Crystal Bowersox: ‘I Never Intended on Quitting”

Crystal Bowersox tells E! News that she’s no quitter:

You can add “smart cookie” to the ever-growing list of talents for American Idol frontrunner Crystal Bowersox.

After all, no one wants to vote for a contestant who doesn’t wholeheartedly want to be there, and now Crystal is downplaying the whirlwind reports she was thisclose to quitting American Idol.

So what’s the real story behind her talk with Ryan Seacrest? Here’s what Crystal just told us:

“I never intended on quitting. None of that [was true], ” Crystal said of the reports claiming Ryan convinced her to stay on. “We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as. We had a simple, civil conversation. Ryan gave me great advice. And I highly respect him. I am not mad at Ryan Seacrest. He is a great man. We just bumped into each other and had a good talk.”

Is it just me, or is E! accusing Crystal of backpedaling? Crystal seemed to indicate in her tweets over the weekend that the story as told, was true.  But on the other hand, she also hinted that the press blew the situation out of proportion.  And of course, there’s the classic Betrayed by Seacrest! Which, as some peeps pointed out, would make an awesome t-shirt…

Crystal probably shared some doubts with Ryan, wondering out loud if she should just chuck it all and go back home to her kid, while never really seriously considering quitting…  Haven’t we all been there at some point in our lives?

And those tears last night?

“I was just looking at my dad the whole time, and the judges were kind to me, [so] I was a bit emotional, ” she told us.

Crystal told Entertainment Weekly her dad hid his tears behind a pair of shades:

“My dad came out here. He hasn’t been able to see any of the show yet. He was wearing sunglasses because he was trying to hide the fact that he was crying. So when I looked up and saw the mirror sunglasses, I was like, ‘I know he’s crying!’”

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74 Comments

  1. Stop being so damn defensive.I used to LOVE her personality,and hate her music, and this and her over-ratednesa is making me think twice about liking “her”

  2. Who cares if she was accused of backpedaling? These idols get lots of cr@p tossed at them, I’m not sure why Crystal should be different or is she that fragile (I’m thinking the answer is no)?

    BTW – I thought interviews during the show was off limits. Why/when has this changed? Or are they making an exception?

  3. I never warmed to her and now I can’t stand the sight of her! She needs to STFU. This one will not be able to deep her foot out of her mouth after the finale. The press are going to have a field day. And speaking of press, why is she allowed to have an interview? What is so damn special about her? Nothing.

  4. She seems so high maintenance. Not buying her being so fragile. Gee, let her sit alone, bring in her special stand, backtrack on her tweets, all about poor Crystal. But she is very talented and definitely deserves the win! I think she has great potential. But she really needs to stop talking.

  5. Just gotta say how much I love the hippie girls bong mic stand! :) You don’t see that everyday, or at least on idol.

  6. Keep talking, Crystal. Or better yet, keep singing and get it on tape. Cuz I’ll be buying it.

    The best revenge will be winning this contest and being a successful recording artist. You have tons of fans, so just ignore the rest.

  7. I’m sure her “kid” will be happy and blessed if she wins this and goes on to have a great big career…

    Really I am so over AI trying to make this season have some spark…who really cares if Crystal was going to quit – I don’t. I would have simply said, “more power to her.”

  8. That quote from Crystal about her dad is so sweet. It is refreshing to have genuine, warm people on the show for a change.

  9. Such a classy lady, you’ve got to admire her.

    Oh snap, Internet sarcasm is an epic fail.

  10. And Crystal gets a media interview BECAUSE??????

    All the finalists have been doing media interviews after the show this year. They’re trying to turn the buzz on the season around I guess.

  11. “I was just looking at my dad the whole time, and the judges were kind to me, [so] I was a bit emotional,” she told us.

    I thought the tears came at the end of her song, before the judges spoke. Maybe I misread this.

  12. hippie girls bong mic stand

    Wait how do you know that it looks like a bong??? Wait how is it that I know what a bong is???LOL

  13. Simmer down guys…ALL the contestants talk to the press right after the show. I guess someone from E! must have nabbed Crystal and got her to talk to them, because there’s only a couple sentences that come out of each of them.

  14. Such a classy lady, you’ve got to admire her.

    Oh snap, Internet sarcasm is an epic fail.

