As a Below Deck Med alum who had her own on-screen boat-mance the last time she was on the show as a green deckhand, Malia was weary of mixing business, pleasure, and television once again.

Asked if she was “super psyched” to have Tom join her for a couple of weeks at work, she told Andy, “To be honest … no, I wasn’t.”

“Having done the show once and having relationships on the show, I wasn’t too stoked to bring a guy that I’m pretty serious about on the show knowing how much can happen and the feedback we get,” she elaborated. “No, it was not a nice decision for me.”

We can certainly see what she means, and it hasn’t even been 24 hours since the latest episode aired. Tom, who has changed his Instagram account from private to public, is already receiving a ton of hate in the comments from people who are mad at the fact that Malia went to Captain Sandy about Hannah’s prescription meds.

But the two will hopefully be able to weather the storm together, even if it is at a distance. Tom seems to have even met Malia’s family in Oregon, where the couple spent the most recent Thanksgiving, so it’s serious!

New episodes of Below Deck Med air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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