Joyce Giraud de Ohoven

Joyce discusses Yolanda being the Reunion "referee," how "vile" Brandi is, and Carlton being the first to label.

on Apr 1

My husband was asked about the incident with Carlton's "spell." I've said on multiple occasions I NEVER believed in any spells. And by saying that, I never disrespected or compared her religion with mine. I never compared her Goddess to my God because I respect every religion. I have friends from all different religions and cultures, and I love learning from them. I have recently met a Wiccan who is simply an amazing woman and has a very positive energy and outlook on life. Like my husband told Carlton at the Reunion, she says she doesn't want people to "judge" her religion, but she's the first one bringing it up and using it for shock value. If someone is proud of their religion, they don't need to hide it or get upset if someone inquires about it. I believe if Carlton had previously experienced people treating her differently because of her religion, this show would have been the perfect outlet to reach millions of people. She should have used it to educate people about her religion instead of using her religion as shock value and her storyline against Kyle.

And by the way, what I do know now is that Wicca is a beautiful, positive religion. Carlton should study her own religion more and get some of it's positive energy. But above all she should do as she preaches. She was the first one to say she hates labels, but she's the first to label everyone else.

I think my biggest takeaway of how I felt during this Season is that I was very proud to remain true to myself. Like I always said: I'm not a $100 bill for everyone to like, but one thing I am is honest. And I'm proud to say I never compromised my integrity. Yes, there were many things I should've done differently. I wish I had not gotten nervous and touched my hair so much. At times I wish I could have expressed myself better, instead of thinking in Spanish and translating in my head. And I wish my tagline would have been the one I wanted (Beauty is only skin deep, it's what's in your heart that matters).

Lots of people ask me if I would do the show again if I could go back in time and the answer is yes. This show brought me to all of you and the love and support I get even in the streets is simply priceless. For that I will forever be grateful.

God Bless you all,

Joyce