"I was really just lost for words," she explained. "I would have never guessed in a million years that Mike would have done that. And I've asked him, like, 'Why did you do that?' He's like, 'I don't know. I just wanted to. I always wanted to.'"
"When I gave it to him, I was trying to keep him close. I wanted him to feel like he was included, and I was trying to secure that vote, along with Ashley and Devon, and obviously he had better plans for it," she continued, adding that it "never crossed my mind" to try to salvage the idol in the fire. "But who's to say if Jeff would have even let me play it?... But it would have been worth a try if it had crossed my mind."
Her extra vote advantage, however, was safely in her pocket, but after telling the entire tribe that she left it back at camp, Lauren thought it would be best not to use it. "Nobody knew that Ben had an idol. I was trying really hard not to use it until I had to... and I was almost trying to reassure Chrissy, like, 'Stop, we can pull this together,'" she said.
So, Lauren and her advantages were sent packing -- though she doesn't blame them for putting a target on her back.
"I think I went too soon gunning for Ben. We had a lot of trust between us, but at the same time, I knew in my mind, Ben's not someone that I can sit beside in the 1, 2, 3 seat, and I'm assuming he thought the same," she shared. "I think I would have been fine if it wasn't for Ben. I think I at least would have made it another night, because Devon, myself and Ashley, we were working really well together."