Heartbreaking alarm! Season 9 of ‘Below Deck Med’ introduces Joe Bradley, the charming sailor who is already catching the ladies’ attention.

Allison DeGrushe - Author
Joe Bradley wears a red 'Mustique' polo as he poses on a boat for his official 'Below Deck Med' Season 9 portrait.
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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from season 9 of Below Deck Med.

Certainly, Bravo’s popular spin-off series Below deck Mediterranean may target hard-working yacht crews during charter season, but let’s be honest: no one tunes in for the nautical maneuvers. No, we’re all on board for the messy drama and scandalous hookups!

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Now let’s talk about romance – season 9 of Below Deck Med has just left and sparks are already flying. It turns out that stews Elena “Ellie” Dubaich and Bri Muller both have their sights set on Chief Seaman Joe Bradley.

So, is Joe dating any of these lovely ladies? Or is his heart set on someone else outside the Below deck franchise? Here’s what we know.

Joe Bradley wears his uniform while standing on the boat in Season 9 of 'Below Deck Med.'
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Who is ‘Below Deck’ star Joe Bradley dating?

As of now, it is unclear who Joe Bradley is dating. A quick scroll on Instagram shows that he mainly posts about his travels, most of which are of course along the ocean! So for now, we think it’s safe to assume that Joe is single – and the ladies of Below Deck Med Season 9 definitely stands out!

In the second episode, both Ellie and Bri are completely in love with Joe. Brig says, “Joe is a charmer… He knows exactly what to say, what to do, how to look.” Ellie interjects, “Joe is Mr. Charisma… He’s handsome, so that helps.”

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Joe Bradley cleans house during Season 9 of 'Below Deck Med.'
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In episode 3, the women do everything they can to get Joe’s attention!

Bri and Joe share an adorable moment while dancing together in the galley. When he asks about her tattoos, Bri reveals that there is ink on her ribs and even on her lip – a detail that the Spain native finds quite attractive (or, as he puts it, ‘sexy’).

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“I like good tattoos,” Joe admits in a confessional, adding that he finds them “pretty attractive.” Although the sailor has vowed not to get tattoos himself because of a promise he made to his grandfather, Joe loves them on others.

“With a female, it’s like a forbidden fruit,” he adds. “It does something for me, 100 percent.”

Shortly afterwards, Bri and Ellie catch up, and Bri asks Ellie to give her a crash course on “how to be flirty and how to be seductive as fuck.” Ellie agrees and teasingly asks Bri, “Who are we targeting?” Eyebrows?’

While Bri insists she doesn’t have her sights set on anyone specific, she reveals something else in a confessional: “Yes, Joe,” she says with a laugh. ‘Everyone has needs, and sometimes my needs do too need to accommodate.”

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Ellie then pops up in her own confessional, claiming that she “definitely” has chemistry with the same man: “He’s the man I want,” she explains. “When I see a man, he is usually already interested in me. So all I have to do is give him the green light. That’s how it works.”

Ultimately, Bri and Ellie decide to ‘wingwive’ each other – but how will it all turn out? Only time will reveal the outcome, but let’s hope their friendship remains strong regardless of any romantic interests!

Discover new episodes of Below Deck Med on Mondays at 9pm EST on Bravo. Stream next day on Peacock.