Ben shared the first photo of himself and his new girlfriend, Kiara Cabral, on his Instagram on May 22. He posted a pic of the two in matching robes during their stay at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Ben and Kiara have big smiles on their faces in the snap.
It appears that Ben and Kiara have been in self-quarantine together in Florida amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Kiara even appeared in a music video with Ben that he posted on his Instagram earlier this month.
Kiara has already gotten two big thumbs up from some of Ben's former crewmates, including Anastasia Surmava, who said, "You guys look so happy," in the comments to the photo, and Colin Macy-O'Toole, who complimented the chef's "great pics."
Ben's ex-girlfriend Emily Warburton-Adams also called the photos "lovely" in the comments to the post and defended the couple against those who criticized the age difference between them. Kiara thanked Emily for her support and also responded to the criticism herself. "Guys... he’s 39, I’m 26 years old," she wrote in the comments to Ben's post. "I’m with Ben because he’s smart and I love him."
Emily similarly shared her approval of Ben's new girlfriend during a recent interview with Life After Bravo, which you can view, above. "He's very happy with Kiara anyway, so that's good," Emily shared. "I'm very happy for him."
When The Daily Dish previously caught up with Ben during the Below Deck 100th episode celebration on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in January, he teased that he was seeing someone, although he did not reveal her identity. "There is a girl that I like at the moment. We're trying to take it slowly. So we'll see what becomes of it," he said. "But she's a friend, and we're having a good time together."
Kiara started sharing photos of herself and Ben on Instagram as early as March, giving a glimpse into the couple's life in Florida.
Ben isn't the only yachtie to have found love after Below Deck. His fellow Below Deck Season 4 crew member Nico Scholly also revealed some major relationship news in the latest edition of Life After Bravo, which you can check out, below.
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