Unless you were too busy watching Brandon Hantz Crazy Pants’ outbursts at tribal council, you probably noticed a few of the castaways from this season’s Survivor getting a tad friendly with one another. I’m sure it gets lonely in the jungle. Two members of Savaii’s former Team Pretty, Whitney Duncan, 27, and Keith Tollefson, 26, had a total spark for each other during their time in the South Pacific. And why shouldn’t they? They’re both young, fun, good-looking,
and single. Wait, is one of them married?
Keith is the laid-back water treatment technician from San Diego, while country crooner Whitney hails from Tennessee and made it to the top five of the Nashville Star singing competition. Both came to Survivor single and ready to mingle, according to their bios, and the pair was quickly joined at the hip. However, one additional player has come out of the woodwork… Whitney’s husband, Donny Fallgatter.
While the story of Whitney and Donny’s relationship is different than most, the couple was definitely married when she appeared on the show. They married on August 10, 2010 after two months of dating. However, they never shared this information with family and friends
or Survivor producers. Whitney would often travel with fellow musician Donny’s band, and in May of this year, before Whitney left to film Survivor, the pair announced their engagement. Um…
A source tells People.com, “They were good together, and they looked good together. They both fell hard.” The insider continues, “Donny was totally faithful while she was gone. He even went to help out at her parents’ house in West Tennessee a couple times.”
After filming of Survivor concluded, but before the castaways were sent home, Whitney called her husband, who later admitted to a friend that things sounded a bit off. The source says, “He said she sounded weird, like something was up, and not like she was looking forward to seeing him.” Indeed, in a later phone call, Whitney admitted that she had fallen hard for her tribe mate, Keith. The friend recalls, “Donny sent me a text that said, ‘Whitney got into a Survivor relationship.’ I called him and he was really upset so I went over to his place.”
At that point Donny revealed the couple’s secret to the source. “That’s when he told me that she wasn’t his fiancé, but his wife, that they had gotten married the summer before. I was totally shocked.” While the new Survivor sweeties have been spotted around Nashville, Donny reportedly went home to North Dakota so that Whitney could move out of his home.
Not surprisingly, Whitney and Donny have filed for divorce, which was heard and granted last week on November 8th. As soon as the judge who heard their petition signs the paperwork, the divorce will be final leaving Whitney free to pursue other endeavors…wink, wink.
Not to be one-upped by Donny’s People.com source, a Whitney insider has been talking to UsWeekly, stating that no infidelity occurred. “Whitney and Keith did not expect to fall in love on the show but they did. She is divorced and never lied to her ex about falling for Keith. She told him the day she returned from Survivor,” asserts the source.
The insider continues, “Whitney and her family have had a very trying year.” The source is of course referring to the tragic kidnapping of Whitney’s twenty-year-old cousin Holly Bobo, adding, “I think learning about her cousin being abducted the same day she found out she would be on Survivor gave her a new perspective on life and love and made her realize that life is too short to be unhappy.”
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