Joao Franco’s first season on Below Deck Mediterranean did not inspire a lot of confidence in his ability for a respectful romantic relationship. His constant flirtations with Kasey Cohen while wooing a smitten Brooke Laughton was cringe-worthy at best. Their relationship chugged along for a bit after the season ended. Brooke went to visit Joao’s family in Zimbabwe, which seemed promising, but she ultimately broke up with him shortly thereafter.
Of course that all played out in the Bravolebrity spotlight. Since then, Joao has been keeping his relationship with girlfriend Michelle Dicu relatively private, except for a few Instagram posts. But on Friday, Joao did share some very exciting news with his followers.
It turns out that congratulations are in order for Joao and Michelle. Bravo’s The Daily Dish broke the news that on Friday March 6, Joao posted to IG that Michelle had accepted his proposal. The two were pictured at Zimbabwe’s legendary Victoria Falls. That’s quite a backdrop!
Joao captioned the sweet picture with the following sentiments, “the most incredible feeling I have ever felt was when she said yes. I’ve never felt a happiness so true and I fall in love with her over and over again, every day. Here is to the rest of our lives by each other’s side.”
Fellow Below Deck cast members posted well-wishes for the newly engaged couple, including Captain Sandy Yawn who wrote, “Congratulations.” She also “loved” the suggestion of officiating the wedding for her former Bosun.
Ross Inia posted, “congrats to you and [Michelle],” while Bobby Giancola invited himself to the wedding. He wrote, “congrats brotha! Do me a favor and have the wedding in America so I can go lol.” Another Bravolebrity to send congratulations was Shah’s of Sunset star Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi.
Colin Macy-O’Toole may be vying for position of best man. He and Joao became very close friends both onscreen and off. Colin posted, “congrats buddy! I wish nothing but love and happiness to you both,” as well as sharing an homage of the couple on his IG story.
Will Joao and Michelle’s wedding become a Bravo affair?
TELL US- WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO JOAO’S ENGAGEMENT? WILL CAPTAIN SANDY OFFICIATE? WHICH BELOW DECK CAST MEMBERS DO YOU THINK WILL ATTEND?”
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