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“Below Deck” reality-TV crew member, famous gay porn star get engaged

Viewers of Bravo’s new reality-TV show “Below Deck” witnessed the surprise engagement of crew member Dave Bradberry, who got engaged via Skype to porn star Trevor Knight.

The episode, which debuted Monday night, will be repeated this week on Bravo TV and can be seen online.

Bradberry, 27, a former Marine from Alexandria, La., is a deck hand on a luxury yacht that sails in the Caribbean. According to his Bravo biography, he served as security for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as well as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

After leaving the Marines, Bradberry performed for a while in gay porn, where he met Trevor Knight. Knight was a big star from 2003 to 2012, when he made 38 films. The two have been an item for some time and share a home in Studio City, Calif.

On Monday’s episode, Knight calls the yacht to observe Bradberry’s birthday. During the Skype video conversation, Knight wishes Bradberry “happy birthday” with a hand-written sign and then pulls up another sign wishing him a “happy anniversary,” which happens to fall on the same day. Attached by string to the sign is an engagement ring, and Knight asks Bradberry to marry him … and gets the answer he wants.

Here is part of an interview Bradberry gave to bravotv.com:

Bravotv.com: You got engaged! Were you shocked? Tell us everything!

DB: I'm engaged!!! It was so unexpected. We had never really even talked seriously about getting married, so it was very much a surprise. Trevor says it took me being away from him during charter season to realize how much he needed me in his life. The proposal way very impromptu. I was blown away.

Bravotv.com: Did you two get married yet?

DB: We have not gotten married yet; we had decided early on that we would not begin the wedding planning until Proposition 8 was overturned. Now that it has been, wedding bells are in the future. Trevor's dream wedding is in Boston Harbor, and we'll certainly keep our friends, fans, and followers informed.

Bravotv.com: You reveal that you and your fiance met doing pornographic film. Was that hard for you to tell your crewmates? Do you have any regrets? How did they react? How do people usually react?

DB: We actually first met during pre-production of my first feature independent film, Bite Marks. I had already been cast, and I was helping with the readings for the other principle roles. Trevor was working as the film's Assistant Director. This was my first "mainstream" project following my short stint in the adult industry. and Trevor never (really) left the adult industry.

I'm certainly not proud of the fact that I worked in adult films, but I'm not ashamed of it either, which makes it significantly easier to communicate to new peers. I try not to go through life with regrets. People make decisions and they aren't always good ones. It's what we learn from those choices that matters in the end.

After the first few episodes, the soft-spoken Bradberry seems to have the full support of his captain and crew mates. Most seemed genuinely happy at the news of his engagement.

Bradberry gets props for calling out some crew members who seemed transphobic when they made catty comments about a transgender woman who was invited aboard by a group of men who has booked the yacht for a cruise. Several of the guests found the woman attractive, and one of them may have slept with her. Here is what Bradberry told bravotv.com:

Bravotv.com: John may or may not have hooked up with a transgender. What were people saying on the boat? Was it obvious she was a man, as C.J. thought?

DB: John may or may not have hooked up with a transgender person. Whether or not that happened is completely between them. Sexuality is never black and white, and I think the negative stigma that was being discussed regarding John's new friend was disappointing. The words "tranny" and "she-man" are derogatory and disrespectful. I think it was wildly inappropriate for anyone to bring up to the other charter guests that John was going Below Deck with "a dude." I will say that if the woman was keeping the fact that she was trans a secret, she was playing a very dangerous game. I'd hope anyone planning on spending private time with someone alone in unfamiliar territory would be cautious, open, and honest about such things. Whether or not she was born one gender or the other, she was clearly portraying herself as a woman, and until corrected, the polite thing to do would have been to have think of her as so. To quite the great #RuPaul, we're all born naked, and the rest is drag.

The details

“Below Deck” airs Monday nights on Bravo TV, and episodes are repeated often.