    What isn’t classy about her? The fact that she is so emotional about her father? The fact she had momentary doubts about her path in life? The fact she has no hard feelings for Ryan and has forgiven him for his part in the story becoming so big?

  15. To steal a phrase I’ve seen thrown around here before, Crystal is so unfiltered. She just says what she believes without realizing that’s not ok in Hollywood.

  16. How many times are we going to hear that line about her father???!!!

    What about some positive feedback about one of the other contestants – how did Crystal become the star of AI…

    I really hated all the judges last night (sans Ellen, she is my favorite).

    Simon criticized Siobhan, but didn’say a word about how Aaron butchered the arrangement of IBICF, just so he could hit the high notes, that he barely held in tune…

    Excuse my rant, but this season is so generic (but still I watch – LOL)!!!

  17. is there a full moon, or something in the water this week, lol. the media sucks, and my dislike for them grows, lol… the truth is out there somewhere, but with idol in the mix, i have no illusions we’ll ever know what it is… idol throws the rock and hides their hand, while leaving crystal to take the brunt of the wtf’s and other negative things. i swear this show is a soap opera.

  18. I have a lot more respect for all of the previous real, caring, single moms who have been there before and didn’t whine about it all and didn’t get the pimping and interviews. She is not the first one to really miss their family, but she would have you think she is the only one who really cares and the only one who is a real person. Gosh, to have all those same emotions and not be pimped must have been really hard.

  19. the curse of the frontrunner strikes again, lol… idol is nothing if not predictable. build them up, and bit by bit try to tear them down. i dunno, i’m inclined to give her a pass… seen for myself how these ptb operate, so i’m withholding judgement on her.

  20. she would have you think she is the only one who really cares and the only one who is a real person.

    How has she shown this attitude at all? She is nothing put supportive of everyone else with a kind word for everyone.

  21. while leaving crystal to take the brunt of the wtf’s

    But this year is no different than any other year. Idols take all kinds of crap from idoltards (myself counted). Why is she any different? She’s not.

  22. zzatrms:
    04/21/2010 at 4:58 pm
    “I was just looking at my dad the whole time, and the judges were kind to me, [so] I was a bit emotional,” she told us.
    I thought the tears came at the end of her song, before the judges spoke. Maybe I misread this.

    They did come at the end of her song, she was so choked up she didn’t finish the last 15 words of the song…so this just lends to the whole thing being BS in my opinion. Her vocals were good enough to get her through, there was not need to fake a little emotion!!!

  23. koshka:

    Wait how do you know that it looks like a bong??? Wait how is it that I know what a bong is???LOL

    ROFLMAOPMP! Well? I’m waiting for you to answer! ROFL!

  24. How has she shown this attitude at all? She is nothing put supportive of everyone else with a kind word for everyone.

    it’s funny how easily idol can manipulate people into kissing a contestant’s butt one moment, and in the twinkling of an eye have you acting like they stole something from you, lol… i don’t trust any of this coming from them.

  25. zzatrms:
    04/21/2010 at 4:58 pm

    “I was just looking at my dad the whole time, and the judges were kind to me, [so] I was a bit emotional,” she told us.

    I thought the tears came at the end of her song, before the judges spoke. Maybe I misread this.

    No it is more misrepresentations of events by Crystal. Backtrack, invent, misrepresent videoed facts about events, nice pattern she has going.

  26. But this year is no different than any other year. Idols take all kinds of crap from idoltards (myself counted). Why is she any different? She’s not.

    not saying she’s different – just that by now those who have been paying attention to this show over the course of a few years would be able to detect the games and the bs from these producers, the way they jerk the contestants around, and the voting / viewing public. it’s ridiculous to me how easily they’ve gotten away with this, but no one can pull the wool over the eye if we don’t allow it. that’s all i’m saying…

  27. Crystal is the most talented contestant this year. She deserves to win. I love her personality. She comes across as a strong and smart woman. So what if she had a moment of doubt? I don’t see the big deal. I don’t understand why so many people are turning on her over this. As a story, is not even that controversial. It’s quite boring and insignificant. She thought about quitting. So what?

    Just one thing: no more crying. Not a big fan of the crying.

  28. Gangreen – But you wrote “That quote from Crystal about her dad is so sweet. It is refreshing to have genuine, warm people on the show for a change.

