1. They forgive their housemates for separating them.
On the show, Chris and Shanley both felt betrayed when the house separated them by voting Chris into the truth booth with Paige. Looking back, they both understand “hands down”—and likely would have done the same thing if the roles were reversed. “When you see two people that are just so quickly head over heels for each other and they’re doing things together all the time and talking about each other every day, I would for sure put them in the truth booth first, because you want to know, should we let this ride out or not?” says Chris. “It ended up being a great thing in hindsight, but not in the moment.”
2. Chris kept away from any funny business with Paige in the honeymoon suite.
After matching up with Paige in the truth booth and being sent to live together away from the rest of the house, Chris assured us there was nothing but respect between the two. “I made sure that Paige knew where I stood, and so space was respected and we’d spent a lot of time outdoors with Dylan and Coleysia. It was never really that awkward.” That aside, Chris was still able to understand why he and Paige were perfect matches. “There was a lot of stuff on paper that made perfect sense,” he says, “and it led to good conversations, but it didn’t feel right for me.”
3. Shanley and Simone eventually made up again…kind of.
Their big blow-out was a season highlight (for viewers, at least), but Shanley and the hotheaded housemate who called her out both did their best to patch up their friendship. “There’s an extended scene where Simone and I have a little heart to heart,” Shanley recalls. “We kind of did hash things out. We weren’t the best of friends again, but we weren’t going to be walking into a room glaring at each other.”
4. Reliving the moment on TV was not fun for Shanley.
Did you expect it to be? “I definitely cried watching it again, reliving how I felt in that moment,” says Shanley, and the world can sympathize. Meanwhile, the “older ladies” who work with Chris’s mom all e-mailed to express their condolences after Shanley’s breakdown. “I cried with her because that’s the first time I think I’ve ever seen somebody really love somebody on TV,” says Chris.
5. Nobody wrote anything down, like, ever.
Viewers at home might wonder whether there was an intricate system or chart for keeping track of which contestants might be potential matches, but alas, the roommates went paper-less. “You really remember things,” says Chris. “Every person threw some kind of cognitive idea together.” Shanley remembers Ryan “tried to step up and be the mastermind,” but ultimately, the house went with their mental tabulations instead of any type of formal log.
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