EXCLUSIVE | Are Sydney Zaruba and Gary King still dating? 'Below Deck' star reveals her side of the story
Sydney and Gary slept together after wrapping up the first crew party
Sydney Zaruba and Gary King didn't hide the fact that they wanted more out of the first night of partying on Parsifal III. The said 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht' cast members were down a few drinks and conversations when they decided to take it to the bedroom. Gary said he didn't want a seasonal fling and that it would be a one-night thing between them, she Sydney readily agreed to. A few episodes later, he has moved on while Sydney is hung up and secretly hoping that they find a way to get back together.
In an interview with MEAWW, however, Sydney revealed that "getting involved with Gary probably wasn't the smartest idea ever." Even though she realizes what she had done, feelings of love are usually hard to keep a check on. "You can't control your feelings! It’s a small area and you get to know your crew very intimately, for better or worse." Which makes us ask if Sydney and Gary are dating outside of the show?
A quick look at their Instagram profiles will tell you they are busy with their own lives and not dating each other. However, that was easy to guess given the way they have been progressing on the Bravo-backed show.
After their first night together, Gary decided it was best if he had an open chat with Sydney and, while at it, he friend-zoned her. She, however, continued to find ways to be closer to Gary. Once, she even insisted they slept in the same bed, which probably made him uncomfortable. Not surprisingly, this move by Sydney only complicated their relationship and soon, Gary moved on to Alli Dore, one of the stewardesses.
Gary didn't hide the fact that he was over his one-night stand with Sydney. At the next party, Gary was spotted cozying up to Alli, with Sydney seated a few inches away. Even though it appeared she wasn't affected but a closure from him would have been appreciated. In the preview clip dropped by Bravo, we see Alli and Gary chatting when Sydney arrives in the dining area. They are immediately conscious of her presence and hoping she'd go back to her cabin.
Sydney's experiences around love may have been bitter but she was able to forge meaningful friendships during her time on the luxury yacht. She and chef Natasha De Bourg are great friends now and they chat almost every day. "Natasha is one of my dearest friends, I chat with her almost daily. I don't see her as arrogant one bit, I think she is strong, confident, and a kind friend," she said and added: "She’s been through hell and back and knows who she is and isn't afraid to show it. I would want her in my lifeboat if the ship was sinking."
Sydney joined the Parsifal III crew as a deckhand and she's a lot more than just the in-house drama. When not caught up fulfilling demands made by the charter guests', she saves lives. "One night when I was on the night shift a member of production fell in the water and I had to help get them out! Just makes me remember my job during filming is much more than just what is going on with the crew and the guests," Sydney recalled.
Catch more of Sydney's stories on 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht'. The Bravo show airs every Monday at 9/8c. For more information, check your local listings.
Take a look at Sydney and her epic travel photo dumps here: