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Big Brother’s Tully Smyth defends decision to eliminate ex-boyfriend Anthony Drew from the house

After an emotional episode of Big Brother: Royalty Vs New Contenders, Tully Smyth has defended her decision to remove her ex-boyfriend Anthony Drew (aka Drew) from the show.

The 34-year-old explained her side of the story when she took to Instagram after the episode aired Thursday night.

“Here’s the first and last thing I’ll say about tonight’s episode,” she began her lengthy statement.

Set the record straight: Tully this week defended her decision to remove her ex-boyfriend Anthony Drew from Big Brother

Set the record straight: Tully this week defended her decision to remove her ex-boyfriend Anthony Drew from Big Brother

“Big Brother is supposed to be a fun experience — and it was 90 percent of the time — but I was definitely challenged.”

“From the moment I entered the house, I was hot on my heels, alone and late.

“It’s sometimes hard to focus on the positives when I often feel misunderstood by social media, but I find genuine concern admirable.”

“To be able to see good qualities in someone who has hurt you and to be able to be friends with them shows compassion and emotional intelligence. Most people can’t.’

The reality star further noted that she remains “empathetic” to the situation and Drew agreed, leaving her “torn between my head and my heart.”

“I went in with the intention of proving myself, doing something on my own, but I also had to stay true to my values ​​and integrity,” she added.

“I still care what happened to Drew, as my friend of nine years.”

Empathy: Tully says she wants the best for Drew, but also wants to stand on her own two feet

Empathy: Tully says she wants the best for Drew, but also wants to stand on her own two feet

Tully continued: ‘Making the decision to vote for him was difficult because it felt counter-intuitive – I always want the best for him…but I also wanted him to leave so I could finally stand on my own two feet. Play my own game, without doing him a favor or worrying about his position.

‘The fact that people might not understand that doesn’t change who I am.

“I had three words that I would always repeat to myself during my second time in the house: grace, empathy, and integrity.”

Proud moment: Tully doesn't regret voting her ex off the show

Proud moment: Tully doesn’t regret voting her ex off the show

Tully also said she’s “proud” of her decision, adding that throughout her time at Big Brother she wanted to “keep herself with ‘grace’, always have empathy and play with integrity.”

“Love me or hate me, I’m proud of how I played this time,” she said.

And believe it or not (and you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise thanks to these dramatic promos where I cry uglier than Kim Kardashian) I loved doing it.

'Love me or hate me': Tully sparked controversy last season for having affair

‘Love me or hate me’: Tully sparked controversy last season for having affair

‘The nicest. I had the time of my life! And how lucky that I got to experience it all a second time?

“Now… let’s see what’s in store for me next week.”

Tully’s statement comes after Big Brother’s roommates had to vote on a fellow candidate on Thursday night’s episode.

Emotional: Tully burst into tears when she voted ex Drew out of the compound

Emotional: Tully burst into tears when she voted ex Drew out of the compound

The housemate, who was on Big Brother Australia 10 prior to this season, burst into tears when she made the decision to cast her vote for Drew.

“I said I wanted to come here and play alone this time, and it was really hard to do that,” she said on the show.

“My point is about Drew… I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry… Oh, God, my heart.”

'I'm so sorry': The housemates were all emotional because they were forced to take out a housemate on the spot

‘I’m so sorry’: The housemates were all emotional because they were forced to take out a housemate on the spot

Drew then packed his bags and prepared to leave after getting the most votes.

But with every season comes a classic twist.

In a shocking turn of events, Drew was sent to a secret room called The Mainframe, so technically he still stays in the Big Brother house and will return soon.

Tully and Drew have a controversial history, having made headlines during the 2013 season when they became embroiled in an affair.

Shocking twist: In classic Big Brother fashion, Drew was sent to a secret room called The Mainframe and will be returning to the show soon

Shocking twist: In classic Big Brother fashion, Drew was sent to a secret room called The Mainframe and will be returning to the show soon

She sparked outrage after cheating on her then-girlfriend Tahlia Farrant with Drew.

Speaking on the Shameless podcast in 2019, the star said she regretted what happened and the “hurt” she caused other people.

“There were six weeks that I was there alone. [Drew] never had to deal with the consequences of what happened,” she recalls.

“He was a rock star turned lesbian and I was a cheating sl**ty home avenger.”

Controversial: During the 2013 season of Big Brother, Tully sparked outrage when she cheated on her then-girlfriend Tahlia Farrant with roommate Drew

Controversial: During the 2013 season of Big Brother, Tully sparked outrage when she cheated on her then-girlfriend Tahlia Farrant with roommate Drew

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