Big Brother Australia 2021 Winner Announced: Marley Biyendolo wins $250,000 “I thought I was going to faint!”
Marley Biyendolo has been crowned the 2021 Big Brother winner after beating out the final two housemates, Sarah ‘SJ’ Adams and Christina Poyoldan.
The 26-year-old basketballer was the hot favourite to take out the title, and the Melbourne-born disability worker now goes home $250,000 richer,
Marley’s victory came during Tuesday night’s live grand finale, which could go head despite some COVID restrictions. Several housemates were unable to travel to Sydney for the finale but joined proceedings virtually.
“Due to the conditions, we couldn’t really party together, and we had to wear masks backstage, unfortunately,” Marley told 7NEWS.com.au following his win.
“But I am sure when we can, we will have a big reunion and a celebration.”
Despite the subdued celebrations, nothing could dampen Marley’s victory, with the 26-year-old admitting he very nearly passed out when his name was read.
“When Sonia read my name out, it just didn’t feel real; I thought I was going to faint,” admitted Marley.
“It was a moment that I will cherish forever.”
Sharing is caring
While Marley goes home with life-changing money, the same can’t be said for SJ and Christina.
Earlier in the week, SJ told 7NEWS.com.au that Marley wouldn’t be going home empty-handed if she won. So has he considered sharing some of the price money with his fellow finalists?
“I would love to do anything for SJ and Christina, nothing has been agreed beforehand or anything, but I would love to help them,” revealed Marley.
“I will be spoiling them one way or another at some point down the track – they’re just as deserving of winning Big Brother as I am, and I want to make sure they feel spoiled.”
Marley hits back
Despite being universally liked for his high morals, not everyone believed Marly was a man of his word.
In an interview with 7NEWS.com.au, Ari claimed that Marley had backed out of a top-three pact the night before the final challenge.
Given Marley is the winner of Big Brother, we thought it was only fair to let him clear the air.
“I saw the article [on 7NEWS] so let me explain; towards the end of the game, Ari was scrambling around, and he was trying his infamous pinky promise to me,” said Marley.
“I ran into the Diary Room to talk to Big Brother and let him know that I was trying to avoid Ari; I even told Big Brother I couldn’t go through with the deal because I knew that if I won, I’d get rid of Ari.”
“Ari was scrambling for his life to lock in this top three pact, but honestly, it never went down; it was too little too late because I knew I couldn’t trust him.”
Family comes first
With emotions running high during last night’s finale, all Marley wanted to do was enjoy the win with his father, Clotaire.
“We had a few private moments, but there was so much energy and so many people, but I don’t think it’s hit us just yet,” said Marley.
Marley plans to use the money to help save his dad’s fashion business which has suffered financially over the last few years.
“He is so happy and grateful that I can help him, and I know my mum was just shining down on us last night.”
The Dandenong Rangers basketball player also called his girlfriend Lynn Williams, a professional soccer player in the United States.
“That was my most emotional phone call, Lynn has been so proud of me, and she was trying not to cry,” laughed Marley.
“I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for my family and me; she was up at 5 am [in the US] with her teammates to watch the finale, so that was amazing to have their support.”
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