Another interview he did with Out Impact:
Stephen Schulman recently spoke with Big Brother star, Steven Daigle, the popular out hottie from this past season 10. Steven talks candidly about how Big Brother changed his life, one of the biggest compliments he’s received from fans and his experience in gay rodeo:
Stephen Schulman: Steven, thanks so much for doing this interview with Out Impact today. I am a huge fan of the show and was very sad to see you leave the house early on in the competition.
I thought you were funny, charming and a great new role model for the gay community. You weren’t the typical catty, queeny gay guy that a lot of TV producers like to showcase on TV. You were masculine, confident, and refreshing to watch.
Why were you voted out? Do you think being gay influenced that? Why was Jesse so threatened by you in the house? There were rumors of his sexuality. What do you think of the rumors?
Steven Diagle: I was voted off because of my alliance with Brian and the house decided I should go out because I was so close with him. In all honesty, the gay thing never was an issue in the house, if anyone had a problem with it they kept it hidden. I am not sure why Jesse was threatened, other than maybe he saw me as a threat competition wise. I honestly believe that Jesse is not gay, he has made some bad choices posing for pictures that are obviously gay themed, but in my opinion they are simply rumors.
SS: What made you audition for the show? Were you a fan of the show?
SD: Of course the money was a factor, but more then anything I am always up for a new adventure and a challenge. I was not really a big fan of the show, although I did watch most of season 8.
SS: Did you have a strategy going into the game?
SD: I really can’t say I had a strategy, I wanted to go in the house and get on everyone’s good side and go from there. It was probably part of my downfall because I learned getting along with people in the house obviously isn’t anyone else’s goal.
SS: Were you surprised to see Libra leave last night? Do you think the houseguests made the right move by evicting her?
SD: I was not surprised at all, I knew as soon as Libra went on the block she would be going home. Game play aside, she is just really hard to live with and causes a tremendous amount of tension. I know everyone was ready to get her out in order to maybe make the house a little less stressful.
SS: Who do you think Renny will nominate for eviction? Do you think it will be the couple April and Olie on the chopping block?
SD: I really think Renny is probably going to put up April and Jerry, and the if one of them is taken off, I would guess Ollie would be the one put up next.
SS: Who are you pulling for to win? Are you allowed to tell us?
SD: I am allowed, and I would really like to see Dan win. He is a really good hearted person and I really think he is playing a good game!
SS: Who were you closest to in the house? Were you upset that Angie turned on you? Was there anyone in the house that you didn’t care for? Give us the dirt.
SD: It is hard to say who I was closer to, Angie or Keesha, I spent a lot of time with both of them. I don’t think it is fair to say that Angie “turned” on me, we were both close with each other, but we never really had an official alliance. Angie did what was best for herself, she had already made an alliance and her alliance wanted me out, she didn’t have a choice. In the house I have to say Jerry was the most annoying, the generation gap is so wide it is really hard for him to understand much of what is going on. He was always confused and when he got confused he would then get angry, but the worst part was that he was so sure everyone just loved him and he would tell us all the time “everyone just loves me,” it really got on my nerves. It was also really awkward when he would pull his teeth out and brush them in the sink next to me.
SS: What’s the gay scene like in Dallas?
SD: The gay scene in Dallas is great. We have some really good bars and restaurants in the gay part of town. There really is a large population of gays in Dallas which always makes for diversity and good times.
SS: This being Out Impact, we have to ask if there are any non-profits that you support?
SD: I am a huge supporter of Gay Rodeo which operates as a regular rodeo would, however the ultimate goal is to raise money for charity. Each association chooses its local charity to support. Anyone interested in finding out more about the rodeo can read about them at www.igra.com
SS: How has Big Brother changed your life? Have you gotten a new truck yet?
SD: Big Brother has certainly brought me a lot of attention which is a life changing factor. Although by no means am I any kind of celebrity, but I do get noticed in public by fans which is still a little strange and hard to get used to. I was never aware of how big the online following is for Big Brother. I am working on a truck right now, a friend that works for a Ford Dealership is getting me a good deal and I hope have some wheels by next week.
SS: According to the CBS website for the show you are single, but on your MySpace you are in a relationship. I am sure our readers are eager to know which is true? And if you can share any more about that special man in your life.
SD: I had just started a relationship before I left for the show and I was hoping things would work out when I got home, however the stress of the show was just too much and unfortunately things didn’t work. He is a really great guy and I do miss him, but I am officially single now.
SS: What projects are you currently working on? We know you are still heavily involved in the gay rodeo. How did you get started in the rodeo?
SD: The biggest project I am working on now is just getting my life back in a working order, getting a car and a place to live. I was always a huge fan of rodeo and when I was about 21, I had a buddy of mine that rides bulls ask if I wanted to go with him to a rodeo and get on a bull. I jumped on the chance, rode my first bull and have been addicted ever since. I did straight rodeos, for fun not professionally, for about 4 years then I found the gay rodeo and have been heavily involved ever since.
SS: Have you had any fan input since you’ve been on Big Brother?
SD: I get a lot of questions from fans wanting to know who I root for or who my favorite is, I am always happy to share my opinion.
SS: We know you opened up Dan’s eyes regarding gay people. Do you think you made a positive impact in the house being gay?
SD: One of the biggest compliments I get from fans in the gay community is “thanks for representing us well.” That makes me so happy to hear that, I was a little nervous before I went on TV because I knew I could possibly be a role model or example for the gay community and I wanted to make a good showing. I was shocked when I got out and realized that most of the gay fans were very proud of my portrayal of a gay man on TV, they just wish I had stayed a little longer.
SS: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
SD: I again would like to ask everyone to check out www.igra.com
and if there is a rodeo in your town please stop by and show some support.