Natalie Anderson detailed leaving #TheChallenge36 after learning she was pregnant. She shared her full story with Us:
The Challenge: Double Agents host TJ Lavin shocked the cast when he announced that Natalie Anderson was “no longer cleared” to compete during the Wednesday, January 13, episode, and she was sent home.
“I have a personal matter that requires me to leave the game. I have to deal with something, and it sucks that I have to step out because all I want to do is compete,” Natalie, 34, said in her interview at the time. “It’s breaking my heart to leave.”
The Survivor winner, who’s been in a relationship with boyfriend Devin Perez for more than a year, explained that it all began when she called her twin sister, Nadiya Anderson, over FaceTime while filming.
“I was just joking because she’s trying to get pregnant with her second child, and I was, like, ‘Oh, my God, my period’s late. Maybe we’ll get pregnant, and we’ll have babies together when I get back!’ I was totally joking, but that triggered production to have me take a pregnancy test,” she shared, noting that she thought there was “no way” she could be pregnant and all she could think about was the competition.
“For me, the money was basically in my pocket, the check was already written,” Natalie said. “This money was mine and there was nobody who was gonna come get my skull for me. I was literally just waiting for the final to get there, so I could just cross everybody else and take the money.”
“I’m this different person when I’m on these shows — like, there’s nothing that’s gonna stop me from getting what I want or trying to get what I want. So it was like this weird wave of happiness, shock, surprise, disappointment. I didn’t even process what I was actually feeling,” the New Jersey native shared. “I was just like, ‘How am I pregnant? I want to win this money!’ I love my boyfriend, but he’s not here. It was just the most awkward way to find out you’re pregnant, because it could have been an amazing feeling, but I didn’t have the opportunity to feel like that because I was just so confused and torn about having to leave the game, but also was super excited and happy.”