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'Big Brother 16' Devin's HOH Blog

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Devon has loved having all the power in the house this week as the 2nd HOH of the Big Brother 16 house. Here is his HOH blog:

I want to start out by saying hi to the most beautiful girl in the world (my daughter) Jayden Sofia, and that I miss you every day that I am in here. Not being able to see your bright smile and your charismatic little self, full of energy sprinting around the house is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I love you Jayden and hope to see you soon. And to my daughter’s Mother, I thank you for taking on the task of being the greatest mother anyone could have ever asked for. I know it’s not easy right now but I’m so proud of you for being the amazing woman you are, Thank you. Being in the BB house has been a blessing in so many ways and I will forever be grateful for this experience. I would never call myself a super fan out of respect for all the true super fans out there, but I can call myself a student of this game. Before entering the house I watched season after season multiple times over to try and formulate a flawless strategy. I thought of every potential cover story of who Devin Shepherd is and where I come from, and in the end I decided to just come in here and be who I really am.

Days leading up to my entry into the house I wanted to play an honest and integral game, even if that meant an early exit for me from the game. But one thing is very, very clear when Julie sends you through the front door for the first time. "Expect the Unexpected"! When I walked into the living room for the first time, glanced left and looked right I couldn't help but instantly think about all my favorite BB players of the past, and what they had to do to win this game (Dan, Rachel, Hayden and Boogie). At that very moment I knew that I would be forced to make a lot of moves that would go against the person I am outside of this game. From day one I think it’s safe to say I’ve played this game pretty hard! But I’m a competitor at heart and not a floater, even if being a floater at times is a great strategy the only way I know how to play any game is hard. The day I exit the BB doors I will never have this opportunity again, so I made up my mind that I’m going to play as hard as possible while also hoping to be smart about my game play because one thing is certain, I don't want to have any regrets about leaving anything on the table when it’s all said and done.

Now for the fun stuff! I have never lived with more than three people in a single house setting before in my life (lol). Living with fifteen others has been both challenging and a learning experience for me. I grew up an only child because my sister is twenty-six years older than myself, so living in the BB house can be intense at times. Dishes pile up higher than a mountain on a daily basis, clothes are left dangling in the most random places of the house (not surprised to find underwear in the storage room next to the produce anymore haha) and if you ever get the opportunity to live in the BB house for a summer and like to stay clean; well you better make sure you have a well hidden stash of towels somewhere or you most definitely will be sharing your buddies for sure. The fifteen other cast members are some of the most unique and amazing people I have ever gotten the opportunity to meet and share time with.

We truly have it all this year, from the most talented Broadway performer (Frankie) who will impersonate you down to a "T" at any given moment. To the kindest southern bell who comes from the most humble backgrounds with a family of nine brothers and sisters. We have it all this year! Every single person regardless of what may be seen or said at times is beyond amazing. The hardest part about this game is that each week someone is going to be judged before they are really understood and they will be sent packing out the door. This week I was able to put myself in a position where I won HOH and could build back trust and show loyalty to people I pre judged early on in this game. This was my first blog ever! I’m really pumped for the world to read this and I hope everyone enjoys to the max! Can’t wait to see what this game has in store for us all next week. Truly don't ever want this time here to end but at the same time I can't wait for it to all be over…

Take care with much Love, -Devin Shepherd

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