In a game like Big brother, you can blink and move from the exit to the inner circle of the house and vice versa. It indeed happened behind the scathing eyes of Hoops of Brittany. The hypnotherapist immediately found herself backstage, eventually being brought into one of the most important alliances of the season. But she did not rest on her laurels, constantly making deals to ensure her safety. Unfortunately, this rotation and distribution did not work well for Mount Taylorwho felt insecure in his loyalty to take her to the final night.
Hoopes was thrown for a loop when she was put “backstage” by Joe “Pooch” Pucciarelli making her ineligible to compete or vote. Unfortunately, she failed to make any social inroads early on except for a critical relationship with another stranger. Michael Bruner. But Brittany also made a costly mistake by telling Pooch the women were coming for him, the first of many not-so-clean moves she would make in the game. She soon entered the “Leftovers” counter-alliance, which continued to rule the house for the next month. Now in a safe position, she took the opportunity to get closer to Taylor Hale. Simultaneously, his closest ally Michael continued to ride in competitions. And not only did this make Brittany doubt her strategy to go all the way with him, but it also worried her about being targeted in case Michael was safe.
So Brittany got to work. She began making deals outside of her main duo, namely a women’s alliance and a Final Two deal with Matthew Turner. Unfortunately, the transparency made the moves hurt her more than it helped her. And that hurt showed emotionally on the double night of eviction when a desperate Michael threw her under the bus in his speech to affirm his loyalty to the rest of the house. In an instant, he was gone, and she felt bewildered and vulnerable. After winning a crucial veto during the Final Five, Brittany tried to take another big step by trying to convince Turner to cast a vote of sympathy for her friend. Alyssa Snider so they can dismiss Taylor instead. But when Turner chose not to, she was sent into scramble mode to recover her relationships. Despite being so close to winning both the HoH and the veto, Brittany hoped Monte would want to keep her less of a threat to the jury than Turner. But ultimately, Monte felt more solid in her relationship with Turner, ending Brittany’s chaotic 79 days in the house.
On her way to the jury house, Brittany talks with Parade.com about how a revelation about her chances of winning affected the way she played, her reaction to Michael throwing her under the bus, and how she comes back to her and the Michael’s choice to go out. Kyle’s suspicions of a BIPOC alliance when her back was against the wall.
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Halfway through the game, you announced that you didn’t think you could win if you got to the end. How did you come to that conclusion and how did that mentality influence how you played the rest of your season after that?
There are several things at stake. I had every intention of going all the way with Michael. And we all know that Michael is already a comp beast and an iconic BB player. So I knew if I went to Final Two with him, I would probably be at least second. I feel like as a member of the Leftovers, I was very happy to be part of this alliance that ruled the season. But I realized that I had blood on my hands when it came to managing the jury, especially with the girls. So by being part of this covenant and doing what I had to do to be part of this covenant, I knew that my relationships, especially with other people in the covenant, were probably the most in jeopardy.
A few weeks ago, you revealed Kyle’s suspicions of an alliance between BIPOC guests to get him nominated. And while it achieved that goal, you were put off sitting on that information for a few weeks. How do you view your choice and the situation that unfolded?
As for Kyle, I absolutely wanted to make sure the facts were correct. It was an impossible situation to live with. And the only thing that would be worse than the real situation was if I was going to spread some kind of misinformation. I wanted to make sure that I hadn’t misunderstood what Kyle was saying, that I hadn’t misunderstood what he was saying and did my due diligence. Then, of course, you have the twists like Dyre Fest popping up. And I just wanted to be absolutely confident before I brought this home.
In his expulsion speech, Michael said that you leaked information and made various deals, which obviously shocked you. How did it feel to see your closest ally do this to you, and how did you try to rally around after your game was announced?
I was definitely shocked. A lot of those conversations – pretty much all of those conversations – that I had were about pushing the game of Michael and me forward. It was kind of a strategy we had. I would walk in and say, “I’m okay with Michael leaving,” just to get more information. And I would report that information directly to Michael so he could know where people were at so we could both move forward together.
So it shocked me that he was talking about it because he was well aware of it, especially on my part. I also didn’t think that when we were together in the neighborhood he would say anything to throw my game under the bus. I thought he understood his placement in the house. There was nothing he could say or do that would stop him from going home, if he ever found himself in the neighborhood. So it was surprising to me. And it definitely hurts. He certainly shared a lot of things that I trusted him on. And I’m glad to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about it and clear things up.
Last week, you tried to orchestrate Taylor’s expulsion at Alyssa’s expense, only for Turner to force the tie. And last week, you denied being Taylor’s vote, only to tell him hours before he was kicked out. How do you reflect on your efforts to keep Alyssa and what made you decide to tell Taylor the truth about the vote?
So, in terms of keeping Alyssa, it was a bit difficult, to tell you the truth. I didn’t really think it would pass; I knew there was a chance. And if there was any chance that Taylor would leave, she’s a serious contender. And I knew that competing in that next leg – which I lost in that tiebreaker against Taylor – I would have a better chance of winning than if I had to compete against Alyssa. I also knew that Turner was probably going to kick Alyssa out anyway.
So mostly I just wanted to create a bit of suspicion on the reverse vote, thinking next week, if Taylor is still around, maybe Taylor and Monte might have a bit of suspicion with Turner. I also just wanted to put Monte in the position where he should break the tie. If he has to make those kinds of decisions, he should have some blood on his hands. I’m not going to do all his work for him. So I knew I was the target. I couldn’t be more focused than I already was. So let’s get things moving. As far as telling Taylor, I definitely wanted to let her know and clear things up. I consider her a friend for life. And I knew she would understand, given the position I was in.
Lastly, let’s get your quick thoughts on the remaining guest. Starting with Monte.
Fixed in his ways.
Friends for life.
With peace and love, loose lips.
Next, check out our interview with Alyssa Snider, who was kicked out in Big Brother 24 Week 10.
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