Courtney Veale has spoken exclusively with Express.co.uk to give fans the low-down on what goes on aboard the yacht when the cameras aren’t rolling.
The TV star, who was a late-comer after joining the programme mid-charter, was faced with the prospect of getting to know her fellow staff members while making a good impression.
Now, Veale has reflected on her experience in retrospect, likening her life on the yacht to being in a boarding school.
The star went on to confess that sharing such small spaces with others can lead to situations that are “a lot more awkward” than they would be in a regular 9 to 5.
She began: “You kind of feel like you’re in boarding school when you work on a boat and you’re a bit older.”
Veale continued: “I mean, depending on the boat size you can be living with anything from like eight to 40 crew members, you know?
“So, being on a boat with people – sometimes if you don’t like them it can be a lot.”
Asked whether there were any awkward moments, Veale revealed: “Yes, definitely. It’s like being in a workplace in an office and not really getting on with [somebody].
“[But] rather than going home at five o’clock you go to a compartment, which is next door to their cabin, and you go out and eat together, or you’re in the crew mess together.
“So, yeah, it definitely makes relationships and friendships with work colleagues a lot more awkward.”
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Elsewhere in the interview, Veale reflected on the reception to her new OnlyFans account, after surprising fans last month with the launch.
Courtney candidly explained the decision came after fans had been urging her to join the content subscription service, which is often used by sex workers who produce pornography, as well as other creators including fitness experts and musicians.
Courtney said: “Since I started Below Deck people have asked me to do it, so I just thought, ‘Why not?’
“I post so much on Instagram anyway, I may as well split up my platforms a little bit and make some money from it, as well.
“If anything I feel like it’s giving me back some control over… I don’t know… It’s been quite empowering doing it, to be honest.”
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