Marley, the winner of Big Brother, reveals who he intends to share the prize with.
Marley Biyendolo has been crowned the 2021 Big Brother winner, defeating Sarah ‘SJ’ Adams and Christina Poyoldan in the final two houseguests.
Marley’s victory came during Tuesday night’s live grand finale, which could go head to head despite some COVID restrictions. Several housemates were unable to make the trip to Sydney for the finale, but were able to participate virtually.
“Unfortunately, due to the conditions, we were unable to party together and were forced to wear masks backstage,” Marley told 7NEWS.com.au following his win.
“However, I am confident that when the time is right, we will have a large reunion and celebration.”
Despite the subdued celebrations, nothing could overshadow Marley’s victory, with the 26-year-old admitting he came dangerously close to passing out when his name was read.
“When Sonia read my name out, it felt surreal; I thought I was going to pass out,” Marley admitted.
Sharing is being kind.
While Marley returns home with life-changing money, SJ and Christina do not.
SJ previously told 7NEWS.com.au that Marley would not walk away empty-handed if she won. As a result, has he considered splitting the prize money with his fellow finalists?
“I would gladly do anything for SJ and Christina; nothing has been agreed upon in advance, but I would gladly assist them,” Marley revealed.
“At some point down the line, I will spoil them in some way – they are just as deserving of winning Big Brother as I am, and I want to ensure they feel spoiled.”
Despite widespread admiration for his high moral character, not everyone believed Marly was a man of his word.
Ari claimed in an interview with 7NEWS.com.au that Marley had withdrawn from a top-three deal the night before the final challenge.
Given Marley’s victory in Big Brother, we felt it was only right to allow him to clear the air.
“I saw the article [on 7NEWS], so allow me to explain; near the end of the game, Ari was scrambling around, attempting his infamous pinky promise to me,” Marley explained.
“I dashed into the Diary Room to inform Big Brother that I was attempting to avoid Ari; I even informed Big Brother that I was unable to proceed with the deal because I knew that if I won, I would eliminate Ari.”
“Ari was risking his life to secure this top-three deal, but it never materialized; it was too little, too late because I knew I couldn’t trust him.”
Priority is given to family
Marley wanted nothing more than to celebrate the victory with his father, Clotaire, during last night’s finale.
“We had a few private moments, but there was so much energy and so many people that I don’t believe it has yet hit us,” Marley explained.
Marley intends to use the funds to assist his father in reviving his fashion business, which has struggled financially in recent years.
“He is overjoyed and grateful that I am able to assist him, and I know my mother was watching over us last night.”
The basketball player for the Dandenong Rangers also called his girlfriend Lynn Williams, a professional soccer player in the United States.
“That was the most emotional phone call I’ve ever had; Lynn has been so proud of me, and she was fighting back tears,” Marley laughed.
“I cannot express my gratitude to her for everything she has done for my family and me; she was up at 5 a.m. [in the United States] with her teammates to watch the finale, which was incredible to have their support.”