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After the argument in the hot tub, conflict broke out once again in the crew mess when Lexi Wilson expressed that she thought Malia was being "fake" while comforting her about her father in their cabin earlier this season. As the crewmates tried to hash out their issues with each other the next day, Lexi maintained her stance on the matter, even though Malia assured her, "I was being very genuine."
Malia responded to Lexi questioning her sincerity during an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider earlier this month. "Yeah, that actually got me pretty emotional. That was a really s----y thing to say, 'cause, you know, I think there’s a lot of things people can fake, and that’s just not one of them," she recalled. "I think in that moment when she said, 'You’re not being real,' I just, I was really taken back by that and hurt, 'cause it’s like, what kind of person do you think I am? Like, you’re making me out to be kind of a monster in that sense. And that just couldn’t be further from the truth. Like, you just told me your dad died, and I’m there supporting you. Like, the last thing I’m thinking about is whatever she thought."
The bosun said that she felt like Lexi had "made up her mind about who I was" before the two had even met. "I think unfortunately with Lexi, I think she came into the season with some preconceived notions of who I was and who I am. And that obviously was coming out a bit when she was saying things like that. And that’s really tough, that when you’re in this position where she might have watched a past season or something and she’s already, you know, made up her mind about who you are. And that’s tough. It’s really tough," Malia shared. "It’s just unfortunate, 'cause you’re watching a TV program and you’re making up your mind about who I am as a person. And you’re never giving me a chance when, you know, I’m sure after she watches this season, she will never want someone to do that to her."
Lexi later apologized to Malia in the August 9 episode of Below Deck Med. "I feel sorry for judging you," she told the bosun. "I really did, 'cause, like, you were authentic, and I took it the wrong way."
However, during an interview with Bravo Insider earlier this month, Lexi said that she still feels like Malia wasn't being sincere in comforting her, and the moment "was just odd." "When someone’s talking to me or embracing me, I literally wake up, I speak to them," she added. "If you can tell from the episode, I didn’t acknowledge her. I just kept my covers over my head because it didn’t feel real. Like, I didn’t move my covers. I didn’t wake up to say thank you, nothing. I just was like, OK, I’m just gonna just let her talk and finish what she had to say."
Still, Malia and Lexi were eventually able to move forward after their drama. "I kind of tried to sympathize and just say, you know, we’ve all been there. I was expecting more of an apology, but that never really happened. But I think at that point, it was like, right, Captain Sandy [Yawn] wants you to stay, she’s staying, so it’s on us to kind of, you know, turn the cheek and start a new page and just make it through the season," Malia explained. "And yeah, I tried to just kind of rally behind her, because we’ve all had those drunken nights that we regret, and hopefully that was it."
Malia said that she and the deckhands ultimately realized that they had to put all the conflict aside in order to have a successful rest of the charter season. "I know that if it was me, I would be really embarrassed. You know, and I would just kind of want it to all be swept under the rug," she shared. "So I think, yeah, especially [the] deck crew, we were just kind of like, you know what, it doesn’t matter, like, let’s move past it. And carry on. When you’re mid-charter season, that’s kind of what you have to do."
Something positive did come out of these tough times for the crew as the events of the night showed just how much the deck team had each other's backs this season. "It’s really cool to see the deck crew rally behind one another and just support one another and kind of stick up for one another. And just say, you know, like, 'We’re not gonna let you treat a member of our team like this,'" Malia said. "The guys kind of have my back, and they’re just kind of telling her to go to bed. And we’re just trying to, like, defuse the situation. And it’s such a good feeling to know that your team all supports you and is behind you. And I feel the same about them. I was there for them."
Want more Below Deck Med? Season 6 airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo with early access to new episodes on Peacock.
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