The Story of Dani Soares and Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux from Below Deck Sailing Yacht

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is a fun show following the lives of those who work and live on a luxury sailing yacht. It introduced us to Dani Soares and Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux. After season one, the two began a flirtatious relationship. After some more time, things were slowly getting more serious.

Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux / Dani Soares
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In May 2021, Jean-Luc confessed that Dani was so special to him during the Bravo show. “I am afraid of falling in love with her,” he said. Here is the story of the couple and their ups and downs.

Their Beautiful Baby Together

The duo has a beautiful baby girl together, Lily-Rose. The news that Dani was pregnant came in April 2021. She clarified that she was expecting her first child and shared her baby bump on Instagram. She said, “I know everybody is curious about who the dad was, but I don’t think it is anybody’s business right now.”

Dani Soares poses for a photo during her pregnancy.
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On May 29th, she revealed that her baby girl had arrived but gave no information about the father. Below Deck Sailing Yacht star Jean finally confirmed that Lily was his daughter. “I am happy and proud to say sweet Lilly is my daughter.” After he got the DNA results, he was nearly eight months after birth.

Motherhood Was Always On Her Mind

Though jokingly, Dani had predicted the baby. This was after Jean-Luc confessed how special she was to him. However, Dani was looking for something more serious in a relationship. Dani responded that she wanted to get married and have babies.

Dani takes a selfie with her daughter.
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She continued to tease Jean-Luc, “let’s have sex tonight” she went on to say that if she got pregnant, then it’s God’s will. Later on, now on a serious note, Dani opened up to Jean about her plans. She made it clear that motherhood was in her mind.

They Have a Sizeable Age Difference

Jean-Luc had not been in any other romantic relationship before. This was going to be his very first relationship. Dani perceived this as a lack of commitment and was unsure that Jean would be committed this time around.

Jean-Luc Cerza Lanaux and Dani Soares get close in a still from Below Deck.
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Dani even notes that Jean is still young, and his youth would hold him from committing to her. She, however, wants the best for him. Their age gap was eight years, with Dani the older one in the relationship. It seemed to make Dani cautious about his ability to be in a long-term relationship.

Jean-Luc Isn’t a Good Dad

The beauty therapist and now Lily’s mom confessed that Jean made her feel so special. She said that Jean made her feel like she was the most fantastic person. She went on to say that she, however, didn’t see the relationship working.

Jean-Luc and Dani have a conversation.
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Sadly the pair don’t seem like they’ll ever get back together, and Jean isn’t in Lily’s life. In early 2022, Jean committed to raising their daughter and acknowledged that she needed both parents. Recently, however. Dani said that she wasn’t getting any support “financially and otherwise” from him.