No onerous emotions. Christian Birkenberger and Alyssa Lopez fashioned a connection this summer season within the Big Brother 23 home – however quickly realized, as soon as they bought again into the actual world, they’re higher off mates.
The budding actor, 23, and Molliebird swimwear designer, 24, got here to the mutual determination to separate solely 48 hours after they made issues official after the season finale, Us Weekly can completely reveal.
“Christian and I are just friends,” Alyssa tells Us of their present relationship standing. “We realize leaving the show that I have a career and he has to focus on his career, and we have barely any time to hang out with friends. So, having a relationship just isn’t something that we’re able to do.”
Christian echoed that in the course of the joint interview, saying, “We just decided friends was probably a safer alternative for both of us, for now at least.”
They hinted on the breakup when the Connecticut native tweeted on October 2, “What does Chrisalyss & Wet cement have in common…? It only lasts 48hrs,” together with two laughing emojis.
It was really a tweet they crafted collectively. “We wanted to make it funny,” Alyssa says. “We were on the plane giggling about it.” (They later realized it could have been complicated to followers.)
Once they determined to stay mates, the pair say “the pressure was gone” and that they had enjoyable simply hanging out collectively. Still, neither is able to rule out potential for one thing occurring down the highway.
“We’re not closing that door because you never know what could happen and you should never close the door with anyone, I don’t think, because who knows what could happen,” the Florida tells Us. “But, as of right now, we are just strictly friends.”
Christian provides, “We talk every day. We are best friends, but no one can predict the future.”
Scroll all the way down to learn our unique interview with Christian and Alyssa, together with what they are saying about their friendships with Xavier…
Us Weekly: So what’s the standing of your relationship in the present day?
Alyssa Lopez: So, proper now, Christian and I are simply mates. We notice leaving the present that I’ve a career and he has to deal with his career, and we’ve barely any time to hang around with mates. So, having a relationship simply isn’t one thing that we’re capable of do.
Christian Birkenberger: With the lengthy distance and the whole lot, we thought it could be simpler to not should attempt and work by means of that. Because it could be extra sophisticated and find yourself hurting us in the long term. So we simply determined mates was most likely a safer different for each of us, for now no less than.
Us: So, you got here to the choice collectively. It wasn’t one individual.
AL: It was a mutual determination. We talked about it in Florida when he visited.
Us: You had an apparent connection in the home. Did you are feeling stress to make it work as soon as you bought out of the home?
AL: It wasn’t like “it has to work.” It was extra so me being in there locked away for thus lengthy and popping out and not simply me and Christian being within the relationship. The proven fact that there’s a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals being within the relationship too and eager to know our each transfer, that was very new to me and form of overwhelming. So, if there’s something that’s going to occur sooner or later, him and I simply need it to be him and I. So, proper now, that’s why with the whole lot happening, mates is finest finest. And it’s been actually working nicely. We’ve been actually having fun with hanging out for Halloween and the whole lot. We simply need that to be one thing that’s non-public.
Us: Christian was very supportive on social media when you had been in jury. That should have been good to see?
AL: It was very nice as a result of I wasn’t certain what he was considering whereas I used to be locked away. I saved saying on the dwell feeds, “Oh, is he at ladies night?” or something. I noticed all of it and it was very nice to know that, for certain. You’re my largest fan, proper?
CB: I used to be! Still am.
Us: When did you guys resolve to interrupt up? What’s the timeline there with the tweet and the whole lot…
AL: It’s really a extremely shaggy dog story.
CB: The timeline of all of it. … Before I left, we talked about how are we gonna deal with issues exterior the home. And we each form of got here to the conclusion that we perhaps ought to date instantly after the present as a result of it might be too onerous to proceed speaking being so far-off. So, we determined to this point instantly after the present. I confirmed up on finale evening.
AL: Which was a mutual settlement, each of us.
CB: So I confirmed up with my guidelines of issues to do: the cheeseburger with out cheese and roses. I confirmed up like we talked about, and we made it official that evening. And at that time, I’d been out of the home for, like, two months.
AL: And I used to be out for quarter-hour.
CB: I used to be nonetheless adjusting. I wasn’t again to regular. And she was out for quarter-hour. It was only a lot happening, and we actually tried to – inside these two days of us being an official couple – make issues work and to see how issues went, however it wasn’t the identical because it was on the present as a result of it’s not the identical setting because it was on the present. So we rapidly realized that and we determined within the airport.
AL: We had been on the airport really, heading to Florida. He was identical to, “Oh, should we just not date right now?” And we each agreed. And as quickly as he mentioned that, we had been again to regular, joking round, laughing nonstop. He got here to Florida with me.
CB: We had a good time.
AL: With all my mates and household, we had a lot enjoyable as a result of the stress was gone. We had been in a position to hang around like we had been in the home as a result of we weren’t technically relationship in the home both. And I used to be capable of nonetheless regulate, and get again to actuality, and see my mates and household and not have that stress of it. We needed to announce it as a result of everybody thought we had been relationship nonetheless. But clearly, with us, we needed to make it form of humorous.
