Former Below Deck Sailing Yacht stewardess Dani Soares has in the past spoken candidly with fans about the ups and downs of being a single mom and raising baby Lilly alone in Australia.
In September 2022, Soares released a new update about the difficulties of getting her nursing degree while raising her daughter alone. As viewers know, the father of Soares’ baby is her Below Deck co-star Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux, whose involvement in raising the baby has been limited in the past, according to Soares.
The Brazilian native shared a photo of her face and wrote in the caption, “Here comes another selfie with an inspiring caption…” She added that she had her final semester of university for this year and that it was “the toughest semester yet.” was! ” Soares said:
Soares explained that she wanted to share the update to help others. “If you’re struggling, I don’t want you to feel alone,” she wrote. “Most of the time Instagram is all about the perfect life, the big houses, the moms who managed to put on makeup every day, and I don’t relate to that. One challenge at a time, one day at a time. We have that.”
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Soares has shared in the past that she wanted to be a nurse and announced in April 2021 that she had enrolled in nursing school, Bravo’s The Daily Dish reported. “I love it,” she shared at the time. “It’s wonderful. I literally love every theme of it. And I’m really looking forward to it.”
Soares revealed on an episode of Pita Party with her former co-stars Alli Dore and Daisy Kelliher that she plans to continue college after the birth of her daughter. “I was supposed to have a month’s vacation from school after the baby was born. It works really well with the school holidays,” she said. “At least it’s a month with no studies, no work, just me and baby. And then I can slowly study again and then after work. So it actually works well.”
She told Bravo that her interest in the medical field grew after being the medical officer on a few boats. “I was a paramedic, which means I had to do a first aid course,” she says. “I’ve had to deal with medical devices and things like that, so I’ve always enjoyed that side of things.” She added, “I just want to do something that I can be, I actually help, I actually make a difference in people’s lives , you know? And I thought, now is the time, I’ll just try.
The second season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht was filled with drama, particularly between Soares and Cerza-Lanaux after Soares announced her pregnancy post-season. She shared that her boat crew with the sailor led to the pregnancy, while Cerza-Lanaux publicly revealed he wasn’t sure and wanted to take a paternity test.
Soares gave birth to their daughter Lilly in late May 2021, but Cerza-Lanaux didn’t admit he was the father until January 2022. Soares revealed in some Instagram Stories that she was struggling financially and hinted that Cerza-Lanaux wasn’t pulling his weight.
The show’s captain, Glenn Shephard, told Us Weekly in May 2022 that he’d heard Cerza-Lanaux was a little more involved now and was setting up “a college fund” for Lilly. “He regularly talks to her on Zoom because they’re far apart,” Shephard shared. “Obviously he has to keep working and I don’t think he can go to Australia and get a job.” Captain Glenn clarified that his information was second-hand so he wasn’t sure of the exact details of the situation.
On Aug. 13, Soares wrote on Instagram that her daughter is “always my top priority! Only real parents understand that life is no longer about you, it’s about the life you created and brought into this world, and everything you do is for them.”
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