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We all saw how worked up Tom Checketts got when he did not receive the correct provisions in the September 28 episode of Below Deck Mediterranean. However, his girlfriend at the time, Malia White, thought she had a chance to calm Tom down before all the intensity in the galley was captured on camera.
"There's one moment where Tom's in the big walk-in freezer, and he's having a full meltdown. I like walk in, and I don't think there's any cameras. I'm like, 'Tom, you need to lock it up, and get out there!'" Malia recalled during the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 After Show (clip above). "And then I look up and there's a GoPro. I was like, s--t."
The moment Malia is referring to occurred as the last charter of the season got underway. Tom received frozen instead of fresh fish from the provisioner to replace the fish that was not transported properly and too warm in temperature to risk serving to the guests. After Tom showed Malia the poor quality of the frozen fish he received in the freezer in the galley, she attempted to comfort the chef and advise him on how he should handle the situation with Captain Sandy Yawn, with whom there seemed to be tension.
Malia opened up more about what it was like trying to keep the peace between her then-boyfriend and her boss in the After Show. "Obviously, he's my boyfriend. I'm never gonna not worry about how he's doing in the galley. So that's another thing that stresses me out throughout the day. I also think knowing the personalities, I was definitely worried," she said. "I think every chef has their moments, and I think working in the galley is extremely stressful, so knowing that Captain Sandy likes to hover around the galley quite a bit and knowing that Tom is not cool with that, I was like, oh no, this is a recipe for disaster."
Malia confirmed on Instagram earlier this month that she and Tom have broken up. "Tom and I are done. I'm single," Malia later said during her September 28 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "That's the downside to this industry is that it's really tough to work apart and work on these boats, because obviously, you've seen attractions happen and things happen."
However, Malia said that she is in a good place these days despite her recent split. "I'm good. I'm focused," she shared. "I don't want people to think this is yachting and this happens all the time. It's just distance, and it's s--t, but I'm focused on my career."
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