Malia White dishes on finding out about ex-boyfriend Tom Checketts‘ alleged cheating as she reveals where they stand today and shares whether working with the chef on Below Deck Mediterranean affected their relationship.
Malia and Tom split following season five and she briefly addressed their breakup on a recent episode, claiming he had been unfaithful to her. Though Tom has yet to confirm or deny the bosun’s allegations, Malia discussed their messy split in a new interview.
“Yeah, we were, you know, working on different boats,” she told Us Weekly on July 29. “It was in the pandemic [that] had just happened. So, it was impossible for us to see each other. It was right when the show is coming out, it’s obviously a lot going on in our lives. And, yeah, he found someone else on his boats, and I didn’t know for a couple of months.”
According to Malia, she was in the dark about his infidelity until a friend filled her in, causing “all hell to break loose” in their relationship. Nevertheless, she said Tom’s subsequently shown remorse for his actions.
“He’s very sorry,” the 31-year-old revealed. “He’s apologetic. He wants to get back with me, but wow, not for me.”
Though Tom allegedly wants Malia back, she’s keeping her distance as they haven’t talked since filming wrapped on season five. And in hindsight, Malia wishes he had never joined the show in the first place because she believes things may have turned out differently if he hadn’t.
“You learn; you live and you learn,” she said. “I think, in hindsight, I probably would not have loved for him to come on the show. I was never really dying to work with him on the show. I kind of wished we would’ve kept those two things separate. I think that would have helped our relationship a lot.”
Malia first confirmed their breakup back in September 2020, but at the time, she chose to keep the nature of their split private.
“Hey, guys, it’s Malia. My personal life seems to be quite the topic at the moment,” she began in the September 22 video she shared via Instagram. “And I am not on Twitter, I don’t do a lot of Instagram Lives, so I thought I would send out a message in my own words. So first off, yes, Tom and I have split. The details surrounding all of it I am trying to keep a little private, just out of respect to him and I. But yes, I am single.”
Below Deck Mediterranean season six airs Monday nights on Bravo at 9/8c.