On Thursday, July 14 episode of “Big Brother,” host Julie Chen shocked fans when she announced that houseguest Paloma Aguilar had left the game.
The reason for Paloma’s departure remained somewhat unclear. But the episode included several clips of Paloma speaking about how exhausted she was and other houseguests expressing concerns about the 22-year-old’s mental state.
Paloma’s departure left many houseguests stunned. As a result, some houseguests got tears in their eyes after hearing the news, and others spoke out about the importance of prioritizing mental health.
The California native opened up about her exit from the “Big Brother” house and her drama with roommate Taylor Hale in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly.
Here’s what you need to know.
Paloma Aguilar Talks Mental Health & Taylor Hale
In her Interviewed by Us WeeklyPaloma spoke about her decision to leave the “Big Brother” house early.
“Not even $750,000 was worth the cost of my mental health,” she told the outlet July 22.
The interior designer also discussed the controversy surrounding her behavior towards Taylor Hale.
Paloma caught some heat in the first week of live feeds on Twitter over her treatment of houseguest Taylor Hale.
According to Us Weekly, Paloma was spotted calling Taylor a lying b**** on the live feeds and telling her co-stars that Taylor lacked confidence.
Paloma’s treatment of Taylor made headlines nationwide and several “Big Brother” alumni spoke about how Taylor was treated in the house, accused Paloma and other houseguests of being bullies.
Paloma addressed the controversy in her interview with Us Weekly, telling the outlet that she and Taylor are actually friends.
“It’s crazy how people jump to conclusions with the whole racist bit – Taylor and I are actually good friends so please keep hyping her! She’s a QUEEN,” she told the publication.
The 22-year-old said viewers didn’t get the full picture of what was going on at the home.
“Remember that reality TV isn’t always real,” she said. “I’m always on the lookout for boss girls, I will never try to take down a strong woman and I was extremely honest with her the first few days we didn’t get together.”
“Big Brother 23” participants speak out
With Taylor currently in the Big Brother house and likely unaware of the conversations going on behind her back, the Big Brother 23 contestants have taken it upon themselves to defend the beauty queen.
Season 23 houseguest Hannah Chaddha defended Taylor in one Tweet from July 10th.
“I honestly don’t understand why everyone, her mother, her father, her neighbor, has her plant and her fluff [Taylor’s] Names in her mouth like it’s her full time job, there’s fan behavior and it’s troubling,” she wrote.
Hannah’s co-star Azah Awasum also spoke up, tweeting an important message about colorism in the Big Brother house.
“For precisely these reasons, I made a conscious effort to call the house back,” she wrote in a July 10 tweet. “Dark-skinned women always have that in the back of their minds. CBS teaches about racial microaggression, but a section on colorism would be beneficial. Taylor’s light will shine outside of this house. #bb24″
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