Season 22 of phenomenally hit reality TV series ‘Big Brother’ is an “All-Stars” edition. Fan-favorites from the past seasons return to our screens (and the ‘Big Brother’ house) to fight it out in an epic battle of social strategy. One of those much-loved players is Daniele Donato-Briones (or simply Dani, as fans know her).
This is Dani’s third stint in ‘Big Brother’. She first appeared in Season 8, alongside her estranged father “Evel” Dick Donato (they were final two, Dani placing second and Dick winning BB8). We next saw her and her father competing in Season 13. While her father had to leave early due to personal reasons, Dani played well until she got evicted in 8th place.
Even though Dani couldn’t manage to go far in the game in BB13, her time there was the most memorable one. She found her future husband Dominic inside the BB13 house. Read on to find out if they are still together!
Dani and Donovan: Their Big Brother Journey
Dani returned to the ‘Big Brother’ house with her father, lovable villain Dick, but was soon left alone as “Evel” Dick had to leave the show one week in to attend to some personal issue. Dani wasted no time in making alliances with other players in order to ensure her safe position. One of the highlight relationships for Season 13 was Dani’s close friendship with first-time player Dominic Briones.
At first, Dani didn’t really like Dominic (a 25-year-old college student at that time) because he looked like a troublemaker. Then, while navigating the house politics, Dani and Dominic formed a close friendship. Dominic was the ring-leader of the “Regulators” alliance (which Dani was not part of), and therefore, he was seen as a threat by other players. Dominic was voted out quite early in the game and was only able to go as far as the 11th place, despite all Dani’s efforts to save him.
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This guy is my rock. He deserves an award for husband of the year, except every year. Watching him read books to Tennessee every night, doing housework (the most attractive thing a man can do) taking care of me.. the list is too long for Instagram… I can’t imagine doing this thing called life without him.
After their time in ‘Big Brother’, Dani and Dominic resumed their friendship outside of the BB house and became best friends. Eventually, it blossomed into love and they got engaged in 2012 and married in 2013. Their engagement story is the cutest ever!
Dominic booked a special “behind-the-scenes” tour at the St. Louis Zoo because they both just adore penguins and love how they mate for life. While they were playing with a couple of baby penguins, Dominic turned around and, to Dani’s immense pleasure, popped the question.
Are Dani and Dominic Still Together?
Not only are they still very much together, Dani and Dominic also have a gorgeous little baby girl together. Their first (and only) child was born in August 2018, five years after their wedding.
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I have to say all the news of Kobe has really hit our family hard. Kobe was my first sports idol and a big part of our lives. Those young girls, those mothers, fathers, siblings.. all gone too soon. Life is not fair and I’ll never understand why things like this happen. It’s just so sad. I don’t even know what I would do if Tennessee was taken away from me. After you become a mother you just see things so differently than you ever use to. That child is my whole world and I can’t imagine these families who have to go on now without their babies and loved ones. I cannot even begin to fathom what Vanessa Bryant is going though, or Alexis Antobelli who lost her mother, father and sister. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. We need to live our days understanding that. I don’t know what I would do without my perfect little family but I’m lucky enough to have them today. Count your blessings today and everyday.
They named their baby girl Tennessee Autumn Briones, the name being reminiscent of Dani and Dominic’s first date on a beautiful autumn evening in Memphis, Tennessee. That was the day they realized they had fallen in love and that’s where their daughter’s name comes from.
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Tennessee Autumn, the story you’ve all been waiting for. My husband and I love maps, we have them all over the house. After we first met, Dom was living in San Francisco and I was in Orange County, so we didn’t get to hang out too often. There was a charity event we were both invited to in Virginia and we both decided that on top of a good cause it would be time we got to spend together. So, after a fun weekend in Virginia, we were all waiting for cars to take us to the airport and I looked at Dom and told him to skip his flight and that we should rent a car and road trip cross county. After some pressuring, he agreed. It was pretty much our first date. We drove to a bunch of different states, stopping to see some friends, and stopping to see important landmarks like the worlds largest cross and Hershey park. We had no clothes that were weather appropriate in our luggage, we slept in the car at trucks stops, we were young and clearly not high maintenance. We were in Memphis, Tennessee when it was time to head back home because Dom had to get back for work. I’ll never forget the welcome we got driving in to Memphis with all the flashing lights and music blasting in the streets. We were both so sad that our “date” had to come to an end. I hate to admit it, but I’m a pretty emotional person at times …and I cried, …like a baby. It was a beautiful Autumn evening in Tennessee.. and that’s when we knew we had fallen in love. Yep. We are cheesy. But cute right? I love my husband. And I love our Tennessee Autumn. ♥️ @mapiful makes personalized maps and I was so excited to get this for Tennessee’s room. You can personalize it to any place in the world and put your own words as well. This is one of my favorite purchases of 2018.
Daniele keeps posting beautiful photos of their happy family on her social media. Now that Dani is back in BB22 for “All-Stars”, we’re sure the most difficult part about playing ‘Big Brother’ for her would be leaving her husband and daughter behind for a few months. But we wish her well and hope she doesn’t lose sight of her goal of winning the $500,000 prize money.
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