After being picked by The Amazing Race producers based on their Facebook profiles, Aja and Ty set off on a race around the world, but were eliminated Sunday, leaving just six teams competing for the $1 million prize. The spunky, long-distance daters Aja (from Los Angeles) and Ty (from Detroit) always seemed to be struggling to keep up — especially on their final leg, when they ended up on a late flight from Auckland to Cambodia, leaving them with virtually no chance. Their airy relationship and pleasant demeanor may have tuned some drama-loving viewers out, but they made friends on the show. “Dallas was a great guy,” Aja says. Talking to PEOPLE after their elimination episode, the couple say that they still love each other despite “bumpy moments,” reveal what you didn’t see on TV and fill us in on what’s next for them. “Why can’t I be Brad Pitt?” Ty asks. — Nicholas White
What did you learn about each other during the Race?Ty: Aja is not as competitive as I would have liked. But I think it gives me good balance. You find yourself stressed out a lot and you need that person to be able to calm you down. She was able to do that. Aja: I enjoyed it. It was difficult for me at times. He was able to run fast and harder than I could. He was able to handle the bags on our backs a lot better than I could, which is why he ended up carrying mine sometimes. I’ve never really been athletic.
How’s your relationship now? Ty, you moved to L.A.?Ty: It had its bumpy moments. I don’t know any relationship or anybody that wouldn’t have their small hiccups following the Race. But we’re doing really well. Aja: He moved to L.A. right after the Race. Leaving Detroit for a month, to be able to see something else, and travel around the world together, he didn’t have too much of a desire to go back. I don’t know that we will stay living together. One of his best friends is moving to L.A., so we might be separated in a couple of months. Not to end the relationship, but to just live separately. I already had a roommate before he moved. It’s different. Even though she knows him, I’m sure there’s part of her that misses walking around in her underwear.
What would you like to do in L.A.?Aja: He came back here and took some great pictures. This guy should be a model. I don’t know what he’s waiting on. Ty: This is probably the only reality show I’d want to do, outside of Survivor. If things are presented to me, whether it be acting, modeling, or hosting, I’d be a fool to say I don’t want to be a part of it. Aja: He’s looking into signing a print agent. He’s not one of those who is like, “I’m going to be the next big star.” I feel like some after they get done with reality TV, they think they are going to be the next Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. Ty: Why can’t I be Brad Pitt? Aja: I’m not saying you can’t be Brad Pitt, babe. You and he look exactly alike.
Which remaining teams were your favorite and least favorite?Ty: Nobody rubbed me the wrong way, other than Starr. Nothing personal, it was in the context of the Race. My favorites have to be Terence and Sarah, and Dallas and Toni. I love Kenny. Aja: I like Kenny too. I didn’t especially care for Tina. She was a little manipulative and fake. At every Pit Stop, she came up to me and rubbed my back, and said “How did you do?” You’re like, “What is this lady doing? We’re not friends.” Kelly and Christy were my girls. I really like Terence and Sarah, for the most part. I didn’t like Nick and Starr. Their energy was hot. I like Dallas and Toni a lot. Dallas was a great guy.
What didn’t we see on the show?Ty: When we got a flat tire, we also got pulled over that day. It was a series of things that derailed our momentum. Aja: They also didn’t show that Dallas stopped to help us with a flat tire for a few minutes. That said a lot about his character. It should have been shown. Ty: He also did that for Terrence and Sarah on a previous episode. They didn’t show us in the beginning because we weren’t bickering. We were having fun and enjoying the ride. Once we started to bicker, that’s when we started to get more airtime.
Why did you get pulled over?Ty: We got off the plane at 3 a.m. I’ll take full responsibility for this. Naturally, you want to be on the other side of the road. I was driving on the wrong side of the road. Aja: I told you to turn last minute, too. I take partial responsibility. Monty Brinton/CBS