Big Brother housemate Josh Goudswaard was called ‘erratic’ while in the house, but he argues that viewers didn’t get to see who he really was.
Opening up to Yahoo Lifestyle, he spoke candidly about his relationship with Sam, his unlikely bond with Reggie and who he thinks will win.
He got Sam on the show by saying she was a ‘sex therapist’
Viewers were introduced to Josh and Sam Monovski, noting that they’d had one Tinder date in 2015 — but Josh reveals that he was actually the reason Sam, an intimacy coach, came onto the show.
“I sold her as a sex therapist. I was like, listen, I’m still in love with my old sex therapist,” he recalls.
When pushed to answer why he wanted to be on Big Brother with his ex, he comes clean.
Josh explained that the pair had been having “flings on and off for years”, and that going on Big Brother was actually his attempt to further their relationship. The pair were separated by COVID border closures, with Sam in Noosa and Josh in New Brighton, so he came up with the bright idea to get into the house to spend time together.
“I didn’t agree to do the show, unless they put her on there,” he admits.
Laughing at the idea which backfired, he mentions that his sister had some advice: “She goes, ‘Next time Josh, just pick up the phone.’ And I was just like, ‘Yeah, probably won’t throw someone on reality TV’, but I wouldn’t have put her on [Big Brother] if [it] wasn’t alluded to the fact that this could be the start of our love story.”
Josh believes he was made to look ‘creepy’
He slammed his edit, adamant that there was so much that viewers didn’t get to see. After the scene where the pair were having a conversation about their future aired, Josh was crucified online for trying to push his agenda.
“I looked like a creepy serial killer!” he remarked.
“We went to bed holding hands actually, that night,” he added, noting that he really thought he had a chance to “win her over”.
He hates that their relationship was depicted as a “trashy relationship like MAFS”, when for him it was much deeper than that.
Josh came on the show for Sam, but once he had his answer that their relationship wasn’t going anywhere, he understood and backed off.
“I got an answer. And if I didn’t like it, I’ll just respect it,” he says.
Who will win Big Brother?
What wasn’t shown on the show was how close Josh and season three winner Reggie Bird became in the house. He reveals he stepped seamlessly into the role of her caregiver, helping her navigate the house as she has retinitis pigmentosa, which causes severe vision impairment.
When asked who will win, or is the biggest threat, he doesn’t hesitate.
“Without giving spoilers, [if] you ask yourself — if you meet someone like Reg, would you send her home? Could you live with yourself?
“I’d say Reggie is a safe bet because she is so loveable, that I don’t trust anyone who would put her up for eviction.”
He believes that the ‘royalty’ housemates have an edge over the new housemates, simply because they’ve done it before.
“They had the mental fortitude in preparation to know that the first weeks are the hardest, and to enjoy the experience.
“They have a lot more emotional maturity,” he reflects.
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