How Survivor Inspired Kellyn Bechtold to Fight Cyberbullying


Cyberbullying is not any joke. Kellyn Bechtold can inform you that firsthand. The newest Survivor: Ghost Island castoff mentioned she has been getting disgusting hate from social media trolls, together with anyone who wished she would get most cancers. Now, Kellyn is expressing her want to be an advocate for younger people who find themselves victims of keyboard brutality. But that is not all we mentioned in our one-on-one interview. Kellyn additionally promised an unbelievable finale with a tricky jury that grills the ultimate 3 castaways into really proving why they’re probably the most deserving winner.

SheIs aware of: Going into that Tribal Council, you expressed concern the votes have been going to fall in opposition to you. Was it simply you being paranoid or do you know your elimination was coming?

Kellyn Bechtold: It would not make nice tv, however I knew it was me. You do not see a lot of our relationship, however Sebastian and I have been tremendous shut. He got here to me and paid his respects. Wendell had, too, and mentioned, “Kellyn, I love you unconditionally, but it’s 75 percent sure you’re going home tonight.” I believed if he was telling me he loves me and he is 75 % certain, that was actually 100 % certain. They had finished the honors of letting me know. Donathan gave it his finest shot at getting issues to be emotional. He got here to me earlier than Tribal and was like, “I’m so mad.” I used to be like, “You aren’t going with them? Let’s vote Dom. He hasn’t had any votes toward him. Let’s make him feel what it feels like to have his name come out of the urn.” I used to be emotionally caught up in Donathan’s feelings at that time. In the center of Tribal they have been outwardly speaking about splitting the votes. I found out as a substitute of losing my emotional vote on Dom, I voted for Donathan to trigger a tie. It was actually enjoyable. I knew I used to be on my approach out, however I had this little golden sparkle in my eye that I used to be going to make them no less than sweat it for a minute. That’s the way it went down from my perspective. Maybe the boys have been going backwards and forwards on whether or not or not they need to get Donathan out or me. From my perspective, they advised me it was my time. It was what it was.

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SK: From a viewer’s perspective, Domenick and Wendell look like controlling virtually every little thing. How are these guys surviving all of the votes?

KB: I do not know. I do know why I did not pull the set off at 10. I had finished numerous work premerge to vote out the Malolos. I believed they [Dom and Wendell] have been a defend for me as a result of they have been larger threats. … At the purpose we have now eight folks, we will do that [vote them out.] I actually thought it was in Laurel and Donathan’s finest curiosity to return with us women, however they’d much more days with Dom and Wendell on the island. I did not meet them till the merge. I did not have as many days to construct a relationship. Relationships are a giant deal. Laurel trusted them, and he or she trusted them greater than me. As a lot as I wished to remain, hey woman, you voted for me and I voted for you as a result of these boys are bossing us round. Let’s work collectively and get them out. It simply wasn’t the story she wished to observe. Those boys had numerous ammunition. I saved saying I introduced a knife to the gunfight after the merge. They frankly outplayed me so laborious. They obtained to the goat first.

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SK: Has there been any dissention or mistrust between Domenick and Wendell?

KB: Zero. They have been open about it to me. I knew nothing was going to occur until Dom or Wendell have been keen to make it occur. They had Laurel, Donathan and Sebastian of their pocket. My final 3 days, I used to be making an attempt to take a seat down with Dom first and say, “These are all the reasons you cannot beat Wendell in the end. You should sure as hell start making a move because he’s gonna beat you.” That wasn’t working. Dom was like, “There’s no way he’s gonna beat me.” I used to be like, “Fine. I’ll go to Wendell.” I went to him for about an hour breaking down who every individual would vote for. “You can’t beat Dom in the end.” I believed there was extra wiggle room between Dom and Wendell than there was between Wendell and Laurel. But they weren’t going to budge. They each appeared me within the face and mentioned, “You’re wrong. We have to go together. If one of us goes, the other is next.” From my perspective, on day 35 they have been tight as glue. I am unable to wait to see what occurs and see in the event that they determine to stay with that or not.

SK: Who did you wish to go to the top of the sport with?

