Survivor's Patrick Bolton Discusses His Secret Connection to Ali Elliott
Ouch. Patrick Bolton's big personality has been snuffed out on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. During our one-on-one conversation with Patrick, he revealed lots more about his secret connection with Ali years before they ever competed on Survivor together. Plus, he explained what bonehead move she made that could ultimately cost her the game.
SheKnows: You seemed shocked to be voted out. Did you have any idea it was coming?
Patrick Bolton: No idea at all. I was confident going into Tribal that I had Ryan, Devon and Ali voting with me. They did a great job at convincing me that I wasn't going home. As soon as we got back from the challenge, Lauren walked down to the beach and I asked what the vote was going to be. They said it was Lauren. They all confirmed it was Lauren. I was good. I talked to Ryan, which they didn't show, as I was Idol-hunting later that evening. I wasn't concerned that I was leaving, but just working to find an Idol. Ryan said, "Hey, you don't need to look for the Idol. Lauren is going home." He had so much sincerity in his voice. The way he looked at me told me I was not going home. I had it in my mind that I was safe. I got my throat cut.
SK: Are you still angry about it?
PB: No. My anger and my emotions came back to me last night watching it, but I'm friends with everybody from my tribe. I wish the best for them now. After I was voted off, I was not wishing them the best in their game, but that was honest emotion. I didn't want them to do well after they ruined my time there. Third home was way too early for me. I should not have gone home.
SK: Watching the show back, you're able to hear some of the things other contestants are saying about you. Some of them said you were annoying. Simone told us in our interview that you were obnoxiously waking everybody up. Were you surprised to hear how the others were talking about you?
PB: I was kind of surprised with some of the things. You telling me that I was waking people up, that's news to me now. That's the first time I've heard that. I understood that I was aggravating Lauren a little bit. I didn't think I was going to work with her, so I didn't try and cultivate that relationship. I thought if she was going home, I didn't need to waste my time. I should've spent my time with her because it ended up ruining the chances for me working with Lauren. It could've been me, Ali and Lauren voting out somebody else. I didn't work that connection. If I had, I could still be playing right now, which I totally regret. I definitely want to take the most out of everybody's opinion and what everybody thinks I can work on. I want to be a better person. I try to be better every day. I want to be able to help others and not negatively affect their outlook on me. I want people to enjoy my company and not adversely say I'm annoying to be around. Part of that is just being near somebody 24/7. Lauren probably could easily handle me in moderation. Everything in excess can be bad. I, in excess for Lauren, was a bad thing.
SK: You actually went into the game having a connection with Ali that stretches back several years because you went to college together. What were you thinking when you saw her show up to compete on Survivor?
PB: I was just bewildered thinking both of us somehow signed up for the same season of Survivor. Both of us somehow ended up on the same tribe on Survivor. That's absolutely nuts to think that could even happen. When I first saw Ali, I saw her in LA right before we flew to Fiji. My jaw hit the floor. I was thinking there was no chance we are actually playing Survivor together. I knew she lived in California and I thought she just happened to be working in the area and was in our hotel by coincidence. Nope, she was actually with our group. I knew production had alternates to possibly take my position, so I said nothing of it. I learned later that Ali told everyone [in production] as soon as she saw me. "I know this guy. It's no longer strangers because we have past relations. We lived down the street from each other. We went to the same college." It's crazy. Thirty-thousand people at Auburn University, and we lived down the street from each other. I actually helped Ali move into her apartment. I was close friends with her.
SK: Did you guys keep it a secret from the other castaways?
PB: I revealed that to nobody. No one while we played together knew that. Ali told the rest of our group once the tribe swap happened. She let everybody know, which I don't know if that was the best idea for Ali. It shows everybody else that they can't trust her because she didn't tell them the truth from day one. They should be able to understand her reasoning for that, but I don't think it would've helped either of us if people knew.
SK: Did that previous relationship give you both an instant alliance?
PB: For sure. I looked at Ali as someone I could trust. We could lean on each other. I wanted to work with her. I thought it would be easy, and I didn't have to put too much time in it because we knew each other. I said, "Let's watch out for each other. I've got your back. If anything comes up I'll let you know. Look out for me. Please tell me if somebody's gonna vote me out, Ali." She didn't do that. She asked me later, "If I told you that you were going home, would you have blown up?" I was like, "For sure, I would've blown up. I would have been trying to change as much as a could in the last few seconds when I had time to talk to everyone." I could've spoiled her game, though. I understand.
SK: Of those left on the Hustlers tribe, who does not deserve to win?
PB: I don't want to say none of them deserve it. Lauren is a hard worker. Ali is a hard worker. Honestly, I think everybody has potential to win from my tribe. They're all great candidates. Who would I want not to win? Lauren because she outed me. Why would I wish her to win $1 million when she's the one that took it away from me? I do not want Lauren to win. I'm also very frustrated at Ali and Ryan for voting me out. I thought we were tight, and they ripped it right out of my arms. I should not have gone home third.
SK: Who is running the show on the Hustlers tribe?
PB: Ryan is in charge. I think he's playing very well, and I don't think people realize it. He's definitely the one calling the shots. He's got Devon under his arm. Devon may not realize it, but he's being like a puppet.
SK: How did you get on the show?
PB: My sister and I actually wanted to be a part of The Amazing Race and talked about it during Thanksgiving when we were at home. Our video got a callback with the possibility to be on the show Survivor. I watched the show. I was a small fan, not a large one. As soon as I got the opportunity, I realized that would be also an amazing experience. It has been more so than I had even hoped for. I binge-watched a lot of episodes and a lot of seasons. I probably finished a season in one day.