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'Temptation Island's Payton Burgess Talks Casey Snub and Threesome Incident With David and Samantha

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  • Payton Burgess entered Temptation Island after years of being single to try something new.
  • After hitting it off with Casey Starchak, Payton was shocked to see him choose Rachel Hamel for his date.
  • Payton ultimately decided to have some fun, getting involved in a threesome situation with David Benavidez and Samantha Hoffman.

Just when you thought this season of Temptation Island couldn't get more wild, the most recent episode, "Something's in the Air," concluded with three people getting rather close when David Benavidez (who is dating Kate Griffith) jumped into the shower with "sexy singles" Payton Burgess and Samantha Hoffman. While David might have some serious explaining to do, the ladies were just trying to have some fun, especially after the day Payton had.

The 23-year-old personal trainer from South Carolina was visibly upset after Casey Starchak chose another single over her, and certainly needed a distraction. We caught up with Payton to ask her all about her intentions on Temptation Island, and what her feelings were regarding that NSFW final scene of Episode 4.

Floor8: As proved in the most recent episode, Temptation Island is definitely a place to go to have some fun. Did you go into this thinking you would find true love, or was meeting new friends and having a good time also part of your decision to join the show?

Payton: My main purpose for joining the show was to experience something I’d never done before. I had been single for four years or close to it. I decided I wanted to try something new and different. My initial goal was to find someone to connect with but the single ladies made it very easy to find friendship and a shoulder to lean on. So although my first intentions weren’t to make friends I made friendships with the most amazing females that I’ll be there for until the end of time.

Floor8: It was really difficult watching Casey pick Rachel over you for his date, all while you were sitting right there. Can you explain what was going through your head at that time?

Payton: It was a huge slap in my face for Casey to ask Rachel out on a date in front of me. I felt so disrespected. It made me realize he truly was only thinking about what was going on his mind. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about everyone involved and yourself and his girlfriend who was also on the island. In that moment I was hurt and I was upset afterwards. But we talked it through and resolved it.

Floor8: Do you think Casey picking Rachel made you less into him or did it just motivate you to claim him even more?

Payton: Having Casey pick Rachel, especially in front of me, made me lose interest in him. I’m not going to fight for someone who I don’t love. You fight for love and Casey made it VERY clear the only person on the island he was interested was his girlfriend Ashley.

Floor8: Things got hilarious in the hot tub when Gavin started shamelessly sucking your toes. Was there any connection between you two or was it just a random funny thing that happened?

Payton: Gavin sucking my toes was hilarious and the fact that everyone was freaking out about it was funny. Gavin and I were friends in the house—he was always someone I could talk to about what was going on in my head and the same for him. There was no connection between Gavin and I. Nothing romantic at all.

Floor8: The final moments of the episode were obviously super steamy. Did David mention Kate at all while with you and Samantha?

Payton: David never mentioned Kate while hanging out with Samantha and I, but why would he? We were drunk [and] having fun—there were times for discussions and there was time for fun. This was a time for fun after many, many shots. 

Floor8: Do you think you were up for the threesome situation because you were angry with Casey, or was it just to have some fun?

Payton: I would never do something in real life or on the island because I was/am mad at someone. I was asked to come join them and it sounded like fun because I had been drinking. Casey had nothing to do with my choices. Temptation Island is a place to go for fun, good times, amazing views, and to form connections with people you probably would have never met.

Season 2 of Temptation Island continues every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on USA Network.