Though Celebrity Big Brother cuts off its houseguests from the outside world, Keshia Knight Pulliam can vouch that real-life problems can still get in the way of the game.
The former Cosby Show star was chosen for eviction over Omarosa Manigault Newman, whom she had an alliance with, in a unanimous vote on Monday night after tearfully asking her fellow houseguests to send her home. Pulliam explained to them that her breast milk was depleting while inside the house, and that it’s vital in order to provide for her 1-year old daughter, Ella Grace.
Now reunited with her daughter, Pulliam gave a behind-the-scenes look at her eviction to PEOPLE and chatted about her unlikely friendship with Manigault Newman during the show.
PEOPLE: When was the moment you realized, “This is it, I need to go home?”
Pulliam: Well, honestly, it just happened that evening and it had been a steady thing. My breast milk supply had kind of continuously . And I just got to the point where I was like, “This is it.” I’m one of those people who definitely follows my intuitions and follows signs. I had done everything in the couple of days leading up to it — I had upped my water intake, I took the tea to help with lactation. Then finally the morning of, my breast pump — I woke up at like 6:30 to pump before everyone got up — it just died. It just wouldn’t come on. I was like, “Okay God, I just have to listen at this point.” That’s when I realized that this situation wasn’t getting better, and Ella definitely needed me.
How hard was it to be away from her while you were in the house?
It was definitely a challenge. I know there are several parents in the house and I feel their pain and I had never spent a day away from my baby until this opportunity presented itself. I’m really proud of how well I did having been away from her. I get it, everyone misses their child, but situation I’m her food source and I had to ensure that she had what she needs.
Are you sad you couldn’t compete longer?
Yeah I’m sad, but ultimately nothing is more important and priceless than her and her being good and her needs being taken care of. Because that’s the thing, I was ready to go the full mile and I was in it, I was ready to compete, ready to win but I just had to make this decision and this decision wasn’t about gameplay, any of those things, it’s real life. You can kind of escape to the Big Brother world but ultimately real life is happening. As a mom, it was just what I had to do.
Were you happy that Omarosa could stay instead?
Yes, I’m definitely happy that Omarosa was able to stay instead and I told her, “Do this. You have this, you got this, I’m supporting you, I’m rooting for …read more