'Big Brother 23' Houseguest Christie Valdiserri Replaced by Claire Rehfuss Due to COVID-19
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The 27-year-old professional dancer explains in an Instagram post that she has 'absolutely no symptoms' and feels 'perfectly fine,' though she's frustrated because she 'won't be playing in 'Big Brother' this summer.'

AceShowbiz - A houseguest of season 23 of "Big Brother" doesn't make it to the premiere because of COVID-19. According to a new report, a last minute change was made after Christie Valdiserri tested positive for coronavirus and she has been replaced by Claire Rehfuss.

Christie addressed the matter in an Instagram post on Monday, July 5. "I have the vaccine and I’ve been following all the guidelines up until this point," she explained. "I have absolutely no symptoms. I feel perfectly fine, so I'm really grateful for that. But it's really frustrating because I won't be playing in 'Big Brother' this summer."

The 27-year-old professional dancer added, "I just have to say that when you're faced with adversity, just telling myself it's for a bigger reason and I want to believe that. I don’t know the reason yet. I've had a roller coaster of emotions the last 48 hours and as I've been reading through all the comments online, whether they're good or bad, I just have to say, I put myself out there and shared this vulnerability of being bald and all the comments, good or bad, are affecting everybody else that also is bald, and experiences this vulnerability."

The Philadelphia native, who suffers from Alopecia, concluded her message, "So spread love. And whether you're just finding out about Alopecia or you know what Alopecia is, you know that we’re unstoppable. And I’m going to bounce back in one way or another."

Christie will be replaced by 25-year-old AI engineer Claire in the upcoming season of the hit CBS show. She is determined to "try to get out the strong alpha dudes early."

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