Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the Season 2 reunion of Below Deck Sailing Yacht.
Who knew that a yacht crew would make for must-watch television? Apparently, Bravo was right on the money with Below Deck Sailing Yacht. The drama-filled historic second season has come to an end, and as we tune into the reunion, there’s one major question on all our minds — where in the world is Jean-Luc "JL" Cerza Lanaux?
JL is rumored to be Dani Soares’ baby daddy after their passionate summer yacht fling, and for some reason, he’s nowhere to be seen in the first part of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht reunion. Could that be related to the baby daddy rumors? Well, the rest of the cast certainly had something to say about JL and the lack of his presence at the reunion and in Dani’s life.
JL was not at the ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ reunion, but he filmed a separate interview with Andy Cohen.
JL says that he wishes he could have been at the reunion, but do we really buy that? To be fair, he says he’s working on a yacht in Central America, which is why he couldn’t be at the Below Deck Sailing Yacht reunion. However, the lack of his physical presence at the reunion doesn’t mean he’s not there. In fact, JL is probably the most talked-about cast member in the first part of the reunion.
He does make an appearance in the second part of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht reunion in a separate interview with Andy Cohen. According to him and Dani, we would find out everything we need to know about their relationship and JL’s involvement with Dani’s new baby girl, Lilly.
“I think the reunion is going to answer all the questions and more,” Dani told Entertainment Tonight regarding questions about what happened in their relationship and if JL is Dani’s baby daddy.
Dani also admitted that she was disappointed JL wasn’t at the reunion with the rest of the cast. “It's much better when we're all together and we can have a discussion instead of just being separate, and we might not get a chance to answer and things like that.”
JL is addressing the rumors that he is Dani’s baby daddy in Part Two of the ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ reunion.
Dani all but completely confirmed that Jean-Luc was the father of her baby. 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 was JL.
For his part, Jean-Luc addressed Dani's claims that he is not interested in being a part of his child's life and that he hasn't been supportive throughout her pregnancy. She also stated that he wanted a paternity test done, which she asked him to pay for, but he never got it done. Jean-Luc said that he still wants to have the test done, but that after he asked for it, she didn't take it well.
"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," JL said in the interview with Andy.
"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.
But despite saying that he still wants to have the paternity test done, the reunion special, which was filmed in mid-May, shortly before Lilly's birth, ended with an update saying, "Jean-Luc and Dani have yet to speak with each other."