Survivor’s Patrick Bolton Talks Pre-Recreation Connection to Castmate Ali Elliott: ‘I Used It As a Lifeline’ No ratings yet.

Patrick Bolton on Survivor 35 ‘Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers’ Robert Voets/CBS

“I’ve by no means believed a redhead a day in my life.” These had been the phrases of Patrick Bolton’s tribemate simply earlier than he was voted out of Survivor season 35 “Heroes vs. Heroes vs. Hustlers.”

The Alabama native, 24, who described himself as “persistent, playful and grateful” in his CBS bio — and sure, has pink hair — skilled some character conflict throughout the Hustlers tribe, significantly along with his seemingly anti-ginger castmate, Lauren Rimmer.

Nonetheless, he had a pre-game reference to Ali Elliott, with whom he went to school, which was stored underneath wraps and will have taken him far into the sport if performed the proper means.

Bolton, a small enterprise proprietor, then fell brief within the immunity problem and Elliot began having doubts about aligning with him, particularly given the pushback from different gamers.

He clears issues up in his interview with Us:

Us: How did you are feeling going into tribal council? Did you think you had been going dwelling in any respect?

PB: Going into tribal, earlier than any phrases had been spoken, I used to be fairly calm and picked up. What you bought to see so far as Lauren telling everybody how a lot I bothered them, and their responses, I didn’t see these. What I had seen, I used to be comfy pondering Lauren was going dwelling. Not me. Moving into, I felt wonderful. Half-way via, I acquired slightly fearful from a few of Lauren’s feedback and a few of Ali’s feedback. It ended unhealthy for me yesterday. I relived the expertise watching it on nationwide TV. It was unlucky, primarily as a result of Lauren ought to have been the one going dwelling.

Us: What did you consider Lauren claiming to have two idols? Do you assume that made any distinction?

PB: That meant actually nothing to anybody. As you noticed, Ali laughed as a result of she had by no means regarded for the idol. She had mentioned that. I, alternatively, did search for the idol and may have discovered two with the period of time I spent wanting.

Lauren Rimmer and Patrick Bolton  Survivor 35 Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Lauren Rimmer and Patrick Bolton on Survivor 35 ‘Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers’ Robert Voets/CBS

Us: Who do you assume was in the end accountable for the votes going your means?

PB: I feel Lauren was in the end accountable. Or possibly Ryan [Ulrich]. As you see, Ryan and Devon [Pinto] mentioned we now have votes coming our means and we’re the figuring out issue. It was Lauren or me. I clearly was saying Lauren. I assumed I used to be good. It’s exhausting to say. Was it Lauren? Was it Ryan? I really feel Lauren swayed the votes, however in the end Ryan made via with that call.

Us: Did you notice how shut Ryan and Devon had been? Was that clear on the market?

PB: It was not clear. Once more, as I am going via and watch now … I didn’t notice that they shared many conversations collectively with out my being there. I assumed I used to be there for a great majority of our conversations and technique play. It was simply positively one thing I ought to have picked up on. And if I had, I might have made higher technique taking part in with Ali. I didn’t take full benefit of my scenario there. That’s one other issue that despatched me dwelling.

Us: Talking of that, you knew Ali previous to the sport. Was that one thing that was talked about brazenly or did you retain it hush-hush?

PB: No, it was positively hush-hush. Try to assume for your self — when you had been taking part in Survivor, you wouldn’t need any of your different tribemates to know that you simply knew somebody previous to the present. That’s a very comforting factor. It was for me, pondering, “Hey, I acquired somebody I can belief right here and somebody who is aware of me. We wish one of the best for one another.” I assumed Ali wished one of the best for me. She in the end did, she simply couldn’t take full benefit of that and he or she didn’t wish to put her life on the road for me. That’s what it boiled right down to. I stored it very hush-hush. I didn’t point out something to anybody about it so far as producers previous to the present. Ali instructed me that as quickly as she noticed my face, she instructed the primary individual she might inform, so far as CBS authority. Like, “Hey, I do know this man. I don’t know if that is deliberate or what you guys are doing, however we went to the identical school. He was neighbor. He lived down the road.” We’ve been to sufficient of the identical events to know one another. We weren’t shut pals, however we had been positively shut associates.

Us: Do you assume it performed a think about your demise?

PB: I really feel prefer it kinda did damage my sport. I used it as a lifeline that couldn’t be damaged. I just about all the time mentioned that Ali was going to be my lifeline. If I might get Devon and Ryan … Ali is a for positive choose for me. She’s not going to vote in opposition to me. I leaned on that for an excessive amount of consolation and I ought to have by no means have performed that. I might by no means do this once more. I might have both mentioned, “Ali’s gotta go. Or I gotta make higher technique together with her.” I didn’t talk sufficient together with her and we shouldn’t have tried to cover as a lot of our speaking. We must always have strategized to actually work that connection.

Patrick Bolton Survivor 35 Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Patrick Bolton on Survivor 35 ‘Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers’ Robert Voets/CBS

Us: You regarded pissed while you left. Who had been you most offended with?

PB: I felt so heated towards Ali and Ryan. Devon’s a quiet man, so I didn’t discuss as a lot to him. I used to be very heated at Ali as a result of I didn’t assume she would vote in opposition to me in 1,000,000 years. At the very least not that early within the sport. Going towards a later vote-out, I might positively see her voting me out for her profit. However it was too early. What was not proven, I used to be looking for the immunity idol after the problem was misplaced, and Ryan comes as much as me and says, “I do know you’re in search of the immunity idol. You don’t want to fret. Don’t assume you want the immunity idol to make it via tonight. Lauren’s going dwelling.” He instructed me that with probably the most severe look on his face. I had 100 % confidence that Lauren was going dwelling after that dialog with Ryan. I actually wished to strangle him proper there. I knew that was completely in opposition to something I might do.

Us: You had been seen as a goofball who typically rubbed folks the fallacious means. What did you assume watching that again?

PB: I positively assume I acquired a loud character, at instances, not all the time. I used to be so excited to be on Survivor. In 1,000,000 years, I might have by no means thought it might be me. But I’m right here. I’m having the time of my life. The expertise is wonderful and I’m having enjoyable. We had been joking round loads. Ryan was this humorous little man. He was all the time cracking jokes. Just about, I didn’t assume I used to be going to negatively have an effect on my sport by joking round. Lots of it was simply who I’m. Buddies watching referred to as me and mentioned, “I wouldn’t anticipate something much less of you.” I discover that humorous that they might say the identical factor about me.

Us: Simone [Nguyen] instructed me in her exit interview that you simply had been there for the cameras and airtime. Response?

PB: Oh Simone, fall asleep. Don’t say that. That’s not truthful. That’s not true. She mentioned I used to be there for airtime and TV? She’s loopy. I do love Simone although. I don’t need her to assume I don’t love her. Simone, you’re liked. However that’s not true.

Us: Lastly, do you assume there was something you can have performed at tribal council to modify the votes or had been they locked?

PB: I assumed again via this on just a few events the place I’m laying in mattress and I can’t fall asleep all night time due to this thought. If i had recognized I used to be going dwelling, might I’ve switched the votes? I performed so many ideas again via my head, phrases I might have mentioned to swing the votes. I really feel like there might have been an opportunity if I actually spilled all the things out. … Actually, Ryan was by no means going to go dwelling. Lauren was actually the one possibility I needed to get to go dwelling. I feel if I had used the proper phrases in the proper second, it might have presumably occurred. It will have been like getting one of the best hand in playing cards. It will have been troublesome.

Survivor airs on CBS Wednesdays at eight p.m. ET.

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