BIG MAMA: Keshia Knight Pulliam defends her decision to leave Celebrity Big Brother

Don’t mess with a baby’s breast milk!

We were expecting an epic blindside birthed by Head of Household Ross Matthews, Brandi Glanville and Ariadna Gutiérrez to extract frontrunner Shannon Elizabeth from the game during Monday night’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Instead, breast milk supply ended up being the American Pie starlet’s saving grace.

In an initially bewildering segment, nominee Keshia Knight Pulliam begged her housemates to evict her after Marissa Jaret Winokur — who was willing to pull off the Cosby Show vet, who was on the block next to her pal Omarosa — won the Power of Veto because she was having trouble pumping breast milk for her one-year-old daughter, Ella.

In an exit interview, Pulliam revealed to Sun Media, that while she considered staying to play the game, ultimately being a big mother outweighed Big Brother gaming.

And the actress-turned-chef made the right decision, enthusing that she’s happy to be reunited with her daughter.

Pulliam says, “I’m glad I’m here for her (now) and to make sure her needs are met. I feel breastfeeding is important and something we (parents) chose to do. For us, it’s up to the child to decide when (he or she) is no longer interested. I was pumping every day and breast milk was being delivered to her daily. But I couldn’t anticipate how much the stress the show would have on my breast milk. I started CBB with six boxes full of milk. By the time I left, I was having trouble filling two. I definitely came to play and to win … but family comes first.”

Although Pulliam tried everything to increase her breast milk – like “herbal tea” – she realized life was trying to tell her something. The final straw was “on the morning of the eviction, my breast pump broke! I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me?!’ They got me a new one but I just realized it might be time to go.”

The circumstanecs leading up to the eviction were ambigious to the live audience as it was happening, which begs the question: Did she hear of the backdoor plan to boot Elizabeth in order to save her and Omarosa?

“I didn’t find out about the backdoor plan until early that morning,” the Emmy-nominated actress says. “It was around the time my breast pump broke. As a game move, that was one of the best one ever. Initially, I (was the target) but they changed their minds. As the day went on, they asked me: ‘Do you want to go home.’ And I told them, ‘Yes.’”

Her alliance tried to convince Pulliam to stay a few more days, promising to evict her in the next round of voting but the Newark, N.J. native didn’t trust them.

She says, “They completely flipped their vote on me a few days before so their word wasn’t valuable. My decision to leave wasn’t a game move – it was about real life stuff involving my daughter. I wasn’t happy they were trying to pull my daughter into their strategy.”

Pulliam laughs when I suggest if Elizabeth wins the game, she owes Ella some cash!

“Yes,” she says. “Or she could donate to my non-profit organization Kamp Kizzy, which helps girls with empowerment and self-esteem.”

As for the polarizing Omarosa, Pulliam is as shocked as anyone of their fledgling friendship. “I would have never thought we’d become so close,” she recalls. “I’m grateful I went into the house with an open mind and to not judge anyone. Omarosa really showed me who she was.”

Some fans and critics weren’t sure how Big Brother savvy she was, but the celebrity reality TV show vet – The Mole, Apprentice, Weakest Link and Fear Factor – claims she is, though she can’t really name a favourite season and player, with the exception of the season most contestants watched. (“I think it was 16 with the guy named Gerry, who I liked a lot.”)

But, she adds, “I absolutely prepared before going in the house. I didn’t let on as to how much I knew about BB. I’m not a superfan but I made sure I studied the history so I had a feel for the game. The most important strategy for me was to play with integrity.”

Who does she want to take home the quarter of million dollars prize? “Either Omarosa because she had my back. Also, watch out for Metta World Peace (who wants to go home and doesn’t know the game very well) but he might last until the end.”

As for which reality TV show she might do next, she semi-jokes, “I’ll strap on Ella for Amazing Race!”

At the time of the interview she hasn’t watched back the show yet,” she admits because “it’s been all about booby snacks from mom!”

@nelliebranco

Celebrity Big Brother airs each Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Global.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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