Elimination Interview: Selena
As Selena says goodbye to Camp Biggest Loser for a second time, she reflects on team turmoil, life on the outside and whether she really gave the game her all.
The victim of a torrent of ill-feeling throughout her time on the show, it’s a relieved Selena that leaves Camp Biggest Loser for the second time.
While the former White Team member wouldn’t go as far as to call the treatment she received bullying, she will say that the behaviour from her teammates and others was far from encouraging.
“My dad can tell me what to do. Tiffiny, my trainer, she can tell me what to do, but to be told all the time by girls from my own team, who are around the same age as me, was so annoying,” she says exasperatedly. “I even took my hearing aid off one day to stop Bek from nagging me. If I hadn’t gotten told what to do all the time, I would’ve worked harder. That’s not making excuses, it’s the truth.”
The situation was made all the harder, Selena explains, by the fact that her team always seemed to be flitting from one emotional extreme to the next – one minute nice as a pie, the next scathing in their assessment of Selena’s efforts.
“Every time I tried to talk to them about their problems with me they kept sending me mixed messages. One day they’d be nice, the next horrible. I didn’t know what to think and I didn’t know how to act.”
The pressure on Selena grew so extreme that during the White Team’s banishment to the bush she decided enough was enough. Though admitting to Tiffiny at the time that she felt she didn’t deserve her place in the competition, Selena now feels that her negative mindset was influenced squarely by her teammates.
“They were constantly telling me to pull my head out and get on with it and I just thought, ‘What the hell?’ It didn’t help that Michelle and Kasey were saying, ‘We wish we had Bek here and not you.’ I encouraged them, supported them but they didn’t do the same for me.”
Selena is in a much better place now, conceding that her Elimination was the best possible outcome for her. “I knew that I would work harder on the outside because I’m surrounded by love and family, and what I’ve learned I can use on the outside,” she beams. “Everyone else may be going like the hare but I’m going like the tortoise, slow and steady, and that works for me.”