The Truth About Below Deck Med's Bugsy Drake

Below Deck Mediterranean's Bugsy Drake is causing a major splash aboard the Wellington, from tussling with fellow crew members to teasing a boatmance with one of them. Drake (real name Christine) returned to the fold as second stew after Lara Flumiani's shock departure earlier this season, and it's clear she's not afraid to ruffle feathers. Even the legendary Kate Chastain couldn't get to her. After Chastain described Drake as "over the top" in an interview with Bravo's The Daily Dish, the South African firebrand reacted with class and dignity, brushing it off during an episode of Watch What Happens Live @ Home by reasoning she takes it as a compliment (via Twitter). And to be fair, Chastain also called Drake "bubbly," "gorgeous," and praised her "charming accent."

It's clear Drake is well on her way to becoming a fan favorite and the season's not even over yet, but she remains something of a question mark in comparison to shipmates Malia White and Hannah Ferrier.

Bugsy Drake is taking Below Deck Med by storm

As Decider advises, that "charming" accent so beloved by Chastain showcases Drake's fascinating heritage; she's originally from South Africa but has spent the past several years working on boats all over the world. Drake made her Below Deck debut all the way back in season 2, where she came to frequent verbal blows with Ferrier. The two have mostly kept a respectful distance during Drake's most recent appearance, though the drama still threatens to spill over.

In keeping with her attitude onboard, Drake isn't shy about discussing Below Deck Med on social media. Although her Instagram page is loaded with stunning shots from her many adventures, Drake live-tweets the show as it airs, recently writing, "For those of you who are upset by my return I hope you can find it within yourselves to give me a chance. I truly have no ill intentions towards anyone & hope you will be able to see that! Stay safe & happy" (via Twitter).

Below Deck Med's Bugsy Drake is no stranger to boatmances

In a fun twist, viewers recently learned it was actually Drake who set up White with her current squeeze, and the newest chef onboard the Wellington, Tom Checketts. As Bravo's The Daily Dish reports, the matchmaking stew recalled how her sister was working on a boat with Checketts and White. "Tom was really interested in Malia. So [he] spoke to my sister about it, and my sister was cabin mates with Malia and hooked the two of them up," Drake revealed.

As for her own romantic life, Drake is firmly anti-boatmance, having been witness to several in the past, as she explained to In Touch. However, the South African admitted she does enjoy flirting with hunky Alex Radcliffe, admitting she can "banter" easily with him. She added, "He's super comfortable to be around. So yeah, I'm excited to kind of see where that leads." The two have stayed in touch since the show wrapped, which certainly sounds promising.