The latest castaway voted off the island says he found a lifelong friend in another contestant

By Steve Helling
Updated March 31, 2015 06:50 PM
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You can always tell when the Survivor editors think something is funny. They play corny music in the background and slap a hashtag on the screen.

Last week was no different. During the sixth episode of Survivor: Worlds Apart, a bromance bloomed between contestants Joaquin Souberbielle and Rodney Lavoie. (“Bromance” isn’t our word; CBS helpfully hashtagged it several times throughout the show.)

The other tribe members, sensing the close bond between Souberbielle and Lavoie, did what any intelligent tribe would do: they got together to vote out Souberbielle, a 27-year-old marketing director from Valley Stream, New York.

Speaking with PEOPLE, Souberbielle talks about what he did wrong – and dishes on that infamous bromance.

We’ll get into your game in a minute, but I have to ask you about Rodney. Do you two really have a bromance going on?
[Laughs] We sure do. It’s real, man. We talk almost every day. I saw him on New Year’s Eve, we popped a few bottles, met some girls. I’m heading up to Boston soon to see him again. It was a match made in heaven!

I’m glad to hear it, but do you think that your closeness hurt you in the game?
Oh, yeah. Without a doubt. It sealed my fate. Everyone saw that we were the real deal, that we trusted each other and were tight. They had to get rid of one of us, and they chose me, which sucks.

So what was it about Rodney?
We just had a lot in common. We could talk about a lot of things. We were always laughing and joking. We were good TV!

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Let’s back up a bit. You weren’t a fan of Survivor before you got on the show, were you?
No. I was recruited for a show I had never watched. I wish I had been able to watch 28 more seasons before I went out there. I had no idea what I was doing. I just figured things out as I went along.

On your first moments on the island, you and So Kim had a choice to be honest or dishonest to your tribe. You chose dishonest. Did that cost you?
It cost So, but not me. She came up with the worst lie in the history of Survivor! It did put me on the outs of my tribe at first, but by day 4, I was fine. Shirin was getting on everyone’s nerves and driving us all crazy. After So was voted out, I got together with Carolyn and Tyler, and the three of us formed a tight alliance.

So if White Collar had lost again, you weren’t going home?
No, Max would have gone home. Carolyn couldn’t stand Max and Shirin by that point, and we would have cut the head off the snake by getting rid of Max.

After the tribal swap, you ended up in the minority of your tribe – and you targeted Joe, another guy in the minority. Did you ever think of teaming up with him and getting rid of one of the Blue Collars?
I didn’t, and it sealed my fate. It never occurred to me to work with Joe.

Because you could have gathered Joe, Rodney, Sierra, Tyler and yourself and voted out Dan – whom Sierra didn’t even like.
It’s easy to Monday morning quarterback, but that never came up as a possibility, and it cost me.

So you were voted out early. What do you think about Survivor now?
It was one of the best experiences of my life. I took a chance to do something, and it was awesome!

Survivor: Worlds Apart airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.

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