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EXCLUSIVE! Big Brother's Tully talks lesbian backlash since dating Drew ... and how she realised 'I'm not so gay'

EXCLUSIVE! Tully talks lesbian backlash since dating Drew ... and how she realised 'I'm not so gay'
Tully and Drew last night at the Xbox One launch at Luna Park, Sydney.
Steve Orr

If there's one Big Brother contestant who knows how to get tongues wagging, it's Tully Smyth.

With 188,000 Instagram followers and 72,000 Twitter followers, it's fair to say that the 26-year-old Sydneysider has a few fans. She also has a few enemies — largely thanks to that affair with fellow housemate Anthony "Drew" Drew while she had a girlfriend on the outside.

TheFIX's Adam Bub caught up with Tully this week when she returned to the Big Brother house for a special Ambi Pur event, more than seven weeks since she first left the house. Tully set the record straight on life with Drew and why she went into the house saying she was a "lesbian" and came out "not so gay".

"Before I came on the show I felt as if, and it comes from me being a control freak and me being just who I am as a person, I want to have a nice little label to tie me up with," Tully tells TheFIX. "If the show's taught me nothing, it's taught me that sometimes it's just not that black and white. And sometimes things are grey.

"It's actually been really funny in a way for me to have to come to terms with the fact that maybe I'm not so gay."

The backlash from parts of the lesbian community was the most surprising part of the experience, according to Tully.

"I think that the lesbian community saw a non-stereotypical lesbian in a long-term relationship and they wanted to make me this new posterchild for marriage equality and all the bigger greater things, and that's fine, but I never said I was going to be that person," Tully reveals.

"I was quite open with my sexuality, I was quite open with the fact that I'd been with men and women before ... [and] that my eyes were being opened to guys who weren't jerks. I was very honest about that, so I think to come out and have the lesbian community up in arms and wanting to stone me to death, it's been pretty disappointing.

"I just don't understand, they talk about how they're all-encompassing and welcoming and if you decide to switch back all of a sudden you're disowned."

Drew and Tully, dubbed "Drully" on the show, are currently taking things slow now that they're off TV.

"We have been hanging out," she says. "Obviously now that we're away from the cameras and the house we're just trying to figure out if there is anything post-Big Brother life."

Tully, who has a journalism degree, hopes to get into presenting, while Drew wants to pursue acting. However, there's "no plans yet" for him to move from Melbourne to Sydney, Tully says.


TheFIX's Adam Bub with Tully at the Ambi Pur event; Tully with ex-housemate Ben Zabel and 2012 BB runner-up Layla Subritzky.

Related: Our chat with Drew at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire red carpet this week...

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