Taylor was in one of the most talked about bromances and showmances during ‘Survivor: Millennials V. Gen X,’ but only one lasted through the show. We chatted with the latest castoff on his post-show break up and that bomb he dropped at tribal.
Heading into the jury, how sure were you that you were going home?
I didn’t know it was going to be me, [but] I knew it was going to be Jay or myself. Jay and I had a conversation prior, and had just talked about Adam’s advantage, and possible idol talk and what was the best way to try to sway the vote. We thought we could go to Chris or anyone and tell them about the advantage, but we then thought that would give Adam a lot of time to convince them [otherwise]. So we decided to drop the bomb at tribal. If I could do it again, obviously I would have tried to tell everybody earlier.
Do you have any other regrets?
Not really — maybe having more communication with Jay and Michelle. Sometimes I wish I had teamed up with Adam, just to see how that would go.
Let’s talk showmance: do you get why people were NOT into that?
Yeah, I mean I get it – especially for huge fans of the game. But your mind is going a million directions. You do things you might later regret or things that turn out really well. I also think it’s funny, because I’ve gotten some criticism on that end, but a lot more positive reactions, people saying, ‘You really played up the dumb snowboarder that doesn’t really care well. Maybe if you wouldn’t have stolen food, you’d have lasted.’ And that was my goal going into it, just wooing it, being the really chill guy along for the ride that would totally stab you in the back if you’re not looking.
So that really was your plan going in?
Yes. Figs had asked me after the game why I wasn’t a bigger communicator if I was capable of being one. I was like, ‘You were the face of our alliance.’ That’s horrible, but her name came up so many times and I was right there with her, but my name wasn’t dropped until I was sent home. I’m laying low, but I’m riding right behind the big guy!
How serious was the relationship — was it only a showmance?
It was a showmance and only a showmance. I think she was [aware of that] after we broke up. Obviously she was pretty upset about it, and I am sorry for hurting her. If I could do it again, I don’t think I would go about that route. We didn’t end things right away after Fiji, but a few weeks. It was pretty soon.
I’ve heard the news: you have a son on the way!
I do! I officially found out when I got back. It was a factor of us not continuing our relationship. After officially finding out; it was a tough decision. I had to do what was best for my family, and unforutnaltey, she was a casualty at that.
Who are the biggest threats still left in the game?
I would say Jay. I knew that at some point if I was still in the game that we would have to turn on each other because we’re each other’s equals — same agility, speed, good at puzzles. I understood why he voted; I knew that they were going to split the vote, and I didn’t want Jay [out]. I was rooting for him and I didn’t want his game to be offended. I turned back to him and said, ‘Do what you’ve gotta do.’
HollywoodLifers, were you sad to see Taylor go?