    She must have made you think she is different than every other contestant before her and that others aren’t so warm and genuine. I don’t think that’s the reality (my opinion). I think others just didn’t whine, complain and get interviews about it and be allowed to change what she said before or even possibly change her story. I just don’t like how she (or/and TPTB) are trying to portray her as somehow this poor, fragile little girl who is being mistreated by everyone and who is somehow having to experience harder times than everyone else before her.

    I get Idol always makes some story behind it’s pimped. It really must suck each year not to be the pimped and see the chosen one made into this perfect (person, singer, performer, genuine, caringest person ever) I’m an Adam fan who doesn’t think he’s perfect and will criticize him. But yes, it must have sucked to not be him last year too.

  29. She must have made you think she is different than every other contestant before her and that others aren’t so warm and genuine.

    Because she is different

  30. Reminder:

    Wow. The questioning of posters’ motives is exactly the kind of thing that lands somebody in moderation.

    And this thread is sooooo NOT about Adam. So, leave him out of it.

  31. I have a lot more respect for all of the previous real, caring, single moms who have been there before and didn’t whine about it all and didn’t get the pimping and interviews. She is not the first one to really miss their family, but she would have you think she is the only one who really cares and the only one who is a real person. Gosh, to have all those same emotions and not be pimped must have been really hard.

    Wow, just wow. Really not getting how Crystal did all this evil stuff. Or why she should be massacred because the judges like her.

    edit

  32. I thought the tears came at the end of her song, before the judges spoke. Maybe I misread this.

    No you didn’t misread it, and it makes no sense. Unless she’s psychic, she hadn’t yet heard the judges’ comments when she started crying. Geez, if the judges being “kind’ to her was enough to set off the waterworks, she’s be bawling every week!

  33. It really must suck each year not to be the pimped and see the chosen one made into this perfect (person, singer, performer, genuine, caringest person ever)

    Exactly. I’m not invested in anyone this year. For me, what drives me crazy is ‘saint-hood’ (or innocent victim) persona that gets placed on any idol. So I get annoyed when fans/non-fans..whoever try to make saints or sinners out any past or present idols. I’ve yet to really get the opinion that any of these idols are a$$holes (except maybe Contantine LOL) . For the most part the impression I get is that they are just trying to make it in the business and have good and bad parts of their personalities.

  34. No you didn’t misread it, and it makes no sense. Unless she’s psychic, she hadn’t yet heard the judges’ comments when she started crying. Geez, if the judges being “kind’ to her was enough to set off the waterworks, she’s be bawling every week!

    I think that what she meant to say was that seeing her dad crying and hearing the judges comments made her emotional…

  35. No you didn’t misread it, and it makes no sense. Unless she’s psychic, she hadn’t yet heard the judges’ comments when she started crying. Geez, if the judges being “kind’ to her was enough to set off the waterworks, she’s be bawling every week!

    I think that what she meant to say was that seeing her dad crying and hearing the judges comments made her emotional…

    Maybe she was misquoted. LOL

  36. “We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as.”

    So she’s calling Ryan, who planted confirmed the story, a liar?

  37. BTW – I thought interviews during the show was off limits. Why/when has this changed? Or are they making an exception?

    No, it’s been opened up this year.

    “I was just looking at my dad the whole time, and the judges were kind to me, [so] I was a bit emotional,” she told us.

    Note, there’s not even the sentiment that “I started crying because the judges were nice”. It simply wasn’t said, despite how others are construing it. It’s insinuated the nice comments made her more emotional, which would not be a shock, but nothing more than that. Especially because the other, primary reference is to her Dad.

    I don’t normally parse like this. But it just seems beyond unfair to attack her based on that kind of media quote. Even if what she said was blatantly false… if someone put a camera in my face, I’d probably mess up logically and put things in the wrong order or not make what I meant clear. I certainly don’t take it as disingenuous.

  38. To steal a phrase I’ve seen thrown around here before, Crystal is so unfiltered. She just says what she believes without realizing that’s not ok in Hollywood.

