A two-time veteran of the long-running reality television show Big Brother has quitely updated their pronouns on social media. A follower and Twitter user noticed show alumn Paul Abrahamian had changed their pronouns in their bio. The star e responded with an emoji that appeared to confirm the move.
“Thank you for being you and reminding me that I'm not alone, ya know?” tweeted Cady Lois, along with a black heart emoji, to which Abrahamian responded to on Instagram Stories with a black heart emoji of their own.
While Abrahamain has updated their bio to reflect the change and confirmed to fans they are now using they/them pronouns, they have not spoken out about their gender identity. Rather than release a public statement, they appear content to let word spread on its own while maintaining their privacy.
Abrahamian appeared on Seasons 18 and 19 of the Big Brother, which isolates contestants from the outside world but puts them under 24/7 observation. Participants are eliminated for various reasons over the course of the season until only one remains. Abrahamian advanced to the finals as the top contestant, but lost both times to the eventual winners.
The California-native of Russian and Armenian descent is a clothing designer and musician. They obtained a degree in philosophy from Pepperdine University.
Despite nearly winning two seasons in a row, Abrahamian decided not to participate in the latest season, for which they were hotly anticipated. They explained their reasons in a heartfelt tweet, explaining that appearing on the program where contestants are completely isolated from the outside world, including family and friends, “comes with a hefty amount of emotional & mental stress.” They expressed concern about “going from one stressful quarantine to another” and questioned whether such a move was the right decision.
“I can’t & won’t abandon my family during these difficult times, it would be irresponsible of me,” they tweeted, revealing that both their parents need surgery.
Abrahamian went on to tell fans they are going to focus on their music and art as that’s what brings them “happiness” and makes them “feel complete.”
“Thank you for the support & kindness that y’all show me daily, it really keeps me going. Stay safe, & godspeed,” they wrote.