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Madison Stalker and Georgia Grobler Explain Their Tension at the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Reunion
The Parsifal III stews have come to see their friendship very differently since the season.
This season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht was all about the "couple, couple, couple," as Madison Stalker put it. However, there was some fierce female friendship going on as well, especially between Madison and her fellow stew Georgia Grobler.
Madison and Georgia seemed to form one of the closest bonds on the boat as the interior's second stew and third stew, respectively. They even had one of the most emotional goodbyes when the charter season came to an end. "I'm gonna miss Georgia the most because I feel like I found a sister," Madison said in an interview during the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 1 finale. "I know that's someone I'm going to have in my life for the rest of my life."
Cut to the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 1 reunion on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home on June 1, and the stews didn't exactly seem to be in the same place. You could sense some friction as they discussed all of this season's interior drama. Madison even expressed that she felt like Georgia wasn't as supportive as she thought during the season or she hoped she would be at the reunion.
When we caught up with Madison via video chat on June 3, she explained that she viewed Georgia differently after watching this season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. "I thought she always had my back throughout the season, and it was definitely hard for me to obviously watch the show and see that she's kind of only being a friend to me when it was convenient or advantageous for her," Madison revealed in our new video series, The Final Word, which you can view, above. "I still love her to death. I still support her. It's just that she didn't have my back in a lot of ways that I thought she would. I don't know, it's sad. It make me sad because I love her."
Georgia clarified some of her reunion comments during an interview with The Final Word on June 3, explaining that Madison may have taken some of what she said the wrong way (clip below). "Everyone knows I don't want to have fights and drama, and I don't like people involving me in their arguments. I don't think Madison loved when I went at Adam [Glick], because I think she might have felt it was me defending Jenna [MacGillivray]," Georgia said. "It really had nothing to do with Jenna; it's just me telling Adam I found him to be very disrespectful to everyone, especially Jenna. I think Madison might have taken it as me abandoning her team and fighting in Jenna's camp."
She went on to say that she already feels like she has spoken up about the Jenna-Madison situation this season. "Any negative feelings I have towards Adam or Jenna or anyone, I've let it go. But I think Madison's still upset about a lot of things that happened between her and Jenna," Georgia shared. "So I know people want me to rev up and be with Madison and say that Jenna was awful, but we've said it. It's already done. I don't feel like I have to attack Jenna a million times. Social media's already told her what they think of her; I don't really think we have to butcher it anymore."
Madison said that she felt like Georgia would "go behind my back and say things to Jenna that I had said" during the charter season. "It pissed me off because she was acting one way to my face," she said. "So it's like, are you friends with her, are you not friends with her? Are you friends with me, are you not friends with me?"
Still, Madison is remaining optimistic that she and Georgia can one day get their friendship back on track. "I hope so," Madison shared. "That's all on her. I've tried. Multiple times."
However, Georgia's feelings on where she and Madison go from here are a bit more complicated. "I can't explain myself and say sorry to Madison for not chiming in more with going at Jenna. Madison and I are really, really close. I don't think we'll ever be able to unravel how tight-knit we are," Georgia said. "I'm sure she would much rather me be protective and really aggressive about this stuff, but I can't fight anyone's fights. I'm kind of tired of everyone being upset at me. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to let people cool off because I can't keep taking it from everywhere."
Georgia noted that being in the middle of Madison and Jenna's conflict this season has been a very difficult place to be. "I don't know, it's very confusing to me, because I never know if someone's going to get upset at me for saying something about the other one, and then when I try to not say anything, suddenly the silence is a problem," she said. "So I'm confused as f--k. I have no idea when to have an opinion anymore."