CB: Yeah, so the tweet… identical to cement… (laughs)
AL: Our relationship solely lasted 48 hours as a result of we solely dated for 48 hours earlier than we broke up. (laughs). So we needed to make it humorous. What sucked although is he made that tweet and then we went on the airplane. So we had no service!
CB: Not deliberately, however we understood after how that may very well be complicated for everybody contemplating I simply tweeted, “Hey, Chrisalyss is over.” So let me return to her hometown together with her, hang around and have a superb time.
AL: People don’t notice how shut we’re anyway. Like, him coming again to Florida despite the fact that he simply broke up, it was one of the best factor we might have completed.
CB: It was as a result of we mentioned – even once I was evicted – I keep in mind Alyssa in her message, she mentioned, “You’re my best friend inside the house and I hope you’re my best friend outside the house.” And that caught with us as a result of that hasn’t modified in any respect.
Us: That is sensible now. Yeah, it was onerous to inform that Alyssa was in on the tweet too.
CB: We had been actually sitting on the airplane determining this tweet collectively.
AL: We had been on the airplane laughing about it. It was so humorous.
CB: Like, “Should we do it? Should we post it?”
AL: We’re, like, cracking up about us breaking apart as one of the best factor we might’ve completed. And we’re laughing and individuals round us on the airport are most likely like, “What the f—k is going on? Enjoying a breakup right now?” We most likely regarded loopy, however no matter.
CB: It’s what we would have liked and we undoubtedly don’t remorse it.
Us: So it’s good Christian flew out for the finale so that you guys might kind by means of that.
CB: Yes. I feel each of us are understanding. I feel each of us assume that the whole lot occurs for a motive. And so I flew out and the whole lot that was imagined to occur occurred, and it’s for the higher.
Us: Is there potential down the highway or is that off the desk proper now?
AL: Right now, we’re simply mates. We’re not closing that door since you by no means know what might occur and you need to by no means shut the door with anybody, I don’t assume, as a result of who is aware of what might occur. But, as of proper now, we’re simply strictly mates. But we’re like finest mates, finest buddies.
CB: We discuss day by day. We are finest mates. But, nobody can predict the longer term. I feel that’s just about what we’re making an attempt to say.
AL: We don’t need to say, “No, it can’t happen.”
CB: And the very last thing we need to do is say, “Yeah, the potential is there.” Then we put ourselves in a scenario the place the stress’s again on.
AL: Yeah, we’re simply hanging as mates proper now.
Us: How did the remainder of the cast react?
AL: I don’t assume they had been shocked.
CB: Yeah, they actually weren’t.
AL: They know we’re on reverse sides of the U.S. He has a career with modeling and performing, and I’ve a business to run. There’s simply no time for it, even when we actually needed to attempt.
CB: I feel we are able to each snort about it, however it was too good in the home. I feel each single individual in the home was like, “All right, this is some type of honeymoon phase s—t.” And it was. In the home, it was good. And that’s not essentially how life is. Life isn’t good.
AL: In the home, the most important duty is voting somebody out each week. You don’t have household and mates and companies, and issues like that, which can be all included. And me popping out of the home a lot later, and proper off the bat with this Chrisalyss, and all these items, it was quite a bit.
CB: I feel it’s protected to say individuals had been way more shocked to see DX [Derek Xiao] and Claire [Rehfuss] collectively than they had been to see ….
AL: …Us break up (laughs).
CB: Yeah, than to see us break up. It sucks to say. It’s unlucky, however that’s the best way the cookie crumbles.
Us: Speaking of, what did you guys consider Derek and Claire’s information? Alyssa, I do know you had been roommates together with her in jury so that you knew.
CB: Alyssa wing-womaned it.
AL: Honestly, that they had such a superb friendship in the home. They bonded actually, rather well, identical to Christian and I did. But they by no means went to that stage, ever, however you might simply inform they had been finest mates and that’s the place one of the best relationships come from. So, I wasn’t shocked. And then, in jury, I used to be the wingman. I’m their third wheel, their designated third wheel. I used to be most likely the least shocked as a result of I knew about it. But, once they’re collectively, they’re simply finest mates and that’s one of the best relationship you possibly can have.
CB: I used to be simply as shocked as you guys as a result of I didn’t see it in the home in any respect, moreover the truth that they clearly had only a real good friend connection. I didn’t see the romance facet of it in any respect. And so, on finale evening, once I met up with Alyssa, that’s one of many first issues she let me know. She was like, “You’ll never guess.” And then I came upon and I used to be simply as shocked as all people.
AL: They weren’t romantic in our home. But when she informed me they had been having emotions within the jury, I wasn’t shocked due to how sturdy their friendship was. They’re the cutest.
CB: They are.
AL: They are so cute.
