Dee Valladares and Austin Li Coon’s relationship after the Survivor 45 finale is being kept low-key, with both saying that things have gotten too crazy. Their showmance blossomed as the season went on, but their relationship status is not a top priority for the couple right now. When Dee won the game and Austin came in second, he good-naturedly said that Dee was better at playing the game.
Dee Valladares and Austin Li Coon’s relationship has been kept low-key after the Survivor 45 finale due to the craziness of their lives.
Dee Valladares and Austin Li Coon, the standout couple from Survivor 45, have been the subject of much scrutiny and speculation since the finale of the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dee revealed that the couple has decided to keep their relationship “low-key” for the time being due to the whirlwind of emotions they have experienced. She explained that they have found it necessary to take a step back from the spotlight as things have been “insane” and they are dealing with a lot.
Austin echoed similar sentiments in a separate interview, stating that they wanted to keep things private for the time being, especially in light of the attention from fans following the finale. The couple initially partnered up early in the season, forming a close bond as they navigated through the challenges of the game. Their connection continued to grow, culminating in a showmance as they spent late nights talking and holding hands.
Despite their bond, there were moments of tension and betrayal in the game. Dee orchestrated a blindside move against Emily Flippen, without revealing her involvement to Austin. However, in a move of retaliation, Dee did not return the favor to Austin when he was not aware that his friend was in danger. The dynamics of their relationship were further tested as they made it to the final three, with Dee ultimately winning the title of Sole Survivor and the million-dollar prize.
Following the finale, when asked about the betrayal, Austin maintained a lighthearted attitude, joking that “girls are better at playing guys than the other way around” and affirming that he and Dee were “all good.” The couple’s decision to keep their relationship low-key seems to reflect their desire to navigate this new chapter in their lives outside of the public eye, allowing them to focus on each other and their personal growth.