'Below Deck Mediterranean' Stew Kyle Viljoen Secretly Wed Zachary Riley in 2023

Shannon Raphael - Author

Jan. 30 2024, Updated 1:58 p.m. ET

After joining the hit reality series Below Deck Mediterranean in Season 7, Kyle Viljeon won fans over with his hilarious confessionals. The Home second stew's banter and fun rapport with fellow stews Natalya and Natasha added moments of levity to the series too.

Kyle hails from South Africa, and he's worked as a Chief Stew on other vessels before (which is why he wanted to share the second stew status with Natalya).

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When Season 7 filmed, Kyle was newly single following a decade-plus relationship. But since then, a lot has changed for the yachtie. He even secretly got married!

Kyle Viljoen of 'Below Deck Mediterranean' attends BravoCon 2023 wearing a jean jacket.
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'Below Deck Med' star Kyle Viljoen started dating Zachary Riley 2021, and they secretly got married in 2023.

Although Kyle was exploring his single life on the Bravo program (including a connection with Frank) in Season 7, he is now married to Dr. Zachary Riley.

Kyle's husband is a doctor of physical therapy in at NYU Langone in New York City. The stew is used to traveling around the world on yachts, but he moved to the Big Apple shortly after he filmed Season 7 of Below Deck Med.

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Kyle actually met Zachary (and Zachary's dog, Jameson) for the first time about two weeks after he moved to New York in the fall of 2021.

In the caption of an Aug. 27, 2022 Instagram post, Kyle referred to Zachary as his "hubby to be."

"I searched across oceans and years for my little family, to feel home, to feel love, to feel complete and to feel like I can truly live my open authentic life," Kyle wrote, before mentioning Zachary and their dog, Jameson. "To my hubby to be @dr.zriles and our lover Jameson! My life would be incomplete without you both."

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Then, on Nov. 22, 2022, Kyle kicked things up a notch by traveling with Zachary to Table Mountain in South Africa. It was then that the stew proposed to Zachary, sharing a video of the picture-perfect moment via Instagram.

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Kyle Viljoen kept his marriage to Zachary a secret for almost a year!

Fast forward to Jan. 12, 2024, and fans only just learned that Kyle and Zachary had actually tied the knot! In a lengthy Instagram post, the Below Deck Med alum revealed that the two had gotten married on April 6, 2023. He also wrote, "Yes, you saw that right. Almost a year of marriage before we spilled the beans! A day when two individual lives blended into one beautiful story."

Despite the bumps Kyle encountered in his personal and professional life, we are happy to see him settled down with someone who brings so much joy to his life!

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