Big Brother’s Claire Rehfuss, Derek Xiao Reveal Anniversary Plans

Celebrating their love Big BrotherAlums Claire RehfussAnd Derek XiaoAfter meeting on the CBS reality series last summer, they are now preparing for their one-year celebration.

“We had very ambitious plans that fell through,” Xiao, 25, exclusively told Us WeeklTuesday, September 20, 2018, y. The product manager explained that he and Rehfuss, 26, originally wanted to take a train “up the west coast from California to Seattle” for the occasion.

“One of us took a little bit too long to book it,” Xiao admitted, explaining that train prices were too high by the time they got around to finalizing the trip. “Planning’s definitely not a strong suit.” Despite the minor setback, the duo is still set on doing something special.

Claire Rehfuss & Derek Xiao
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“I think now we’re gonna probably either stay in California and go to Catalina Island for a night or maybe go down to Mexico,” the Maryland native told Use.

“We’re still new to California so I feel like even just doing [a]Staycation or [exploring] little areas around Los Angeles is, like, very exciting to us,” Rehfuss added.

Reality TV alums tell their stories UseLast month, they moved across the country together. “You know, those [New York] rent prices. We couldn’t stay,” Xiao quipped at the time.

Last October UseThe story broke that the couple were dating despite having a platonic relationship in. Big Brother house.

“I think that we both really felt the chemistry once we got to [the] jury house and could really connect with each other,” Rehfuss revealed at the time. “We would stay up late talking every single night and we just really developed a bond.”

The New Yorker and her boyfriend decided to test their connection by entering season 34 of the show. The Amazing Racetogether, which debuted on CBS and Paramount+ on Wednesday September 21st.

Big Brother Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss Reveal Anniversary Plans

Claire Rehfuss & Derek Xiao

Xiao told Use that the experience was like “a crucible” for their relationship, as they had to “go through something that’s tough” and “come out stronger through the other side of it.” He and the AI engineer agreed that the experience taught them valuable lessons about each other.

“I have a better understanding of what Claire is like in different situations. … We still bring [the lessons] to our everyday life,” he said.

Rehfuss admitted that for her part The Amazing RaceThe reality series will show viewers how they struggle.

“I won’t lie, there were some low points in the race,” she said. “It just is a very stressful situation. Derek and I are both very competitive, very intense people.” Her partner added that they couldn’t help but fear how the show would portray their dynamic at times.

“At some point in the race, me and Claire were talking, and I was, like, ‘You don’t think we’re gonna be edited as, like, the fighting couple, right?’” he joked.

Rehfuss replied, “I was like, ‘Another couple has to be worse, right? Like, assuredly.’”

The Amazing RaceOn Wednesdays, airs on CBS or Paramount+ Survivor.

Sharon Tharp provides reporting