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'America's Next Top Model' Kyle Gober Q&A: 'Laura just didn't like me'

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Kyle Gober might have had extra booty tooch padding, but that couldn't save her from elimination in this week's episode of America's Next Top Model.

Kyle spoke with Digital Spy about her time on the competition, her feud with Laura, working with Estelle and the young PSA co-stars, why she didn't want to walk out anymore and what's delaying her return to modelling (clue: there's a bump ahead...)

America's Next Top Model British Invasion: Kyle

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Can you talk about how you felt after you were eliminated?
"I was really upset that I got eliminated, because I didn't feel like it was my time to go. Something that they didn't show was that I really did have a good photoshoot that episode. I had a fake booty and boobs put in because all the dresses I had put on didn't fit - they were falling off me - and this photoshoot was about accentuating the booty tooch, so that's why they had to give me that.

"I was just really upset with the photo I got, because I felt like I did have a better shot. Mr Jay was telling me during my shoot that out of me, Alisha, and Laura, I did the best in our trio picture. So I was so convinced that I was going to stay, I really was. But last week I was in the bottom two with the music video and I just feel like that had a big role in why I went home, because the winner gets that single and you have to be able to dance and sing, and I definitely did not excel at that! So I feel like that was a huge part of it."

So you were surprised to be eliminated?
"Yeah, I was. When I was in the bottom two with Alisha, I was for sure, 'Well, I'm going home', because Alisha's great. I was just like, 'There's no way, there's no way I'm staying'. It was sad. It made me upset. But at the same time I was really excited to talk to my parents, and then I was so excited I had made it so far."

You mentioned just now and on the show that you didn't think it was your time to go - who should have gone before you?
"Hmm, that's a good question. I'm not just going to say Laura because I feel like me and her, we don't click, and there's a lot of things that she did that I didn't agree with. But I can't just say her, so I'm not sure. Maybe Sophie. I just feel like Sophie got a really amazing rap I guess on the show, and I didn't think that she was that strong of a model so maybe Sophie. I just feel like I shouldn't have gone home - I felt like I deserved to try to stick it out. I'm not a singer or dancer and that's not my fault - I'm trying so hard to be a model. I just felt upset about that."

America's Next Top Model Episode 7 - Annaliese, Seymone, Eboni (on table), Estelle, Sophie and Catherine

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You mentioned Laura - I have to ask about you two! What was it about you two that you just didn't get along?
"That starts in casting week. There's something that they didn't show on the show. I'm extremely phobic about the middle spot on my arm and I know everyone laughs about that and it's crazy, like I can't get blood drawn there. I have to have it in my hand. It's a huge phobia. So they told me I had to get blood drawn and I started freaking out, crying, because I was like, 'I can't do this'. I asked if they could do it in my hand and they were like, 'No, we have to do it in the middle spot of your arm'. So that's why I was crying and stuff, and I was with a few of the other girls who didn't make it onto the show and Laura started laughing at me. From then I was like, 'OK, I'm not going to like her, if she makes it on the show, me and her are just not going to click'. So as time progressed, we just didn't get along - she didn't like me from the beginning.

"And with the whole situation with the teddy bear thing, I will take it to the grave that I didn't have anything to do with pushing her ear away or whatever. It's funny because on the show she claimed why she was mad at me was because I was going to drown the bear ear, but I never said that and it shows on the show I never said that. I told her many times I never said that. So I don't even really know. I don't know what her dilemma was about the whole thing because I didn't have any part of ripping the ear off the bear, throwing it in the pool. She never let it go, she just held it against me and that was there the whole time. She just didn't like me."

It's just one of those things, I guess, where you don't get along.
"Yeah. Because I tried multiple times to talk to her about it because I didn't know why she was so angry with me in the first place, and she always just didn't say anything. She never said anything to my face. So when I was watching the show and all the stuff came out of her talking about me in confessionals and stuff, I wasn't shocked because I knew she didn't like me, but I was appalled because I didn't know why she wouldn't say it to my face."

Another big thing for you in the show was you thinking about walking out of the show a couple weeks ago. Are you glad you stuck it out or do you wish you'd left then?
"No, I definitely am so glad I stuck it out. I just had a weak moment - not being able to talk to your parents, all the stress behind closed doors, not being able to sleep, and you're with these girls all day long. It just kind of wore me down a little bit. But I'm definitely glad I didn't leave - I had so many more amazing opportunities from that and I'm happy I didn't leave!"

America's Next Top Model Episode 7 - Kyle

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Some of the other models mentioned, this week in particular, that they thought you wanted to go home and they deserved to stay over you because of that. So I guess you don't think that's fair?
"No, that's not fair, because I told the girls - we have this little judging room when the judges are deliberating - and I had talked to the girls and I was like, 'Well, I came here to be America's next top model and I can't let anything else distract me from that', and I was like, 'I'm going to stay - yeah, I had a moment of weakness but I'm still pushing through and I'm not going to give up now, now I'm just going to try my best'. And I do believe from that point I did try really hard, I tried to give it my all. And then when the music video came round and I was in the bottom two with Az, I definitely thought I was going home that week because that's Az's field. Az is a dancer and she's a singer so I thought for sure I was going home."

