There's no question that Big Brother 16 Houseguest Donny Thompson
has stolen our hearts, but there's only one woman who has stolen his. Meet Kristine
, Donny's girlfriend of two years, who tells all about the man she fell in love with before he even stepped foot into the Big Brother house. Spoiler alert: He's pretty much the same awesome guy.
How did you meet and how long have you been together?
Donny and I met at work. We both work in the Facilities (maintenance) Department. I work in the office as an Administrative Asst. and he works at the schools as a groundskeeper. We have been together about 2 years. We live and work near Charlotte Motor Speedway and a couple years ago, our department was given a bunch of tickets to the Spring NASCAR race. I was making calls to our staff to see who wanted tickets. I got to Donny’s name on the list and he said no thanks. Then, I called his partner and he told me that Donny wanted to ask me to go with him but he was scared. I told him if Donny asked me, I would go with him. But, Donny thought his buddy was messing around with him so he wouldn’t call me. At the end of the day, we still had a couple tickets left to get rid of, so I called Donny and asked if he was sure he didn’t want any. He said he’d take two if I’d go with him. I said sure. So, our first date was to a NASCAR race.(Editor's note: Get Donny's version of the story here.)
What's it like to be the woman behind America's beloved Houseguest?
I feel very proud to be the woman behind Donny. I love him so much and I’m so glad to be by his side. I’m happy and grateful that he is so well liked by America. He is caring, good hearted and makes people laugh. I think America and the other houseguests see that in him.
Donny seems like such a gentleman. Is he just as chivalrous at home?
No, he hasn’t always been that chivalrous. He learned more about being that way as we dated. He wasn’t exposed to chivalry much growing up and did not date much earlier in his life.
We've heard Donny say the darndest things on camera. What are some of his favorite sayings?
Well, Donny not only has unique sayings, he also has his own unique language! He uses words and says things much differently than most people. For example: he’ll tell the dogs to “be smart”…which to him means “be good”. He’ll say can I have “anuden” which means “another one”, or the “uden” which means the “other one”. The “litlen” means the little one. He combines 2-3 words into one word! Rinch = rinse and skreet = street!! There are so many…I could go on and on with this list. One of his favorite sayings is “Dumbo Donny” or “Dumbo” something else. Another saying is “That’s just monkey business” about something that he thinks is foolish or a waste of time or money. He remembers a lot of poems, songs, and nursery rhymes from childhood and recites them frequently.
What do you think of Donny's gameplay so far?
I am pleased with his game play. He started off the way he intended… just wanting to befriend everyone and make them laugh. He wanted to lay low (not float) at first and get to know people before determining who he wanted to align with. So, he didn’t talk a lot of game at first but has been the last couple weeks. He is very smart and knows the game inside and out. I think he’s been very observant of things going on and being careful about what he says and who he says it to. He’s also doing great at BoB and POV competitions. I just hope he wins HOH soon!
Who do you think Donny should align with other than his fellow Team America members?
I think he should definitely align with Hayden
. He is strong, smart, knows the game and seems trustworthy. Other possibilities might be Cody
. I think Zach is smart and trusts Donny but he can be a loose cannon and possible risk. Cody seems like a good guy with good intentions and I don’t think he meant any harm by nominating Donny recently. I think he wants to trust and believe Donny and work with him, he’s just a little unsure yet.
What would you like to see Donny do with his fame and fortune should he win?
I’m really not sure what I’d like Donny to do with any “fame” that comes from this. I really just want him back home with me, and I know that he will be anxious to come home and get back to his normal routine and simple life. As for the fortune, neither one of us is materialistic. We have talked about getting married and buying a house, so there’s that. He has astigmatism and very poor vision, so possibly eye surgery. Otherwise, probably just invest and save it.
What do you miss most about not having Donny around?
I miss everything about not having him around. This has been a very lonely summer! I miss holding hands, cuddling and just being together.
Anything you don't miss about Donny?
Donny sometimes chews with his mouth open… so I don’t miss that!
What's one thing that America would be surprised to know about Donny?
Donny is extremely frugal. He doesn’t like to spend a dime if he doesn’t have to.