What could have been! Big Brother’s Tiffany Rousso may have battled it out with Paulie Calafiore, but a final-two deal wasn’t off the table. The latest evicted contestant opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about her tough times inside the house, what surprised her most about the show and more.
The West Palm Beach native, 32, was aligned with Frank Eudy and Bridgette Dunning in her final week, but tells Us that she would have taken Paulie to the final two if she’d had to decide between the two men.
“I thought he would be competitive enough to survive to the end with me, but I thought I’d have an edge to beat him, more than Frank,” she explains. “I think Frank is a fierce competitor and had a strong social game. I would not want to be in the final two with him, maybe the final three or four.”
Tiffany and Paulie, of course, both started the game with a big secret. Their siblings, Vanessa and Cody, previously played on the CBS series. That detail struck up a bond between the two, but, unfortunately, it didn’t last. Tiffany’s paranoia sealed her fate, and Paulie labeled her his No. 1 target.
Like Paulie, Tiffany had a tumultuous relationship with Da’Vonne Rogers. The house weighed the options, but ultimately voted out Tiffany over the vet.
“Honestly, I trusted her in the beginning of the game more than anyone. I wanted to trust her. Something in my gut, though, would always doubt her, and I didn’t like that feeling. Now I know why I had that gut feeling,” Tiffany tells Us of Day. “Like she said, we were frenemies in the house. At the end of the day, it is a game. No hard feelings. I put her up, she got me out.”
For more with Tiffany, read the rest of her Q&A below:
US WEEKLY: Do you think you could have kept it a secret all season that you’re Vanessa’s sister?
TIFFANY ROUSSO: I definitely wouldn’t have gotten away with it. Bronte [D’Acquisto] figured it out right away, and she told Bridgette, so they knew from week one. Michelle and Day knew immediately. James [Huling] had an inkling, so I couldn’t have kept it a secret.
US: Who do you think you will keep in touch with in the real world?
TR: I honestly think I’ll keep in touch with every single one of them. Even though it was hard at times, and we had our ups and downs, we’re like family now, and no one can experience that unless you were in the house.
US: What surprised you the most about living in the Big Brother house?
TR: I was surprised by how hard it is, and how much energy and how much focus is needed on a daily basis in that house to survive. You always have to be aware of what’s going on, and with my given circumstances there was no laying low. This definitely is not summer camp.
The next Big Brother airs on CBS Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m. ET.
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