Captain Sandy’s Girlfriend Leah Shafer Shares What It’s Like To Date Someone Famous (Exclusive)
Leah Shafer discussed the fun and challenges that come with dating a famous person in an exclusive 2020 interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Shafer dated Captain Sandy Yawn from Under the Mediterranean Bridge for almost two years and spoke candidly about life with Yawn.
Captain Sandy from “Below Deck Mediterranean” Is Recognized Almost Everywhere
Shafer said going just about anywhere without being recognized is difficult. “We can be in public and all of a sudden someone is screaming, ‘Oh my God, Captain Sandy!’ At that point, I don’t exist anymore and I’m just a girl standing there, ”Shafer said with a laugh.
“I laugh and joke that I am the personal photographer. I offer to take pictures because I want to support Sandy and her fan base and I believe in humility, ”she added. “Most of the fans are very respectful and say hello to me, or Sandy will introduce me.”
Fans of “Below Deck Med” can get a little too excited at times
But sometimes the couple have a private moment. “There are times when Sandy I eat and [the fans] just come down to our table uninvited, ”said Shafer. ” That bothers me. This is called the label. Especially if it’s private family time with my daughter.
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“And it really bothers me when the fans are drunk and clinging to Sandy. Can you imagine if some guys or women would come and sit at my table and start hanging on to me? It’s just disrespectful to me? any couple.
Shafer acknowledged that being constantly watched is also a huge challenge. “Sandy and I are both very free spirits and neither of us like to be controlled or told what to do,” she said with a laugh. “So when we’re passionate about something and post about it and then we’re told we’re not in a position to really discuss our views. It can be frustrating. I feel like we are constantly apologizing for being ourselves.
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“I would say the hardest part is constantly watching every move you make so as not to offend someone,” she admitted. “I used to be a gospel artist anyway. I was constantly judged and watched. I couldn’t even post [photos of] myself in a swimsuit or with an alcoholic drink in my hand. Sandy and I live very clean lives so what you see is what you get.
Fame meant sacrifice for Captain Sandy and Leah Shafer of Under Deck Med
Shafer also shared in a separate interview that she was facing a health crisis just as Yawn had to leave to film. Under the Mediterranean Bridge. In 2019, Shafer was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), which are precancerous cysts. “Not a full-fledged cancer,” she shared. “Nothing has spread. [But] if I don’t remove it it could become aggressive since I have the gene. No chemo for me!
She was operated on without Yawn by her side. “I couldn’t sleep, anxious about it all and I will miss Sandy for seven weeks,” Shafer said. “She is my strength in many ways and asks questions, and is so protective of me, it will be hard not to have her, yet it is an incredible process of building faith. Sandy and I always keep God at the center. Shafer has had a successful operation and no longer has cancer.
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