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The Big D's Angelique Opens Up About Her Shocking Decision & Her Takeaway From the Show
The Big D had a doozy of a penultimate episode and Angelique spoke with USA Insider about all of it.
The final couple was sent home ahead of the finale in the penultimate episode of The Big D. Now, one half of that eliminated couple is speaking out about her time on the show and what she ultimately took from the tumultuous experience.
Spoiler Alert for Episode 9 of The Big D
After coupling up early on in the house, Angelique and David seemed like the most rock-solid pairing on the show. However, she ultimately pulled the plug on the relationship just before the final vote, leaving David devastated and the rest of the housemates shocked. Speaking to USA Insider, Angelique explained that, although the breakup and subsequent elimination were messy, it was a personal win for her because she finally broke a very toxic pattern.
“I had a pattern, I had some patterns in dating where I realized I was really, truly not ready for a relationship. I wasn't healed enough. I wasn't at the place where I was ready to open my heart. I wasn't open enough. There was still stuff I had to work through,” she explained. “I put walls up and just realizing I need to be very careful and make sure my heart is ready and open to let someone in and do that in a healthy way.”
So, while some viewers may have wanted to see Angelique and David ride off into the sunset, her personal growth was more important than inviting another doomed relationship into her life.
“It was insane. I don't think I can quite put into words what the experience was like,” she said. “We all had our own personal drama and baggage and I don't know if a show has been like this because it was so personal. There's so much that went into all of our past… I had an advantage coming to the house later without my ex because I was able to develop connections without him there. And so that was definitely an advantage. It was total craziness.”
That all said, does she feel like she didn’t get what she wanted out of the show? No.
“There's a couple reasons I went on. One, I thought there would be a great opportunity to be around a bunch of people who were in a similar situation that I was going through post-divorce. Healing and trying to navigate dating after divorce. Each time you can join a community of people going through a similar thing, there's so much support in that,” she explained. “I also wanted to have a platform to share my story and my experience and to show people out there that there is happiness after divorce. It doesn't always have to be ugly and you can grow and live the life you want after something as hard as divorce.”
She concluded by noting how proud she is of herself for everything she learned despite not walking away from the experience with the $50,000 prize.
“My biggest takeaway after all of it was staying true to myself and speaking my truth and going forward with honesty and transparency the entire time,” she said. “I think, at times, I maybe was misunderstood or judged by people, which happens in life, right? It's just part of life. If you're doing your own thing, people are going to have opinions about you. But I did the best I could in that situation, which was an extremely difficult situation. I'm really proud of myself.”
Reporting by Shameika Rhymes.