    The only reason it’s not ok in Hollywood is because people are waiting like vultures to leap on every word and ascribe the worst possible interpretation. The jaded, cynical views that I’ve seen from people over Crystal’s conversation with Ryan, comments on facebook and in this interview, and her tears last night are depressingly mean-spirited and superficial. I wonder how many people who are vilifying her would handle themselves well in a similar situation. We’re living in a world of sound bites and half truths, and it’s a shame that people swallow them as absolute truth and are so quick to throw stones at any of these contestants.

    I see nothing inconsistent in anything that has been reported – it’s quite likely that Crystal had a conversation with Ryan and expressed frustration or an idle thought of throwing in the towel – anyone who works for a living can probably think of a time when they’ve had a similar conversation with a co-worker or friend. Doesn’t mean she really wanted to leave, or that she wasn’t frustrated that her words were taken out of context, or reported publicly when she probably believed that she was having a private conversation(and text – guess she’ll have to realize that nothing she does is private anymore, poor girl). She was likely stopped last night and asked direct questions, and these were her responses – honest attempts to clarify misinformation that’s been put out there.
    eta: And the quote about the crying is a perfect example of something being leapt on as if it is some sort of gospel truth. She saw her Dad, knew he was getting emotional behind the shades(hello, he’s cried before in show clips), got emotional herself, and the judge’s reactions to her just kept that feeling going. That’s her recollection of events – why ascribe anything more sinister to it?

  39. So she’s calling Ryan, who planted confirmed the story, a liar?

    Um No. She is saying how it was reported in the news was a misrepresentation of the event. Ryan didn’t confirm every detail of the story, just that he and Crystal had the discussion. Also, this quote

    And I highly respect him. I am not mad at Ryan Seacrest. He is a great man.

    says to me she does not think Ryan is a liar. LOL

  40. “We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as.”

    So she’s calling Ryan, who planted confirmed the story, a liar?

    yep. it reads that way to me.

  41. “We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as.”

    So she’s calling Ryan, who planted confirmed the story, a liar?

    Not really, no. TMZ embellishes independently.

  42. idol’s revving up da bus, and it’s gunning for crystal. she should begin checking her back for tire tracks in 3, 2, 1….

  43. Crystalgate continues! Heh! I think she was talking about how she continued to be emotional at the end, peeps. Wow. If she was faking that emotion, she needs to go directly to be cast in The Janis Joplin Story because she is SOME actress. And I’ve watched it a number of times. I know exactly how she feels, BTW. Some time ago I wrote a story about my mom. I’ve read it at a number of readings and I ALWAYS choke up at the end. Some things just set you off, you know?

    I get the feeling that Siobhan-o-fanatics are mad as hell at their pony’s showing, but the truth is that even if it’s not fair – Crystal has become the star of the show. She’s earned it. Besides, it’s a teevee show. It’s not supposed to be fair. What, Tim was going to get the pimp spot with his weak rendition of The Nothing Song? That’s not good teevee, now is it?

    We all know the press have a field day with any statement. Maybe she was saying that the media overreacted. Maybe she was momentarily peeved at Ryan and then got over it. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe she’s just a young girl from a small town in Ohio and NOT the Anti-Christ. Whatever. She’s an incredible talent. That’s the important thing. I’m not having dinner with her. I’m buying her music. As someone who has been around a number of famous people, I can assure you – for the most part, they aren’t nice. [I think Crystal really IS nice, but I’m just pointing out she may not be]. Does that mean I stop going to movies?

  44. Curse of the front runner. All I have to say is this (well, I guess not ALL I have to say >_>)

    HATAZ GON’ HATE, GO MAMASOX!

    Oh, and I don’t think she’s psychic. She could’ve cried a lot more after the show, and she was talking about those tears. Or, more likely, she got mire emotional after the judges commented, she wasn’t referring to those tears, and those HATAZ just needed something to pick at. Another or, the article writer could have also been one of those accursed HATAZ, so she could’ve gotten that quote and changed the context to make it all look staged.

    Also, hating her because she’s overrated is stupid. It’s not like she chose to be overrated by the media.

  45. Crystal needs to let this go. The more she talks about it, the more people are going to question it and start poking at it like an open wound.

    Also, as cool as her mic stand is, I don’t think it was a good idea to use it. Some may see it as a ‘why is she so special’ type of thing and be turned off by it. As if she’s trying to make herself stand out too much or she gets to use a ‘binky’ to comfort herself after the whole Ryan/TwitterGate. Not saying that’s what Crystal was thinking, but it can be looked at that way.

