You might have anticipated a showmance to return out of “Big Brother 23,” however you in all probability did not see this one coming.
In a joint interview with Us Weekly, 25-year-old Claire Rehfuss and 24-year-old Derek Xiao revealed that they’re in a relationship. They defined that the sparks actually started to fly as soon as they had been within the jury home.
“I feel that we each actually felt the chemistry as soon as we received to jury home and will actually join with one another,” Claire stated. “We would keep up late speaking each single evening and we simply actually developed a bond.”
“I bear in mind the primary or second evening that she was there (within the jury home), we stayed up all evening simply speaking till 5:00 a.m. That occurred each single evening for the primary, like, 5 days. That’s after I began actually considering like, ‘Wait a second, why did not this occur in the home? There’s such a powerful connection and chemistry between us.’ I feel that was the start of us desirous about what this might be,” Derek added.
Derek Says Claire is ‘His Type’
Although Derek and Claire had been shut mates all through “Big Brother 23,” it appeared like their relationship was merely platonic. But Derek advised Us Weekly that he knew he was interested in Claire straight away.
“I knew from week one which Claire was my kind,” he stated. “I assume I simply by no means let myself discover that past only a friendship. I imply, you noticed what occurred to Alyssa (Lopez)andChristian (Birkenberger) week one. For me, regardless of getting taken out very early on, I did need to win that recreation…I knew that if I let myself, I might simply fall for Claire in the home.”
“Once you are off digital camera, that is while you actually, actually get to know who an individual is and you may actually be weak and you may actually be open and actually speak about lots of issues out of your life,” Claire added.
Many Fans Thought Derek & Hannah Would Get Together
Early on in “Big Brother 23,” 21-year-old houseguest Hannah Chaddha admitted to having a crush on Derek. The pair had been shut mates all through the sport and had been usually seen cuddling. They’ve additionally been spending lots of time collectively post-season. Some followers had been hopeful their friendship would flip into one thing extra.
Hannah can also be shut mates with Claire, so how does she really feel about this new showmance? Derek introduced the brand new relationship in an Instagram submit and Hannah left a supportive remark. “congratulations to my greatest mates, the veto king & queen claire❤️🔥,” Hannah wrote.
“Coming out of the Big Brother home has been overwhelming, however I’m so fortunate to have had Queen Claire by my facet making me smile and snicker on a regular basis ❤️ I’m so excited to see what’s subsequent for us,” Derek wrote within the caption.
Claire additionally introduced the information on Instagram, calling the connection “the very best factor to return out of probably the most anxious 3 months of my life.”
Was Their Relationship Ever a Secret from the Other Houseguests?
Claire advised Us Weekly that after she and Derek knew they appreciated one another, they did not attempt to conceal it from the opposite jury members.
“Me and Alyssa had been roommates in jury. She was like my confidante. Everyone else was additionally serving to us attempt to get across the jury home managers. So everybody within the jury home mainly knew what was taking place. It wasn’t like a unclean little secret within the boat home or something. It was very enjoyable,” she stated.
Derek defined why they needed to sneak round to get privateness from the jury home managers. “They do not like while you hand around in non-public by your self, since you could be having recreation talks,” he defined. “So, me and Claire must discover completely different hiding spots. We weren’t even attempting to speak recreation. We actually wished to speak to one another and we would must sneak round.”
Claire’s Parents Are Excited to Meet Derek
Claire revealed to Us Weekly that she and Derek had been already courting by the point she left L.A. to go see her household again in New York. She says that her dad and mom had been thrilling when she advised them concerning the relationship.
“I imply, who does not love Derek X? Like they had been like, ‘We know him. We cannot wait. We’re so excited to satisfy him,'” she stated.
Claire Confessed a Secret to Derek on the Live Feeds
As is widespread follow for “Big Brother” houseguests, Claire advised a couple of white lies about herself in the course of the recreation. She stated she lived in Astoria, Queens when she actually lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She did not need folks to imagine she was rich due to the fame of the Upper East Side.
She advised Derek the reality about her dwelling state of affairs on the hammock.”But it is not a pleasant condo!” Claire insisted, laughing. Derek burst into laughter and joked “I’m gonna kill you!” The pair had exchanged many jokes about Queens so he could not consider the fib.
Claire, an Artificial Intelligence engineer, additionally lied about her job on the show. She confessed her secret to Derek proper after telling him the place she actually lived.