Gabriela reveals why she was so sinister [Exclusive]


Gabriela Barragan said her anxiety was through the roof during the Sailboat under the bridge meeting because she thought the cast was going to gang up on her.

Barragan had a strained relationship with Ashley Marti and chef Marcos Spaziani. She told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that the majority of the cast didn’t talk to her at the time of the reunion, which added to her stress level.

Gabriela had not spoken to any crew of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” before the meeting

Barragan, who was quite keen on Sailboat under the bridge was unusually quiet throughout the meeting. “I know why I was quiet during the meeting,” she said. “I was super nervous because it’s the first time I’ve seen everyone since I left. Except for Gary [King]. I had seen him in Los Angeles when we were doing our pickups, and we were fine. But everyone, it was like a touch and go except for Kelsie [Goglia] and Tom [Pearson]who I talked to the most.

Colin MacRae, Kelsie Goglia, Gabriela Barragan, Daisy Kelliher | Laurent Basset/Bravo

“So I was in my own weird place because it’s like, these are the people that used to be s***ty enough for me and now I have to deal with all of them at once,” she continued. “So my anxiety was at 10. And what I imagined was that I was going to gang up and everyone was going to attack me.”

She was ‘done’ by the time the ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ meeting took place

Barragan was not attacked. But she admitted to being somewhat paralyzed by her anxiety ahead of the meeting. “My anxiety was so thick that I couldn’t even say anything,” she said. “Besides, I didn’t really have much to say to these people. I reached out after leaving the boat. Throughout the broadcast of the show.

“I was trying to create or maintain friendships,” she added. “And it wasn’t mutual. So by the time the reunion came, I was done. I apologized to whom I had to apologize. I owned my shit. I have taken responsibility for what I can take responsibility for. But I never got an apology from anyone else. So at the meeting, I had already finished.

And while she maintained a friendship with Goglia, Barragan wished she had more support. “Nobody ever validated me,” she said. “Nobody ever reassured me, really. Except for Kelsie. But Kelsie’s Switzerland. She never takes sides. She tells you very positive things to make you feel better. But sometimes you just want a friend to agree with you and talk shit.

Gabriela said she was never validated on the show

Barragan had a strong start on the show, and chief stew Daisy Kelliher placed her in the second stew position. But Marti, who thought she should have Barragan’s position, complained endlessly to many cast members and also undermined any direction Barragan gave her.

Barragan said she felt gassed. And she ended up giving up Sailboat under the bridge. So, walking into the reunion, the old emotions, in addition to not being in touch with the cast, weighed heavily on her. “My experience was never validated,” she said. “So it was like a lack of reassurance, like, hey, am I going crazy or is this happening? It’s always like, oh, you’re paranoid, oh, you’re tripping. Over and over again. I don’t So I had no one to really talk to who would validate my reality, which in the long run drives you crazy.

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