‘90 Day Fiancé’: Corey Rathgeber Defends Prom Dress On Instagram

90 Day Fiancé couple Corey and Evelin are preparing to get married in Ecuador, but Corey Rathgeber is facing down an incredibly expensive wedding bill. The planner that Evelin Villegas wants to use is quoting prices from a minimum of $26,000 up to $50,000. So Corey Rathgeber decided he’d try and cut down on costs a little bit by gifting Evelin a dress — a used prom dress. Here’s what went down, and how Corey defended his choice on Instagram. 

Corey and Evelin don’t see eye-to-eye on prom dress

During a recent episode of 90 Day Fiancé, Corey walked into a room to find Evelin and her sisters looking at wedding dresses. He asked what the price range was like, and Evelin Villegas said she had “no idea at all.” Clearly, Corey Rathgeber is concerned about how he’s going to swing this expensive wedding. 

“I am super happy and excited that Evelina and her sisters are looking at wedding dresses because I have a little surprise for her. I thought, perfect timing,” Corey said. “I’ve been hiding it in the back room now for about a year, so it’s a little dirty. I really hope that Evelin’s gonna like it because I really want to impress her and her sisters.”

“So, I want to surprise you with a little something. It’s not chocolate, no. But it does have to do with the wedding so it’s great. And…I got you a little surprise!” said Corey, revealing the dress in its cover.

Evelin seemed surprised and apprehensive to see Corey gifting a dress. He claimed he knew what kind of dresses she liked before showing it to her. 

“Is that a prom dress? It looks like a prom dress!” crows one of Evelin’s sisters. 

“That dress is dirty,” reacted Evelin. 

“It’s a really horrible old, dirty dress,” she told cameras. She then asked Corey why he thought it was a good idea. “Is this dress special to you like is it a family, traditional — then why am I getting this dress?”

“To be honest with you, it was my sister’s prom dress,” Corey admitted.  

Corey Rathgeber defends his prom dress gift

'90 Day Fiancé' stars Corey Rathgeber and Evelin Villegas -- Corey Rathgeber wears a salmon pink shirt, Evelin Villegas a black halter top.
’90 Day Fiancé’ stars Corey and Evelin | TLC via YouTube

The 90 Day Fiancé star commented on an Instagram clip of the scene defending his choice but saying that he could have done it a little better as well. 

“I thought it was a nice dress and it was also free. It was used for prom, but could have easily been used as a wedding dress. I probably should have washed it though,” he wrote, adding a facepalm emoji. 

“Omg that was so funny. Can’t believe Corey brought a prom dress,” Evelin commented on the clip.

Evelin Villegas claps back at ‘90 Day Fiancé’ critics

Evelin Villegas received criticism from one 90 Day Fiancé viewer over her reaction to the dress that she felt was particularly odious. She took to her Instagram story with a screenshot of the user’s Instagram comment and her reaction. 

“Coming from the slums of Ecuador one would think you’d have a little appreciation for the gesture at least and not be such a dismissive jerk. So entitled it’s disgusting,” wrote the critic

“Very rude of you and the people that agree with you to make comments like I am not worth of deserving nice things because of where I come from [sic],” Villegas replied in part. 

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