KB: Originally I wished to go together with Angela and Chelsea. After Chelsea was gone, I nonetheless wished to take Angela. Honestly, folks could make enjoyable of me for this, however I believed I may beat anybody besides Dom and Wendell. I used to be keen to go together with Laurel and Donathan in the event that they have been going to drag me in. I had been working with Sebastian all recreation. He and I have been actually nice buddies, he simply occurred to wish to work with the boys. I might’ve taken Sebastian, however I used to be a bit of nervous in regards to the likability issue that he may beat me. I used to be actually keen to go together with any combo besides Dom or Wendell. If I needed to take one among them to the top, I most likely would’ve been keen to go together with Dom, however I did not belief him. He and I have been by no means on the identical web page. We have been working collectively out of comfort, by no means out of alliance.

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SK: Let’s discuss Angela. Other contestants already voted out this season have mentioned she’s oblivious to the sport that is being performed round her. What’s your tackle Angela?

KB: She was overlooked of that first Chris vote as a result of she was working with him and other people could not actually belief her. She simply saved getting overlooked of votes, and that was actually intentional. None of us actually knew the place she stood 100 %, and so we did not essentially belief to inform her what was occurring. Personally, she’s powerful as nails, she’s an incredible individual and a wise girl who served her nation. I am keen on her, however she was not being outwardly strategic. She was all the time speaking to me about what we have been going to do, however she was form of alongside for the trip in a really powerful approach.

SK: What form of suggestions are you getting on social media from viewers?

KB: [Laughs.] It’s been very combined. Many folks attain out to inform me that they’ve braveness now to make strikes of their lives that they did not have braveness to earlier than. Women have reached out to me about being in powerful relationships. That half is superb. Other folks have reached out and advised me they hope I get most cancers, they hope I die. There’s numerous extremes. It’s been a extremely attention-grabbing train in proudly owning who I’m in my very own story. It actually would not matter what folks take into consideration me. I really feel unhealthy for younger children as of late who take care of cyberbullying and all that stuff. I actually would like to be an advocate for younger children who should take care of hate on-line. It’s simply one thing that is actually pointless on the planet. I can deal with it. I am a 31-year-old girl. I’ve no apologies for who I’m. I’m proud to be a wild girl who would not sit within the nook and maintain her mouth shut. People can say no matter they need, however I wish to encourage folks to attempt to maintain their hate to themselves. Not everyone seems to be a 31-year-old girl along with her personal life to reside. I really feel like a mom bear. Come at me if you wish to. Say unhealthy issues about me, however after I see them speaking about my different Ghost Islanders that is what actually will get to me. For probably the most half, it has been an exquisite as household and strangers have despatched thanks playing cards and advised me I impressed them. Overwhelmingly, it has been great.

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SK: That’s intense to suppose folks would need most cancers on you for being on a TV present.

KB: Just to consider a human being of their residence and feeling that upset and unhappy that they’d attain out and sort these hateful issues. I simply really feel actually unhealthy for those that are that sad. It’s a darkish place they’re in. I am extra involved for folks. I hope for anybody who feels that approach. I nonetheless take care of them. I actually hope they will discover mild and love of their life.

SK: Give us a tease to finale night time. What can we anticipate?

KB: Oh, my gosh! It’s going to be superb! If you all suppose I’ll go over there and sit on the jury and never blow issues up, you are unsuitable. I am fairly pleased with the questioning and lawyer vibes that I put in last jury. We did not let anybody off the hook simply. If something, you have to tune in and see how the ultimate 3 are known as to the bench they usually have to face up for his or her recreation. It is thrilling. I cherished it. It was superb. To me, it is one of many instances the place folks have been drilled the toughest for truly proving their recreation. Tune in and discover out. It’s going to be a wild trip. I believe the jury is coming in sizzling, as they are saying [laughs.]

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SK: How did you get on the present?

KB: I turned my video to selfie, pressed file and talked for 3 minutes. I did not wish to use modifying software program or something like that. I auditioned twice, back-to-back years. The first time I despatched in a video, I used to be requested to fill out an utility however I did not hear something. A 12 months later, clearly my life had modified quite a bit. I had been married and divorced in that 12 months, and that is the “fun” story to choose up on. I believe they have been intrigued by this concept of a powerful feminine character making an attempt to construct her personal new life for herself. I used to be simply myself. If anyone needs to be on the present, actually all you must do with in the present day’s know-how is press file in selfie video, speak to the digital camera, inform them who you might be, why you wish to play Survivor and simply go for it. The reality is, you’ll by no means be on the present if you happen to by no means apply. I encourage anybody who has any inkling to do it, to go forward and press file.

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