with each other." The reunion was filmed in mid-May.