A day after hard launching their new relationship, The Challenge star Emily Seebohm has detailed how she and Ryan Gallagher fell in love.
The Olympic swimmer told Yahoo Lifestyle! that her initial pairing with Ryan Gallagher helped the couple build a strong bond.
“Me and Ryan, obviously we were paired with each other first challenge, we won and we worked really well together,” she told the publication.
“Inside the game, we were just the people that could trust each other. Ryan had my back one hundred and fifty per cent and I had his back one hundred and fifty per cent, and that’s hard to find in a game where you’ve gotta lie, you’ve gotta deceive people and you’ve gotta backstab people. And we just knew that from each other we weren’t going to do that.
“And that’s something that doesn’t come easy in life either, having someone that you can trust one hundred and fifty per cent.”
However, despite their closeness on The Challenge, Emily said they never hooked up during filming.
“After the show, we both met up in Argentina and we decided to go travelling together and yeah, we’ve kind of been inseparable since the show,” she continues.
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“I’m super happy. I know I didn’t win the show, but I definitely feel like I won… We’re saying it’s love.”
While Emily met her match in Ryan through The Challenge, the former I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here contestant told the publication that she struggled with the strong alliances that formed on the show.
“It’s hard because it definitely feels very personal when you’re in a game where people don’t want you in the game,” she says.
“That was really hard personally because everyone’s like, ‘Don’t take it personally, it’s a massive compliment’. And yeah, I understand that it is, but also understand that you’re telling someone that you don’t want them around. That can easily hurt people’s feelings. And for me, it’s more than a game too so you’ve got to remember that people’s emotions are tied up in it.
“I think for me, I got so caught up in it being so personal that I probably don’t feel like I should let that go. I don’t know, that’s just me personally.”
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