You got another week though - that's good!
"Yeah! And Estelle - Estelle is awesome."

I wanted to ask you about Estelle! Did you have fun with her?
"Yeah, she was so nice. She was holding a pie on my butt at one point and we were, like, bopping! It was fun. I wish they would have shown that. It was a fun little jokey moment between us. She's so nice and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet her."

And what was it like working with the young girls on the PSA?
"It was so fun! They paired us up with a little girl that was kind of like our personality, and my little girl was so sweet. She reminded me a lot of myself. When I was in high school I was the tallest girl - it's awful being the tallest girl in high school! She had the same problem - she was like 5'7" and I think 14, so she was really tall. We talked a lot about that and I told her she needed to be a model because she was beautiful - she had green eyes, dark skin, long brown hair - so I told her not to let that work against her, 'Don't listen to what anybody says because you're you'. It was fun. Actually, they didn't show Laura's little girl and Seymone's little girl, they both were with me the whole time. They loved me, so I felt really honoured about that. They were always at my side hugging me, so I was really happy about that!"

Going back to the photoshoot, some of the other girls got annoyed about the padding you mentioned earlier. Do you think their complaints were fair?
"No, no, definitely not. I think I got a really bad edit in that because the whole thing with the booty tooch that I got was because none of the dresses fit me. I tried on every single dress on that rack with our stylist and all of them were hanging off me because I was the smallest girl in the house. Even extra small didn't fit. So the red dress, when I got that they put the booty in and the fake boobs because it was about accentuating the booty tooch and I wasn't able to do that with the clothes hanging off me. That was the whole reason behind that. I thought it was really funny because the girls and I were joking about it - I was like, 'Oh, I look like Kim Kardashian' and walking around with my fake booty, and we were laughing about it. So to see they were so mad about me getting that was kind of funny."

ANTM Brit Invasion Episode 5 - 'Beverly Johnson' - Kyle

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We've seen the rivalry between the UK girls and US girls - is that rivalry real, or sort of for the cameras?
"Well, in the beginning it was definitely US vs UK, but then as time went on I think Eboni and Laura kind of bonded more with the UK girls. And the US girls just didn't get along - all of them just didn't really get along, so the US just kind of fell apart. We weren't as big on the rivalry with the UK."

What about when you left - was there anyone you were hoping would win the show?
"Yeah, I hope that Eboni and Seymone go far. I was watching the preview for Seymone next week and it looks like she has a tough week, so I hope they're not messing with her too bad. What they didn't show was Seymone got picked on a lot too - a lot of the girls didn't like Seymone. I'm excited to see next week's episode and see how they were towards her because I'm not sure."

We saw you say this week that you and Seymone were friends because you both got picked on - was she who you were closest to in the house?
"I was closest to Mariah at first - me and Mariah just clicked and we're still best friends to this day. I was really close with Mariah. And I was close with Candace, and then me and Candace kind of grew apart. And then definitely me and Seymone were friends the whole entire time. I was closest to her at that point, definitely."

What was your favourite moment from the show?
"I think my favourite moment would be when we dressed up as baby dolls and got to meet the Jenners. I thought that was so cool, because I mean, everyone looks up to the Jenners and the Kardashians and stuff. To meet Kris and Kendall and Kylie was the biggest honour to me in the world, especially to shoot with them, so I was really excited about that. And then I also liked the hydraulic car shoot - that was really fun."

Were you a fan of the Jenners beforehand?
"Yeah, I love them. I love Kendall and Kylie - I follow them both on Instagram and I look at their pictures all the time. They're beautiful. I mean, who doesn't love the Jenners and the Kardashians? So it was so cool to actually have a picture with them that I could frame in my apartment, so I'm really excited about that."

America's Next Top Model British Invasion - Episode 4 (J. Alexander) - Kyle

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What's next for you? Do you want to keep modelling?
"Yeah, I definitely want to keep modelling. Me and my fiancé are actually having a baby - I'm pregnant right now! And then afterwards I plan on snapping back in shape and then going to New York and booking some jobs, kind of like Jessica Serfaty from America's Next Top Model - she had a baby and she still continues to model, so kind of something like that. And maybe doing acting too."

Congratulations on the pregnancy! Is there any acting in particular you'd like to do?
"No, I just kind of want to try it out a little bit. It seems neat. I feel like maybe I could do it and go to a few classes and see how good I am! So we'll see how that goes."

But you have no dreams to pursue a music career?!
"Oh, no no no no no! I am not a singer or dancer at all! I was a cheerleader in high school so I'm very tight with my cheerleader moves. So doing the music video, when we were doing all those roles and stuff, I was kind of just like, I was not there! I couldn't do it. I tried so hard but I just couldn't do it!"

America's Next Top Model airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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