Caite Upton and Brent Horne were surprised and unsurprised by Brandy's outburst at the Amazing Race finish. "[Brandy and Carol] need to get over the U-Turn and grow up. It's a game and it was over," Caite, 21, tells TVGuide.com. "But it's just like them to complain since that's what they did the whole Race." It was the girls' grouchy attitude — and not homophobia — that fueled the models' decision to U-Turn them, Caite, 21, says. See what else the two, who are no longer dating, have to say about their arch-enemies, why they weren't worried about Dan and Jordan's first-class move, and if Brent, 29, really had to pee that badly in Shanghai.
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TVGuide.com: Did your feud really start with Brandy and Carol's comment about your Miss Teen USA answer?
Caite: On the first day, I introduced myself. I held out my hand, and they just stared as if I was a piece of crap. Right then, I knew that they weren't going to be the nicest people. Then, they made the comment to my face. The thing is that I do joke about the answer — I'm totally fine with it. You think nobody's joked with me the past three years? But they continually said rude comments to us. They didn't show others because the cameras didn't catch them. ... They were rude to other teams. The only people they were somewhat nice to were Jordan and Dan, and that was because the boys were terrified of them.
TVGuide.com: When I talked to them, they said you have a problem with them as lesbians, but they stopped short of calling you homophobic.
Caite: I have zero problem with them being lesbians. I am not homophobic. Some of my closest friends are gays and lesbians. Jordan is gay, and we're friends. I have a problem with them as people. I tried to be nice and win them over, but I was never able to. They were rude and always complained, and we were sick of it. They're just saying that out of pure jealousy because I beat them and I'm younger than them, and they obviously made fools of themselves.
Caite: Obviously the cowboys are freaking awesome. We would've U-Turned them second, but our No. 1 options were Carol and Brandy. It was personal and strategic. Brent: Until you're in that situation, it's so easy to watch on TV and say, "Oh, that's so messed up." But if you're playing against people, you want to take down the person who's a complete brat or punk. If you're going to lose, you don't mind losing to someone who carries themselves with class or is a friend — which is what the other three teams were to us. Not that the Race is about making friends, but relationship-wise, we grew with everyone else and felt the cowboys deserved to be there over them. Brandy and Carol, going into that leg, made some extremely rude comments and were just complete bitches.TVGuide.com: What was the atmosphere like once they were eliminated?
Brent: Everyone was so excited. Going into the last leg, there was some animosity between the brothers and the cowboys after the brothers cut in line, but before then, we all were like, "Whatever happens, happens. Someone's going to win, but we don't mind losing to any one of you." I would rather have been kicked off before the finale than lose to the lesbians just because of how rude they were.
Caite: We were only 15 minutes behind the cowboys. We finished everything. We did everything a lot faster. The memory task — I knew them right away and threw them up there. We did the virtual task in, like, two minutes! We got there after the cowboys and finished at the same time. The cowboys and the brothers were supposedly there for 30 minutes or something.Brent: We were second out of the airport, but lost 20-30 minutes in our cab. The tasks were where we made up time. After the virtual one, we were hoping [the next task] would let us catch up to Dan and Jordan. When we had to turn around for our money bag, that sealed our fate. ... We knew we were third and we were happy. It was great to make it to the final episode and do all the tasks. TVGuide.com: Why did you do the Roadblock, Brent? Aren't you not allowed to do more than six?
Caite: You can actually do 7-5 or 6-6, so he took it. I was like, "OK, whatever. I'm completely drained."TVGuide.com: Did you know Dan and Jordan moved to first class?
Brent: Yeah. Everyone was asleep on the plane, but I kind of saw them move up. I was like, "That's a freaking move!" The plane was packed and I didn't know if the stewardess would let us stand. But honestly, we weren't that concerned. Caite and I had been first in front before and were like, "Yeah, this is good!" But we'd get to customs, which is always a mess, so you'd get bunched up again. So we were like, "Well, chances are we'll all be even again at customs." Luckily for them, there was no one at customs, not even from another flight. The funny thing is that we were first to the airport, obviously, but we got the worst seats of the three teams. The brothers and the cowboys were in the two rows in front of us.
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TVGuide.com: Brent, did you really have to pee that badly in Shanghai?
Brent: Yeah! It was so cold there, so it's not fun when you have to go and it's freezing. Dan was like, "Dude, I have to go to the bathroom too, but in the normal sense." [Laughs] It was exciting to finish first after that. We made mistakes at the beginning of the Race because we got ahead of ourselves and didn't read clues carefully, but we learned to slow down. We had many opportunities to win legs, so we were definitely stoked then.
TVGuide.com: What's next for you guys?
Caite: I've been living in L.A. for a year now. I'm shooting for Maxim on Wednesday. I just booked a couple of national commercials, so be looking for me!
Brent: I'm back in South Carolina. I'm getting ready to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday. I kind of tweaked my shoulder before the Race ... and being on the Race really aggravated it. When I got home, I found out I had torn cartilage, so I'm having that repaired. I can't do anything, really, for three months, so I have to stick around here until I'm done with physical therapy.