You never know what you're going to get when it comes to Diem. She was raised an "army brat" and is a red-state Republican with a poli-sci degree living in liberal West Hollywood. Never afraid to let her hair down, Diem loves to hit the dance floor and rock out to heavy metal. Having to overcome huge obstacles and battles in her personal life, Diem, though sultry and slight, is in some ways a more complete and complex warrior than any of her competition.
Diem, though sultry and slight, is in some ways a more complete and complex warrior than any of her competition. During Fresh Meat
, she revealed to Derrick
that she was battling ovarian cancer. This strong competitor was sent home just before the final mission without the cash, but with fond memories and no regret. After enduring six months of chemotherapy, she is heading to Brazil to battle it out once again. Her personal demons defeated, can she prevail against more traditional foes?
The Gauntlet III
Last seen taming wild child CT
on The Duel
, Diem returns, this time with BF in tow. Time will only tell if her relationship with CT will help or hurt her chances. A showdown with Beth
is far more likely, as the two exchanged words during The Duel
Reunion and extreme bitterness still lingers. She's also a cancer survivor, so her true strength should never be questioned.
The Duel II
An army brat who gathered most of her personality makeup from living in the southern United States, Diem has proven herself to be a formidable competitor in past challenges. Her interest in how others overcome adversity has led Diem to a career in television journalism. She currently serves as the Los Angeles reporter/host for London's Sky Showbiz and spends time raising money and support for cancer sufferers through her L4TC charity. In past challenges, we've been there as Diem got seriously involved with CT
, a fellow competitor who will also be in New Zealand for The Duel II
. And even though she will have to work hard to keep her emotions in check, she's got her eyes on the prize. "I have tons of goals this year," Diem says, "and winning the Challenge would expedite the funding of them!"
Diem first won our hearts during Fresh Meat
when she revealed that she was fighting ovarian cancer. While she didn't win that Challenge, she did prove victorious in her battle with cancer and returned to The Duel
, where she tamed the wild CT
, but once again failed to win the game. Although her relationship with CT never worked out, Diem has proven time and time again that she is a fighter who can overcome huge obstacles. Although she is an experienced player and a solid athlete, Diem has never won a Challenge. Now, Diem comes to Thailand with a "take-no-prisoners attitude" and the goal of finally taking home the grand prize from The Ruins
Battle of the Exes
struck up a romance with Diem on The Duel
and the relationship blossomed as Diem, a survivor of ovarian cancer, found solace with CT during her difficult recovery process. However, when Diem decided to focus all her energy on her career the two parted ways. Things took a darker turn, when the two exes returned for The Duel II
told Diem that CT had been hooking up with Shauvon
and they haven't spoken or seen each other since. News of their partnership has reopened old wounds for Diem who maintains, "I don't know what our dynamic is at this point other than the fact that I'm still angry. Like, I'm pissed." CT remains undeterred by Diem's rage, claiming, "There's no way she can be mad at me cause I won't let her be mad at me." Will bad boy, CT charm his way back into Diem's heart or will their turbulent past prove to be too much to overcome?
and Diem's rivalry was born on The Duel
, when Aneesa chose Diem to go into elimination after promising to keep her safe. Diem ended up going home and giving Aneesa the silent treatment. Diem recalls, "It's been a long time, but once someone makes you not trust them, it's hard to regain that." Since we last saw Diem in the finals of Battle of the Exes
, she successfully beat ovarian cancer a second time and is now in remission. But despite her fighting spirit, Diem still struggles with confidence and reverts to old patterns when she hooks up with former flame CT
! Aneesa is skeptical of her romantic reunion, explaining, "Anyone who messes with CT is playing with fire. Emotionally, she could be setting herself up for failure." Diem may seem angelic, but this veteran has a tilted halo... and perhaps a devil on her shoulder.
Battle of the Exes II
and Diem hold the record for the longest standing love story in Challenge history. After meeting on The Duel
, CT fell for Diem when she bravely removed her wig for a mud challenge, fresh after a battle with ovarian cancer. The two continued their romance off the show and fell deeply in love. However, their relationship hit rocky ground when Diem set her focus on her career. The pair overcame their obstacles and won second place on Battle of the Exes
, but their trust was damaged at the end of Rivals II
, when Diem felt betrayed by CT's political game. CT admits, "I'm looking forward to redeeming myself with Diem. This is Diem's game. Diem deserves to win." CT and Diem weathered many storms, and their epic on-again, off-again love sustained over the years. Diem explains, "Seeing CT here gives me some sort of relief that somebody is somewhat in my corner. This Challenge will show what type of relationship we have."