Just when you thought you were done with Vicky, she's back and ready to talk. Vicky candidly chats with us about her relationship with Amy, what she thinks about Bob, and what her intentions really were throughout the season. Read on to hear Vicky's side of the story and decide if she's still as villainous as you thought.
1. How are you feeling now after the craziness of the finale?
I’ve been very relaxed since about week seven. It was really hard to manage it all. I made a conscious effort to do this to change my life and change my kids' life. With my hectic schedule, it wasn’t going to be doable for me. I probably wasn’t going to win the show, but I was going to get healthy and get my family healthy. I kind of said, this is it, this is how I’m going to do it.
2. So what was the hardest part of it all?
The hardest part for me was being away from my children. It kills me when I’m away from them. They would send me letters every now and then and I knew that they were well taken care of. But it’s always in your mind, especially [with them] being so young, did I make the right decision to leave my children to get healthy? Even afterward, with all the negative publicity that I’ve been getting, threats to my family and stuff, it’s been the one of the hardest things—I have to sit there and realize that I chose to do this for me and get my family healthy but in the process I put my children in danger. And, I have to say that if there’s one regret I have, it would be that. It was very selfish of me to choose to do this show and that they could be in danger or get their feelings hurt.
3. Do you miss anything now that the show is over?
Well, being at the ranch, of course I would have to say I miss Bob the most because he brings out the best in me. One thing I learned at the ranch, that is probably invaluable, is exactly how strong I am. Bob Harper teaches you that you have to bust through that wall and you have to go further than you ever thought you would. When you start feeling that, that’s when the weight starts coming off. Being around him is the one thing that I miss the most. He is so truly genuine.
4. Some people might say you were on the show just to “play the game,” that it wasn’t about weight loss for you. What do you have to say to that?
I think that playing the game was a small part of it. I think everybody played the game and everybody made a strategy. I think what you saw of me, playing the game, was actually more than I actually played the game, you know. But, the producers wanted you to think that I’m a big game player and I was mean, hateful and evil. And fine, that’s what most people think—people’s opinions of me have never been something I’ve felt like I needed. So, it doesn’t bother me because the people around me—my friends, my family, my coworkers—they know that I’m not that person. And, that’s all that really matters.
5. Do you still hold a grudge towards Amy?
I absolutely do not hold a grudge towards Amy. Even when we were on the ranch, we kind of made up. I was very upset and I do take partial responsibility for the fact that Brady went home because I think that Amy knew that I liked to play the game and I liked to make strategy moves. So, in her mind that meant that I had to lie to people. I’ve never lied to anybody—the people that I made alliances with like Kevin and Ed and the people that I made true friends with. When I give my word, I keep it. So, I would’ve voted Amy off. Brady was prepared to go home before voting Amy out and I just felt betrayed by a close friend. And yes, I know it’s reality TV and Amy should have just saw it coming because people are playing the game for themselves. I just felt betrayed when that happened and I think part of it was my fault that I didn’t let her know that she could trust me more. But Amy and I made up and there were no hard feelings. Voting Amy out was one of the hardest decisions I had ever had to make. Had she gone with anybody, anybody except Heba, Amy would have still been there. Had she gone with Ed, or Renee, or Michelle, it would have been a very easy decision for me, but instead, she went for my best friend. Heba had been there for me since the first day and I just couldn’t choose Amy over Heba. I couldn’t do it.
6. Are you friends with any of the other contestants on the show?
I’m actually in contact with most of them. Yeah, everybody on the show is great—they’re all great people and I think they want you to think that we’re not. When you’re in that environment, everyone gets pissed. We all worked so hard, you have to respect that—all of it. I just think that they’re all my extended family now.
7. Tell us what was going through your head during the football challenge.
Honestly, I thought there was no way on earth I could win anything after brady left. I had a broken foot. I did a lot of swimming that they didn’t show that much of. I was swimming up to four hours a day, mostly to try to maintain the weight loss, so I went in [thinking] basically knock out the black team so one of us could win it. I figured if I kind of let everybody knock themselves out and it was just me and Heba, and I just happen to have a little bit of an advantage, then maybe, just maybe, I would be able to beat Heba, and that’s actually what happened. There was no truth in me putting a football in Amy’s bin because of Brady—of course I didn’t do that. They just tried to make it look like that. It was just a fluke that I won. They thought the person with the broken foot couldn’t win, and the next thing you know I did, and it was just ridiculous.
8. What did you learn from the show that you’ll pass on to your daughter?
The one thing I learned, more importantly than anything else, was how strong I was. I mean I knew I was strong but we have these limitations,you have this brick wall, that you kind of just have to push yourself past it and that was one thing that Bob was able to teach me—going farther than you need to go. I think that’s one thing that everyone needs to learn about themselves. We do have it in us to do it. You don’t have to be on a reality TV show to do it. You can do it on your own, at home.
9. Would you do it all over again if you could?
I definitely feel the positive, and I’m glad I did the show, but putting my children at risk and in danger as a result of all the hateful things that have come out, I probably wouldn’t do it again... It’s just my health, I can’t put it over the health of my children.
10. What’s next for you?
Go back to work and be a good mom and do what I’ve been doing. I think all things happen for a reason and Michelle is the perfect person to represent The Biggest Loser and inspire all these people. I just want to get back to my life. I’m just ready to get back to normal.