Below Deck S11: Cat Baugh Reveals She Was Adopted Into Cult After Parents Died

Below Deck S11: Cat Baugh Reveals She Was Adopted Into Cult After Parents Died

Below Deck season 11 viewers couldn’t believe the hardships and struggles stewardess Cat Baugh faced throughout her childhood. On episode 3, “Breaking Barbie,” Chief Steward Fraser Olender discovered Cat faced a lot of adversity growing up. He realized as a green stew on superyachts, he should maybe get to know her better. Cat revealed she’d been adopted by a family in a hardcore religious cult after both her parents tragically died.

Cat and her biological brother she's best friends with now after being estranged due to her cult adoptive family

Cat and her biological brother she’s best friends with now after being estranged due to her cult adoptive family (Bravo).

From the get-go, stewardess Barbie Pascual gave Cat a hard time for being slow and not knowing how to do her job. She seemed aloof and overwhelmed with the pace.

“It’s quite evident that Cat is a very sensitive soul. I feel like she might want to be heard a bit more,” Fraser said before the second charter. He decided to have a beer with Cat to get to know her more. Cat’s turbulent past made a lot of viewers realize not to judge someone so quickly.

Cat Baugh's deceased parents

Cat Baugh’s deceased parents (Bravo).

Cat revealed Baugh isn’t her real last name, but that her name was changed when she was adopted.

Below Deck Season 11: Cat Baugh Reveals She Was Adopted Into Cult After Parents Died

“I was in foster care. My dad passed away when I was nine from multiple sclerosis. And then my mom passed away when I was 13, just in her sleep. Like it was just very sudden,” cat told a shocked Fraser.

“So me and my brother, we were thrown into the system and separated. The family I lived with, I don’t talk to because they were in a very cult religion,” she explained. “[My brother and I were in the same state], but they wouldn’t even let me talk to him because he wasn’t religious.”

She ended up with a family that lived in a city called Yorba Linda most famous for being the hometown of former disgraced US President Richard Nixon. Cat didn’t reveal what religion her foster family was part of, but she made it sound they were very dogmatic.

“So I grew up in Orange County with a foster family in a place called Yorba Linda.”

“From 13 to 18, I was a part of this family’s culture and life and dynamic. Everything was for praise in the church. And I felt like I was just a prop to them.”

Her new family wouldn’t allow her to speak to her brother.

“It was almost like they wanted me to forget my past life. I felt so suppressed. And I never, like, stood up for myself ever. Because I wanted to continue a relationship with my biological brother, they were like no.”

She’s now very close with her brother, who’s her best friend. Her adoptive family disowned her because she started a relationship with her biological brother again. Cat’s Instagram shows she’s living her best life these days. She’s got lots of close friends and lives with her cat, Paisley.

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