Big Brother 24’s Daniel Responds to ‘Terrible’ Taylor Bashing

Are you ready to reflect? Daniel DurstonAfter being evicted from their home, they have some questions to answer. Big BrotherHouse on Thursday August 11.

The 35-year-old Elvis impersonator was a clear target for The Leftovers alliance this week, which was originally formed to combat the bashing of houseguests. Taylor Hale. Daniel himself had been at the forefront of a lot of those situations, which he is just seemingly learning now that he’s outside the game.

“Those all sound terrible,” he exclusively tells Us WeeklyWhen he was asked about specific remarks he made about the pageant princess the morning after his expulsion, a few minutes later he said so. “And I understand why people would be upset. Any reason I might have for it is not valid or justified. It is important for me to watch it back. I take notes and look forward to speaking with Taylor. And if I offended anyone on the outside world, I will approach that as well.”

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Daniel told the host Julie Chen MoonvesTaylor was being targeted by him for alleged lies she had made about her Paloma Aguilar, when in actuality, his allegiance to Paloma was one-sided as the self-evictee wanted to target Daniel for being a “poor sport” and “problematic.”

“Most of this is news to me,” he tells Use. “But it was week one before Paloma’s spiral. We only knew each others for six days. Evidently, a day isn’t enough. Do you feel like these people are your friends by day four? It’s all game. All that I respect is mine. Even whatever Paloma said about me, I’ll respect it. It’s unfortunate that I was lied to by literally everyone, but Nicole wanted Taylor out, so everyone had something to say about her.”

The Vegas performer regrets his misguided attack on Taylor in the toilet. He would have preferred to have held a house meeting instead. “Let’s talk this out so that I could figure it out,’ you know?” he says. “And hopefully the house could understand, and Nicole [Layog] can understand what really happened ‘cause maybe she heard it differently as well. Nicole was my No. 1. So I trusted anything she said to me and that’s where I went wrong.”

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Taylor Hale, Daniel Durston

So why didn’t he just talk to Taylor and clear the air? “Ultimately because when I give my loyalty to someone, I trust them 100 percent,” Daniel tells Use. “That is my flaw. Maybe in real-life as well. Hearing it from trusted people, I believed it. I didn’t even go about the route to speak with her because I felt like it would get worse for me. You might think I might say or do something worse. That is why I wanted that space to be as healthy and happy as possible. The house can put a lot of pressure on your emotions and make it difficult to live in. So, me stepping back, which necessarily isn’t the best thing to do, I thought it was best for me in the moment. I wanted to work closely with Taylor the first week, but everyone kept asking me questions about it. And of course the Paloma situation happened from there and ultimately Taylor and I, at least in the house, didn’t really connect on a personal level or a game level. It was difficult to want to have these sit-downs, you know. Although, now looking back, those are important.”

To sum up his experience, Daniel says, “I’m emotional person. I didn’t know that would come through in the game. I assumed I would be strong enough for it to be removed and that I could play strictly strategic and game. Obviously, that’s not the case and hopefully I can learn a lot from it. And I look forward to watching back even the live feed clips and anything like that, just to learn about myself and grow from it.”

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