“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” star, Jean-Luc Cerza-Lanaux, has finally come forward admitting that he is the father of co-star Dani Soares’ baby girl.
In April of 2021, Soares announced her pregnancy. She gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Lilly Rose, in May.
After claiming on the season that he didn’t think the child was his and that he wanted nothing to do with it, nearly eight months later, Jean-Luc has announced in an Instagram post that he is the father.
“As the year 2021 came to a close. A new year in 2022 begins with high ambitions and positivity. My silence on social media has been intentional and much needed. I used that time to focus on what was important to me and my mental health,” he wrote in the caption. “I can’t let 2022 go any further without sharing some beautiful news. An international DNA test that was done a while ago was no small feat. I’m happy and proud to say Sweet and beautiful Lilly rose is my daughter.”
He continued, “Dani and I have been working and communicating together to the best of our ability; given Dani is a full-time mother and worker, and I being gone for extended periods of time not knowing when I will step back on land. This is imperative for the sake of our daughter as she needs both parents in her life.”
J.L. concluded the post by saying, “With that being said, going forward, I will no longer feel the need to explain myself to anybody when realizing people only understand from their level of perception. I am thankful for my friends, and family who have stuck by my side through thick and thin. As I look forward to this new year with new opportunities, I will be striving to be the best man and father that I can be. God bless.”
Mama Dani has yet to publicly respond to Jean-Luc’s announcement.