  46. They must be allowing interviews this year so that they can try to drum up something in this dreadfully boring season. At least with interviews, people can pore over the minutiae (sp?) of the interviews and hopefully find something interesting. Even if it has to be spun a bit. It’s smart really, that way you can leave the drama creation to the fans of the show, who are reliably obsessive, defensive, and emotionally invested in the AI characters, I mean contestants…

  47. They must be allowing interviews this year so that they can try to drum up something in this dreadfully boring season. At least with interviews, people can pore over the minutiae (sp?) of the interviews and hopefully find something interesting. Even if it has to be spun a bit. It’s smart really, that way you can leave the drama creation to the fans of the show, who are reliably obsessive, defensive, and emotionally invested in the AI characters, I mean contestants…

    Yep.

  48. Crystal started crying before the end of the song. I believe her when she said she was emotional when she saw her dad in the audience. We already know she has been homesick. To me this is just being human. Again to me she seems like a very talented singer that showed a moment of human vulnerability, nothing wrong with that, at least not to me.
    I hope these kids don’t read the stuff people say about them or at least it is filtered for them. I can’t imagine how it would make them feel.
    Idol is as much about personality and connection with the viewing audience so I guess one person’s trash is another’s treasure or something to that effect.
    IMO Crystal seems the most sincere of any of the contestants.

  49. edit

    Obviously, there are some mean comments around blogs, Facebook, etc, but well, that’s completely normal, there’s far more support for her, she is authentic and anyone with an open heart can see that.

    This girl is the star of the show right now. That’s all that matters.

  50. My impression of the “Betrayed by Seacrest” text Crystal sent to Katelyn was that it was supposed to be a snarky joke–something for the two of them to laugh about. Crystal may be serious about her music, but she has a wicked sense of humor. Remember: This is the woman who gave us the phrase “Danny Gokey Babies.”

  51. This girl is the star of the show right now. That’s all that matters.

    Honestly? I’m at least as interested in her psychological health. So, hopefully, she reads past the venom… but it is insane, the amount of pressure we put on these people.

    Even the ones who aren’t the frontrunners, you know? It’s not exactly easy to hear from the wider universe “well, you’re a terrible performance artist, I can’t hear you making a record, and I think you should hurry up and die”.

    But, of course, that is the nature of the beast, and these people do have to learn to roll with it and move on. Still, I will be sitting in my corner worrying. It just all seems so harsh.

  52. I hope these kids don’t read the stuff people say about them or at least it is filtered for them. I can’t imagine how it would make them feel.

    I understand the sentiment behind it, but that wouldn’t be realistic. If they think what they get thrown at them while in the Idol bubble is bad, the real music industry will be that much tougher. Best to get used to it now, so maybe they can grow a thicker skin for their future careers.

    That said, there have been hurtful things said about every contestant and every season and it’s not always fair.

  53. I can’t bring myself to form an opinion either way, the story really isn’t very interesting.

  54. Honestly? I’m at least as interested in her psychological health.

    I have faith in her words about being a “though cookie”. Last night’s tears seemed to me like a reaction to an intense moment from someone who is really close to the ones she loves after a heartfelt performance.

    If this had happened the night of her performance after that hospital trip, then I’d be worried.

  55. OMG – this is still being reported in the news? And I was hoping that the post performance hugs/reaction would wipe it all away. Dumb me.

  56. As the beginning of the thread write-up uses the words “smart cookie”, I have always thought that Crystal has always been one. This girl knows what she’s doing and how to play the game. Don’t ever underestimate her! She came on this show with a plan and knows exactly where she’s going and what she has to do to get there.

    With regards to the treatment of these contestants, it’s all relevant. I may not agree with it but that’s the industry and they have to be tough to make it in this business, so I imagine this is as good a time as any (as harsh as it may appear).

    Another thing that perplexes me is when someone says they didn’t know it was going to be this or going to be that when they make it after Hollywood week. Give me a break. You auditioned for the show, did you not do any homework in this regard. It’s not rocket science to watch a few episodes to get a grasp on what’s actually in store for you once chosen. You only have to be attentive to contestants and judges’ comments from previous years to know what to expect. Sorry, but I just don’t buy into it.

