address to her departure. Paloma Aguilar didn’t hold back on her decision to leave Big Brother house early.
“Not even $750,000 was worth the cost to my mental health,” Aguilar, 22, said exclusively Us weekly in a statement of her exit on Friday, July 22, noting that it had nothing to do with another houseguest Taylor Hale. “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 is a QUEEN.”
According to Paloma, she and Taylor, 27, developed a friendship before the home remodeler’s departure.
“She and I became very close towards the end — the thing is, they cut the opening clips and went on with it,” she claimed. “I told her I didn’t want to hear it in 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 act [the] Play either way.”
Noting that not everything between the duo made it to the big screen, the California native said, “Remember, reality TV isn’t always real. I’m always on the lookout for boss girls and 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.”
Paloma added: “She didn’t try to bond with any of the girls and unfortunately our conversation about it didn’t air. …only love for this girl. I can’t wait for it to come out so we can talk about it as two strong women.”
The former contestant shocked viewers when she apparently made the decision to retire from the game for personal reasons. During the first live eviction episode on July 14th, host Julia Chen confirmed Paloma’s departure amid speculation.
Prior to her exit, fans questioned Paloma’s future on the CBS competitive series after she was absent from the live feeds before going under.
Paloma’s time on Big Brother made headlines before her departure after viewers accused her of mistreating Taylor on screen. One episode featured Paloma calling Taylor a “lying bitch.”
“Bro, I was trying to be sympathetic to her. She’s such a slut to me. She didn’t talk to any of the girls about play,” Paloma told several of her co-stars, noting that she had tried to connect with Taylor in the past. “Her personality just rubs people the wrong way and she lacks confidence most of all.”
She continued, “She can be a snake in the garden. She’s gonna stab you in the back and make you a turkey club sandwich, okay? I see it. I’m a girl girl and I love strong women. We play a similar game, but I play it better.”
members out Big Brother 23’s cookout alliance was quick to point out the microaggressions being directed at Taylor by their houseguests. “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 as micro-aggression and unconscious bias plague our society.”
The reality TV star added, “I acknowledge my shortcomings during my time on Big Brother and can’t help but feel partly responsible for the reprehensible behavior I’m seeing from current houseguests who have chosen me as one of their ‘ View Favourites’. For that, I want to apologize for being an accomplice to ongoing issues.”
For her part, Julie, 52, claimed there was more to the story than just the live feeds.
“I will say that microaggression is real and happens every day,” she said exclusively Us in the same month. “When they happen, it’s usually the person who is the perpetrator, often not their intention. I will say that Big brothr house is no different. … I think at the end of the day we are all flawed and we all need to practice forgiveness, compassion, mercy and grace. And I feel like when people come out of the house and see and hear what they did in the house, if they learn something from it and let it humiliate them, let’s cheer each other up.”
Noting that she wasn’t aware of every interaction in the house, the CBS personality added, “I’m not obsessed with the live feeds, so I haven’t seen everything that people are talking about. I can say if you spoke to Taylor I’m not sure she would feel what everyone is saying because a lot of things happened behind her back which is typical of Big Brother.”
CBS didn’t immediately respond Us weekly‘s request for comment.
Big Brother 24 airs live on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m
With reporting by Diana Cooper