Below Deck Med star Hannah Ferrier hit out at her exit from the show (Picture: Bravo)
Below Deck Mediterranean star Hannah Ferrier revealed that the series left her with a drugs ‘stigma’ after her exit.
The chief stewardess, 34, was booted off the boat in season five over an issue with drugs, just hours before a new charter group was due to set sail, when Bosun Malia White sent Captain Sandy a picture showing a box of Valium and a THC pen from the cabin they previously shared.
She later offered up a prescription for the Valium, as she battles with anxiety, and explained the CBD oil in the pen is legal in Spain, where the series was filmed, but Sandy stated that she should have been notified that it was on board.
Speaking of her exit in a new interview, the new mum explained that she didn’t like the way she was ‘painted’ in those scenes, especially since it was her fifth series in front of the camera.
‘It was really upsetting at the time, especially after being on the show for so many years and knowing that it wasn’t a hidden fact that I suffered from anxiety and had anti-anxiety medication,’ she told Peninsula Living.
‘It wasn’t like I was trying to be sneaky or anything like that. Nobody has ever declared medication when they’ve gotten on a boat.’
Captain Sandy sacked Hannah in season five (Picture: Bravo)
‘I didn’t like that it was presented as I had drugs on board, because I don’t like that stigma,’ she continued. ‘Anxiety medication is for a mental illness, so it shouldn’t be painted like, “You’re a drug addict smuggling drugs on board”.’
Hannah explained that those who have never had to use medication for anxiety aren’t aware that it ‘keeps you at a normal level’.
However, she is thrilled to have raised awareness for others in a similar position.
‘So, it was sad that it ended that way after so many years, but the response I got from people suffering from anxiety was amazing,’ she added. ‘So, the actual awareness and help that it gave people I think was more important than the hurt I felt.’
Hannah’s exit made waves when it aired last year, with many rushing to support the sacked chief stew – including many in the Below Deck universe.
Despite the backlash, Captain Sandy has stuck to her position, and vowed there were many reasons that she decided to let the veteran Bravo star leave.
‘I fired Hannah because I don’t trust her as a crew member on board at all, that’s why I fired her,’ she said. ‘I’m a captain and she waits tables. There’s no equal there professionally.
‘I think that’s the part that I think really disturbs her, is her ego. It’s sad. I feel for her, this girl still hanging onto that s**t I haven’t thought about until you asked me about it.
‘She’s starting a family, like I don’t get it. I don’t hate Hannah and never have. I wish her well.’
Below Deck Mediterranean is available to stream on hayu, with new episodes dropping on Tuesdays in the UK.
Credit: Original article published here.