Below Deck Mediterranean’s Courtney Veale opens up about her on-screen romance with co-star Mzi “Zee” Dempers.
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the reality star spoke candidly about how producers of the show fabricated scenes involving her friend Zee: “With me and Zee [Dempers], it was just a tequila romance and I knew that, just one night. The next day I actually spoke to him and said “I think we’re just friends” but obviously they didn’t use that bit, they used the bits where we are dancing and flirting whilst we’re working. And by the end of the season we were in this whole romance!”
The professional yachter continued: “They had asked Zee when he was drunk “I don’t suppose you want to buy Courtney flowers?” and he had drunkenly said “oh yeah maybe”. Then next minute, two days later, they say “when you sit down for your meal tonight there’s going to be flowers delivered to the table. Twelve red roses for Courtney” and he was like “what?!””
Courtney opened up about the way producers manipulate the show: “They definitely love to have a play about with the edits and they’re very clever about what they do. They definitely edit it in a way that if they don’t have a romance going on then they’ll make one. Luckily me and Zee were quite good friends so it was fine. I think he probably felt a bit set up.”
“Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Tom Houghton here.