Address her departure. Deaf Aguilar didn’t hold back on her decision to Big Brother home early.
“Not $750,000 was worth the cost of my mental health,” Aguilar, 22, told exclusively Us Weekly in a statement about her departure on Friday, July 22, noting that it had nothing to do with fellow house guest Taylor Hale. “It’s bizarre how people jump to conclusions with the whole racist part – Taylor and I are actually good friends, so keep rocking her! She’s a QUEEN.”
According to Paloma, she and Taylor, 27, developed a friendship before the home renovator left.
“She and I actually got really close towards the end — the thing is, they cut the opening clips and ran with them,” she claimed. “I told her I didn’t want to hear it on the last episode because I was exhausted and I knew our girl well enough that it didn’t even matter because she’s just trying to play [the] anyway.”
The California native noted that not everything between the duo made it to the screen, saying: “Remember that reality TV isn’t always real. I’m always in favor of boss babes, I’ll never try to take down a strong woman and I was extremely honest with her the first few days we didn’t interact.
Paloma added: “She didn’t try to ally with any of the girls and unfortunately our conversation about that didn’t air. … Only love for this girl. I can’t wait for her to come out so we can talk about it like two strong women.”
The former contestant shocked viewers when she seemingly made the choice to step out of the game due to personal issues. During the first live eviction episode on July 14, host Julie Chen confirmed Paloma’s departure amid speculation.
Prior to her departure, fans had doubts about Paloma’s future in the CBS competition series after she was missing from the live feeds before dropping out.
Paloma’s time on Big Brother made headlines before her departure after viewers accused her of mistreating Taylor on screen. In one episode, Paloma was referred to Taylor as a “lying bitch.”
“Bro, I’ve tried to be compassionate to her. She’s such a bitch to me. She hasn’t talked about play with any of the girls,” Paloma told several of her fellow players, noting that she had made attempts to bond with Taylor in the past. “Her personality just rubs people the wrong way and she mostly lacks self-awareness.”
She continued: “She can be a snake in the garden. She’ll stab you from behind and make you a turkey club sandwich, okay? I see. I am a girl girl and I like strong women. We play a similar game, but I play it better.”
Members of Big Brother 23’s Cookout Alliance was quick to point out the micro-aggressions directed at Taylor by its house guests. “Taylor’s treatment in #BB24 is a prime example of why The Cookout was formed,” Season 23 winner Xavier Prather tweeted in July. “Members of the black community (especially black women) and other people of color don’t stand a chance in the Big Brother House because of the continuation of micro-aggressions and unconscious biases that plague our society.”
The reality TV star added: “I acknowledge my shortcomings during my time with Big Brother and can’t help but feel partly responsible for some of the despicable behavior I see exhibited by current house guests who see me as one of their ‘favorites’, so I would like to apologize for being complicit in any ongoing problems.”
Julie, 52, for her part, claimed there was more to the story than just the live feeds.
“I will say that micro-aggressions are real and they happen every day,” she told exclusively U.S that same month. “When they happen, usually the person who is the perpetrator, it’s often not their intention. i will say the Big Brotherr house is no different. … I think we are all flawed in the end and we should all practice forgiveness and compassion and mercy and grace. And I feel like when people come out of the house and see and hear what they’ve done in the house, if they can learn from it and become humbled by it, let’s cheer each other up.”
The CBS personality noted that she was not aware of every interaction in the house, adding, “I’m not obsessed with the live feeds, so I haven’t seen everything people are talking about. I can say that If you were talking to Taylor, I’m not so sure she would feel what everyone else is saying, because a lot has happened behind her back, which is the classic Big Brother.”
CBS did not immediately respond to Us Weekly‘s request for comment.
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With report by Diana Cooper