Us: Alyssa, the place do you stand with Xavier? He had a crush on you in the home and I’m certain followers are curious. Is that awkward in any respect?
AL: What individuals don’t perceive is – I imply, particularly with our cast. Our cast is so shut. Christian and X had been my No. 1 allies in the home, and my finest mates in the home, and who I talked to probably the most. I don’t know if individuals simply want me to be in some sort of relationship or one thing, however everybody in that home, I’m strictly mates with, identical to Christian. X and I are simply actually, actually good mates as nicely. I imply, when Christian left, I adopted X round, I used to be like his shadow (laughs). I simply adopted him round in all places as a result of I had nobody else to hang around with. Not actually although. But no, we’re simply mates.
CB: The situation with social media is that everybody can take it nonetheless method they need. Especially with all eyes on you, it’s one thing so simple as Alyssa is chilly, for instance, and I gave her my sweatshirt. When somebody sees that, it’s like, “Oh s—t, they must be together.” No, she’s my good friend and she’s chilly. Am I imagined to let her undergo?
AL: Which we’d do with anybody. I imply, I informed Christian, I used to be like, “We can’t be upset that persons are eager to dig into it as a result of we’re those that bought in a showmance on a TV present. So, in fact persons are gonna ask. And that’s why I used to be glad that you simply truthfully messaged us about doing this. So we might form of clear the air as a result of there’s questions nonstop. But everyone seems to be simply so, so shut. X and Christian are simply my finest mates from the home.
Us: Christian, you and X at all times had a superb relationship too.
CB: Oh, my gosh. I imply, X and I had one of the best relationship. We nonetheless do. I’m so comfortable I used to be capable of spend a lot time with him this weekend as a result of I felt like in L.A., he was nonetheless so wrapped up within the present. Although it ended, because the winner, I didn’t even get to actually hang around with him. And so that is the primary time I actually bought to benefit from the time, identical to it was in the home. That was my boy. He nonetheless is my boy. I missed him.
AL: That’s the showmance. Everyone’s asking if I’m relationship Christian or X, they’re relationship one another.
CB: Yeah, how about me and X?
Us: Alyssa, inform me about your swimwear line, Molliebird. What are you engaged on lately?
AL: Ever since I bought again house, I’ve been simply grinding at my office for MollieBird and engaged on the following assortment that we’re hopefully launching quickly. Just getting again within the swing of issues and being again on the office, and simply taking it day-to-day. We simply did a brand new picture shoot. There’s going to be a bunch of recent pictures popping out with that. I’m simply getting enthusiastic about launching the following assortment.
CB: I noticed, it’s good! Be ready.
Us: And how about you Christian? I noticed some modeling photographs!
AL: Some booty pics (laughs)!
CB: Yeah (laughs). I used to be modeling earlier than the present and I’m going to proceed to mannequin, however my main focus has at all times been performing. I’m hoping that with somewhat bit extra recognition that I’ve from this present, I’m hoping with my staff that we’re capable of put it to use and work towards a much bigger career in performing. That’s at all times been my focus, particularly movie. We bought the suitable staff behind us to make it occur. Just like something, it comes all the way down to time.
Us: Are you guys completed with actuality TV or would you do Big Brother once more?
AL: I might do Big Brother once more. I’m a superfan of Big Brother and I went so far as I probably might. I like the present, so I wouldn’t ever need to flip down any sort of alternative, particularly on the subject of my favourite TV present. So, I might do it once more. Would you do it once more?
CB: I’d wish to not be pre-jury once more. So if I come again, that’s my aim. Survive another week. I may very well be per week six nominee and I’ll be comfortable. I might 100% come again. I’m fairly certain I made it clear on the present, or I’ve mentioned it a number of occasions within the present, that my application was taken from Survivor. So I might love the chance to be on Survivor. Like how Alyssa feels about Big Brother – in fact, Big Brother will at all times be particular to me – however that’s how I’m with Survivor. I’ve that superfan reference to Survivor. So I’m hoping to have that chance at some point, however we’ll see.
Us: I really feel like The Challenge might be calling you guys.
AL: I like The Challenge. I feel I might suck at it although (laughs), truthfully. I feel I’d be too scared to do sure issues. Big Brother, these comps are method, method simpler than The Challenge. But once more, I wouldn’t need to flip down any sort of alternative. I’ve by no means seen Survivor. I’ve seen The Challenge, so I really feel like I might do The Challenge if requested as a result of I’m form of accustomed to it. That can be cool if I did it with Christian, or me, Christian and X. I feel that’d be superior.
CB: Me and X mentioned it. Me and X undoubtedly would…
AL: What about me?!
CB: That’s the primary time you ever mentioned it to me!
AL: Yes, I did! The Challenge?!
CB: That’d be actually superior. I feel I must do one thing somewhat extra bodily. My social sport was probably not one of the best on Big Brother (laughs), so if I can get on a extra bodily present, I feel I might have a greater probability.