Below Deck’s Chef Rachel Hargrove Talks Drama With Eddie and Split From Ex-Boyfriend After Ultimatum Not to Film

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Below Deck's Chef Rachel Hargrove Talks Drama With Eddie and Ultimatum by Ex-Boyfriend Not to Film

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Ahead of tonight’s Below Deck season premiere, Chef Rachel Hargrove is dishing on her drama with First Officer Eddie Lucas.

In a new interview, Chef Rachel says despite their drama on season eight, she came into Below Deck’s new season not holding a grudge.

“For me, grudges mean that I would actually have to care and give significance to that issue or that individual. I don’t,” Rachel, 39, revealed to Us Weekly.

In the Below Deck season nine trailer, viewers get a preview of lots of drama between the cast, including a scene that shows Rachel having a confrontation with Eddie over some issues they had last season.

“Alarming things were said on your behalf viciously attacking my integrity and character,” Rachel can be seen telling Eddie before stew Fraser Olender states that a “volcano is about to erupt” between the two costars.

In more Rachel Hargrove news, she also dishes on her split from ex-boyfriend Vincenzo, who was featured on the show last season, as she reveals the Bravo series is actually to blame for their breakup.

“I got an ultimatum of, ‘Please don’t film that show.’ And then, ‘Why are you still working on boats?’” shared Rachel. “So I was, like, ‘Well, you met me doing it.’”

Viewers got a glimpse into Rachel’s relationship on season eight after she temporarily quit upon being informed by Vincenzo of just how serious COVID-19 was, and although she ended up coming back to finish the season, the couple ultimately called it quits in January.

“We’re not together. Yeah, it took us five months to get back together — well, to see each other again from the start of filming,” she dished on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen back then. “It took me 21 days at sea to get back to him, and before I knew it, it was done.”

Reflecting on the breakup, Rachel acknowledges that long-distance relationships are tough to sustain with what she does for a living.

“It’s extremely difficult. I mean, it is what it is, especially if your partner’s not on the vessel with you,” she shared. “You’re out of port for so long and that individual is alone to their own devices. So there can be insecurities that arise and arguments or misunderstandings that happen.”

Below Deck season nine premieres tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.