- Summer House -Amanda Batula On Her Body, Social Media, And Hiding At The Gym
Hello, hello and welcome to part three of my conversation with Summer House star (and I do mean star) Amanda Batula. In our first two chats, we talked about Hannah Berner's tough season, the status of Amanda's friendships now, how hard it was to film Season 5, and how she met Kyle Cookie Crumbs.
Here, in the final part of my interview, we get into the silly stuff. Like, for example, her boobs. And whether or not they're real. What! You guys have been talking about them on the socials so we addressed your comments. We also chat about social media backlash, working out, and Amanda's sense of style. (Also, heads up: part three of my chat with Paige Desorbo is coming next week, bbs.)
Let's get into it.
Samantha Bush for The Dipp: The last couple of years, you and Carl have probably had the worst time on social media; the fans didn’t really have your back. This season, though, you and Carl are both getting a lot of support from viewers.
Amanda Batula: Carl's always been Carl, right? We know all sides of Carl, which is why we've always loved him and always stood up for him. And he's always been my favorite person. And I think everyone's now finally getting to see the sides of him that we all have loved this whole time.
For me, I used to get [comments] like, I was "too quiet.” Or, I'm “whiny.” I'm this, I'm that. But this summer people are like, wow, “Amanda has great boobs.”
Oh my God. Are we allowed to talk about your boobs? You have amazing boobs.
It's so funny because I've gone my whole life hiding them. But when you film the show in the summer, you can't really hide your boobs. I had a boyfriend in college and the first time he got a little handsy, he was shocked that I had the size boobs that I did, because I was that good at hiding them at that point.
And they're natural. They're a hundred percent real, which people are like... they question it all the time. They just change in size naturally with hormones, and weight gain, and weight loss.
There have been so many tweets like, “I'm trying to be respectful of Amanda and not stare, but it's hard.”
And people also give me a hard time about my posture. I hunch over a lot. I don't know if it's a confidence thing or just gravity and weight. I didn't realize it as much until people started calling it out.
Are you one of those lucky people who doesn’t really need to work out?
Nods hesitantly with a smile.
Yeah. I figured.
Which is why I don't answer. I don't like to answer that question because everybody's different. The things that work for me, it may not work for someone else.
I had an ex-boyfriend who loved to work out and we would get into the biggest fights at the gym because I'm like, I want to just talk! I want to stand there and just chat. Is that hard with you and Kyle? Because Kyle obviously works out.
This is a conversation we've had many times. He always wanted to be that couple at the gym. I was like, "that's not me." At the gym I'm that girl in the back, on the treadmill that no one can see you on. I don't want to be the couple in the gym. I've gone once or twice with him and never again.
Last but not least, I think you are a very underrated style icon. Do you feel that way?
I've always dressed a little outside of the norm in my group of friends. I was always kind of pushing the boundaries, buying clothes that other people weren't necessarily buying. I'm a creative person, I went to school for graphic design, so I feel like, you know, fashion is a little bit of a form of self-expression for me. And it's a way of showing my personality through my clothing, which is just very laid back and comfortable.
Sam here. Can I just... segue out of this here and say that Amanda had very comfortable season? It wasn't really laid back for her, but when fans go from hating on you to thirsting over you, I think we'd call that a comfy season. Batula Hoops, we stan. (Part three of my chat with Paige dropping next week!)