"The Circle" winner DeLeesa St. Agathe thought Courtney Revolution was going to win the season.
St. Agathe told Insider she thought Revolution won it after sharing what he'd do with the money.
Revolution told the contestants he wanted to win for his stepdad, who has stage 3 kidney disease.
DeLeesa St. Agathe didn't think she stood a chance to win "The Circle" before she took home the $100,000 prize.
St. Agathe, who won the Netflix show's second season while pretending to be her husband Trevor, told Insider this week that she thought Courtney Revolution was the contestant to beat.
Initially, St. Agathe said she expected Chloe Veitch - who came in second place - to take the top spot, but that changed when the contestants had to share what they would do with the prize money before the final ranking.
"The whole time I thought Chloe was going to win," St. Agathe said. "Chloe was very popular of course, influencer status all the time, and I never really heard anyone say anything bad about her. She was always my top. Then we spoke about what we would do with the money, and obviously I was crying and boohooing when Courtney said his piece."
Revolution shared with the group that he would spend the money on his stepdad, who has stage 3 kidney disease.
"After being abandoned by my biological father, he taught me what it meant to be a man," Revolution said during the episode. "Winning means celebrating his life, which he dedicated to teaching me life's greatest lessons."
St. Agathe said she then believed that Revolution was going to win the finale.
"It quickly changed over to Courtney 'cause I'm like, you know what, I feel people are really going to connect with Courtney. I connected with it, I was crying and I felt like he really played the game to better his family's life. And you know, obviously I'm all about family, so that really touched me."
"So I'm like, if anything, I'm pretty sure it would be Courtney," she added. "I didn't think it was going to be me at all."
After it was revealed that Revolution had come in third place, St. Agathe figured Veitch had won after all.
"I'm like, okay it's going to be Chloe, let's be happy for this girl," St. Agathe recalled with a laugh. "Just smile and don't cry, be happy for her because she deserves it too. I really thought that was going to happen."
As for which fellow catfish surprised her the most, St. Agathe said she was most impressed that Lee Swift, 58, was able to successfully pretend to be a 20-year-old for the entire competition.
"I knew River was a catfish but I'm like hold up, this dude is an older man, he's not just a regular person his age trying to be someone else - he's a whole older man!" St. Agathe said. "I was just like, how did you pull that off? I thought he did a great job. I think we were all surprised. It was hilarious."
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