    For me, it’s still remains to be lacking in lustre this season and for the life of me I don’t understand why, considering the numbers that auditioned. Thank heavens for the guests that appear because in all honesty that is the only reason I have watched, when I watch, this season.

  57. “Also, hating her because she’s overrated is stupid. It’s not like she chose to be overrated by the media.”

    That’s *exactly* what I said last year about he-that-should-not-be-named-quite-so-often…
    For me,it’s more about the fans and the judges. I couldn’t care less about the media attention surrounding her.

    LMAO undercooked-ITA.

  58. Eh, I can believe she’d backpedal. Nothing wrong with that here, as far as I can see.

    I don’t see that this will do anything, but continue to help her out and “humanize” her. So good for her and helping her inevitable march to winning.

  59. he-that-should-not-be-named-quite-so-often…

    LOL, just couldn’t resist…too much Harry Potter for me!

    I truly feel for these contestants this year though. Seriously, they have to know what everyone outside the show has been/is saying about this year’s crop. Definitely not easy all around and I’m not sure if I would put myself through what these aspiring artists are doing.

    Hopefully, they will all come out of it with a much stronger character, because what doesn’t break you, makes you.

    All the best to everyone!

  60. I tend to believe Crystal over TMZ any day of the week. I think she probably did have a rough patch of feeling homesick, especially after the two people she was closest to were eliminated. We all go through times of self-doubt about what we’re doing and if it’s worth it. If the story was given to them by Ryan, he also has a tendency toward embellishment. We see it on the show all the time.

    I still think her text ‘Betrayed by Seacrest’ was tongue in cheek and damned funny.

  61. “I never intend to quit talking about not quitting.”

    Awesome.

  62. Gosh this whole thing seems like much ado about nothing. Maybe it is just an attempt to manufacture some drama or interest in what is otherwise a pretty boring season. It’s fun to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling, but often not very accurate. All the contestants this year seem like pretty nice people–I just wish the singing were more exciting.

  63. Well, I guess we know how those post idol interviews will go now. Crystal, is it true you actually thought about quitting? Then it’ll be all about family, fans, charities, and bong pipes. I mean, mics.

  64. If they think what they get thrown at them while in the Idol bubble is bad, the real music industry will be that much tougher. Best to get used to it now, so maybe they can grow a thicker skin for their future careers.

    This is so true and you have to wonder if the record executives aren’t just a little bit worried that she might literally or figuratively quit on them if the pressure of promoting her album gets too tough (and after they have sunk a bundle in it). Here she is the frontrunner (since Day 1) with nothing but kisses and hugs from the judges and the big story is her quitting the show. Plus she seems overly sensitive to the internet gossip and she just burst into tears at the end of her last performance, clutching her favorite bong mic (blankie). If she wins, they will obviously have to give her the winner’s package. But if she doesn’t, I think she’s damaging her prospects with the fragile, shaky image she is currently projecting.

  65. I’m from Toledo, OH which is close to Crystal’s hometown. The local tv news, newspaper, and radio stations are talking about Crystal and supporting her big time. BUT, when this whole thing came out that she was supposedly ready to quit, etc they started laying off the support a little. I follow one of the local radio stations on Facebook and here is what they posted yesterday…

    “Why don’t they just name Crystal Bowersox as your next American Idol and send everyone else home? But does she seem very fragile to you…like she thoroughly enjoys performing…but would thoroughly hate the whole Hollywood/paparrazzi frenzy? Is it possible she would make a hugely popular CD…and then choose to drop out of sight?”

  66. Right from the horse’s mouth: “We had a conversation, but it definitely didn’t go down the way that it has been portrayed as…”

    This surely affirms that the speculation that douchey Ryan indeed made up the story to cover up his high-on-drugs behavior.

  67. It’s sad that the media in general (and the AI media-machine in particular) has caused such cynicism. Nothing Crystal has done has been the least bit suspicious to me. Doubting herself in a time of stress, wanting some alone time when surrounded by utter insanity 24 hours a day for 14+ weeks now, tearing up in response to a loved one getting emotional, all of these are utterly and completely normal and understandable behaviors.

    I applaud her, and all her fellow contestants, for handling inst-fame so very well. I don’t think I would have such grace.

    It’s time for us to remember that the media is the monster here guys…

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