’90 Day Fiancé’: Armando Defends Kenneth After Fans Bash Him for Disrespecting Armando’s Culture
Armando Rubio and Kenneth Niedermeier have been a perfect couple for most of this season of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. But last week, cracks started to show in their relationship. After an emotional reunion, it became clear that Niedermeier may not be able to adjust to life in Mexico. Fans began calling Niedermeier out for not being respectful of Rubio’s culture. But now, Rubio is defending his boo.
Kenneth and Armando’s love story
Rubio and Niedermeier were willing to give up a lot to be together. Niedermeier is extremely close with his four children and his grandson. In order to be with Rubio, he put his house on the market and left his kids behind and Rubio came out to his parents so that he and Niedermeier could live together.
Kenneth hasn’t adjusted to Mexican life
In a recent episode, Niedermeier and Rubio were finally reunited. The first night they were together, they were able to be happy in their little bubble but Niedermeier quickly began to notice some differences between his old life and his new one.
“To give up everything for one person…I never would have dreamed I ever would have done something like this in my life,” Niedermeier told the cameras.
“I realize I’m going to have to make a lot of adjustments after moving here to Mexico,” he said later. ”I just hope it won’t take me a long time.”
He made it clear that he wasn’t happy about not having central air and heating or having to drive 30 minutes to get to a bank.
Later, while out, Niedermeier made some comments to the camera about the area they moved to.
“It’s rundown,” he said. “It looks like someplace I would avoid in the States but this is where I’m living now.”
And the problems only continued when Rubio wanted Niedermeier to try some street candy. After arguing that the candy looked dusty, Niedermeier reluctantly agreed to taste it. After putting it in his mouth, he promptly spit it out. He was also disgusted later when Rubio asked him to try rice water at a restaurant.
By the end of the episode, it was clear that the move wasn’t going to be as easy as Niedermeier originally thought.
“I am surprised how uncomfortable I feel because I have been here on vacation but I guess it’s the mindset that it’s vacation, he’s paying and ordering for me,” he said. “But now that I’m here, I’m realizing that this is my life and I can’t live my life through him. Somehow, someway, I have to get by and it’s scary.”
Armando defends Kenneth
Some fans were upset that it didn’t seem like Niedermeier did much research before moving to Mexico and wasn’t as open to trying new things as he should be. But Rubio took to his Instagram stories to defend his boyfriend.
“Rice water does not make my culture,” he wrote. “When it comes to food and drinks, there is always something we all don’t like. It’s life. In my view, there was no ‘disrespect’ in not liking a drink or expecting food to be handled with gloves. It’s a learning process for anyone in a new country! And no you can’t Google-will I like rice water in Mexico? There are things in life you need to ‘live’ for the first time (just not everyone is filmed.) Personally, I’ve always found it funny to see Americans that visit try stuff for the first time (especially spicy) and not necessarily love it and always a good time to see the reactions lol. Find the funny in it, as I did! Let’s smile at life, at new experiences, and at love.”