'Big Brother' couple Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo discuss their wedding plans and future (Exclusive)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/02/2019
Big Brother couple Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo got engaged in Summer 2018, and now they're opening up about the early stages of their wedding planning and what they envision their future will look like together.
Nicole, the winner of Big Brother's 18th season, and Victor, best remembered for being a competition beast on the series, were only friends when they competed on Big Brother together in 2016, but a romance sparked in Summer 2017 and then the couple confirmed in September of that year on social media they were dating.
Victor subsequently moved to Ubly, MI, to be with Nicole, and after getting engaged, they raced around the world on The Amazing Race's 31st season. The pair finished in fourth place.
After The Amazing Race's finale aired last week, Nicole and Victor opened up about their romance and what's to come in their relationship, and below is what they had to say. (Wedding bells will definitely be ringing!)
Victor Arroyo: I mean, life is great! We really can't complain. We travel a lot. We play a lot of board games, and we're really close to Nicole's family. I think life hasn't necessarily changed a whole lot. We're still who we are; it's really just getting things together to get married and figuring that out.
Nicole Franzel: So we really haven't done much. I think we want to shoot for June 2020, if that's possible. We know it takes a long time to get stuff rolling and we haven't even really -- we started and we stopped because we just think we might do a destination and then throw a big party back home.
Once we decided that, you know, everything changed. So we are now looking into destinations and trying to figure out where it is we want to go. But besides that, we really don't have much.
Reality TV World: Will any former Big Brother houseguests or your fellow The Amazing Race teams be invited?
Nicole Franzel: Yeah, so we'll invite -- I'm really close with someBig Brother players, so they'll definitely be at the intimate one, wherever it is. And then back home will be the party in Michigan that everybody has with having fun, dancing, beer and good food!
So definitely. We got really close with some people on these reality shows, so they'll be there.
Reality TV World: Would any of those people in particular be members of your bridal party -- groomsmen or bridesmaids?
Nicole Franzel: I don't know! We honestly haven't even picked those out yet. I mean, there's a possibility for a couple, but I don't know. That's a good question.
Reality TV World: Thinking about your future together, do you envision staying in Michigan long-term and putting down roots there? Maybe even starting a family there soon?
Nicole Franzel: For sure, we would love to stay here, and if we won a million dollars, we would have built a farmhouse. We would've like to build a little farmhouse. That's our dream and that's what we're saving for right now.
Right now, we have a cute, like, littler home in town, but eventually we want it on land and to build a house and have horses and chickens and all that!
Victor Arroyo: And yes, so the next step for us is to have a family. So we'll definitely be staying here and having our roots here.
Reality TV World:You two said you grew stronger as a couple on The Amazing Race, and you were the only remaining Big Brother or Survivor team in the Final 4. (Every other pair were Race veterans). So why do you think you made it so far? Did you simply just work that great together?
Victor Arroyo: I think it was just how well me and Nicole worked together and how we complemented each other and that trust that we had to get through things.
Like, yeah, I am a strong competitor and I'm really versatile in the things I do, but Nicole was also there to ground me and keep my butt moving or check the clue again. She was making me mind my P's and Q's.
And so, with that balance that we have, we get through each of the competitions and stay level-headed, never being overconfident. So I think that's what got us through and just our competitive spirit.
Nicole Franzel: Yeah, I think we both brought completely opposite things to the table, and we've never been on the same team before, so we are pretty good when we are.
And yeah, I think Victor is the best partner in the world and I would never race with anyone but him. He makes it so easy, but I think on TV, it makes it look like Victor does almost everything.
If I was a viewer at home, I would be like, "Oh my god, did Nicole even do anything?" But I did do five Roadblocks, you know?! And even with the taxi thing, it looked like Victor memorized all [of the directions], but I did the first half and he did the second half.
So I feel like I do put in work but Victor is just -- having that muscle and his competitiveness and his intelligent, I mean, he's a threat. Anybody with him would be good! I have to give him that full credit.