If you’ve been tuning in to Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8, you’re likely familiar with Natalya, who’s been causing quite a stir on the superyacht Mustique. From her previous role as a second stewardess in Season 7 to her temporary chief stewardess gig in Season 8, Natalya has kept us all on our toes with her drama-filled journey.
In the latest episode, “Tightly Unwound,” airing this week, tensions are running high between Natalya and Tumi, while Captain Sandy finds herself ashore for an injury check. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, and we can’t get enough!
But amidst the drama, there’s one burning question on everyone’s minds: What’s going on with Natalya’s love life? From her ongoing feud with Tumi to diving headfirst into a love triangle with Luka, Natalya has become the talk of the town. We’ve got the inside scoop on her romantic escapades.
Is Natalya Still Together With Her Boyfriend?
In a candid interview with Us Weekly in November, Natalya revealed that her boatmance with Luka from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8 had sailed its course. “No, we’re just good friends,” Natalya shared. With Luka in Indonesia and Natalya in America, they’ve transitioned from romance to friendship, staying connected through Bravo updates and posts.
But that’s not the end of the story. Natalya dropped a bombshell – she’s proudly “single AF” and bid farewell to the boyfriend she was dating during Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8.
Luka’s Love Life Takes A New Turn
While Natalya embraces singlehood, Luka confirmed to Us Weekly that he’s now happily committed to the partner he was with before the show. A brief split during filming didn’t deter them, and they’ve rekindled their flame.
However, Luka’s girlfriend seems blissfully unaware of his boatmance with Natalya on the Mustique, and he’s not rushing to spill the beans.
Audience Opinions Abound: Several Reactions
Viewers had a lot to say in the comments section of a YouTube preview for Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8, Episode 7, regarding Natalya’s relationship predicament. Some urged her to break free from the open relationship, citing mixed feelings and drama, while others labeled her boyfriend as a “red flag.” The on-screen drama has ignited a flurry of opinions, and fans are eagerly voicing their thoughts.
Before Luka, There Was Storm: Natalya’s Prior Boat Romance
Preceding the love triangle with Luka and her boyfriend, Natalya had a boatmance with bosun Storm Smith in Below Deck Mediterranean Season 7. While their romance did not endure, Storm assured fans that they parted ways amicably.
In a heartfelt Instagram Story post after the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 7 finale in November 2022, Storm clarified that he and Natalya were no longer a couple. However, they remained on “good terms.” Storm extended his best wishes to Natalya, emphasizing the enjoyable and entertaining moments they shared. Natalya shared Storm’s post on her own Instagram, shedding light on the fact that what viewers see on TV represents only a fraction of their lives.
Addressing any potential negativity, Natalya encouraged her followers to focus on the positive aspects and refrain from expressing negative opinions. She reminded everyone that the show captures just a small part of their day, emphasizing the numerous happy memories they created together.
Moving forward, in an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in September 2022, Natalya shared more insights. She not only still possesses the watch Storm gave her during Below Deck Mediterranean Season 7, but she occasionally wears it, even though reading the time can be somewhat challenging. Natalya also took a moment to reflect and apologize for her behavior towards Storm during the season. She acknowledged the banter and recognized that she didn’t need to be confrontational, prompting self-reflection and even contemplating a serene retreat to Costa Rica.