’90 Day Fiancé’: Deavan Clegg’s Mother Bashes Jihoon Lee, But Fans Wonder What Clegg Brings to the Table

90 Day Fiancé couple Jihoon Lee and Deavan Clegg seemed to be happy after moving to South Korea together, but it seems as if there may be trouble brewing. Clegg does not seem happy with Lee’s career situation. To make matters worse, Clegg’s mother has very high expectations of Lee — expectations that many fans found ridiculous. After hearing what Clegg’s mother had to say, some fans of the show are wondering what Clegg herself brings to the relationship.

Deavan Clegg’s mother has high expectations

90 Day Fiancé fans in their late twenties to thirties were shook after Deavan Clegg’s mother made her expectations of Jihoon Lee clear. 

During a recent episode of the show, Clegg’s mother said of Lee, “At 30, he should already have a house. He should already have a huge savings account.” Many fans were left wondering if her standards are realistic, after realizing that they don’t meet them either. 

One Redditor made a post from the perspective of an American living in South Korea. They suggested that Clegg’s mother doesn’t have any idea what the living situation is actually like there, and that her expectations are totally unreasonable. 

The Redditor wrote, “I laughed when Deavan’s mom said Jihoon is 30 and should already own his own home and have substantial savings, because that is very unrealistic in Korea. In Korea, it isn’t easy for young people to rent or buy a home, which is why it isn’t uncommon for Koreans live with their parents until they get married or enter their 30s.”

They added, “Most Koreans live in high-rise apartments, and renting an apartment in Korea is completely different than in the U.S. You must put down a large deposit which typically ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 (or more). For a family-sized apartment in the region they live, they would likely need a deposit of at least $20,000-$30,000.”

‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans wonder what Deavan Clegg brings to the table

Other 90 Day Fiancé fans felt as though Deavan Clegg’s mother was being ridiculous by only pointing out Jihoon Lee’s alleged failings, but not her own daughter’s. 

One Redditor asked, “Is her daughter taking steps to have a house and huge savings account by 30?”

“I mean for real. What decade are we living in where the sole responsibility falls on the husband/partner, especially when he’s supporting a child from her previous relationship. Her mom is deluded as hell,” replied another user.

Another pointed out that Clegg isn’t very responsible herself, having already had two kids, possibly as a result of contraceptive issues. They wrote, “And at 23 with two kids your daughter should know how to procure and use reliable birth control.”

“And what does she have to say about her daughter who already had one kid and got knocked up again? What is her role in this?” wrote another 90 Day Fiancé fan.

Fan points out translation error for Jihoon Lee

Jihoon Lee and Deavan Clegg of 90 Day Fiancé
Jihoon Lee and Deavan Clegg of 90 Day Fiancé | TLC

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The same 90 Day Fiancé fan who posted about living in South Korea also suggested that TLC may have mistranslated a portion of what Jihoon Lee had to say about his career. 

They wrote, “The last thing I noticed at the end of the episode is that the subtitles didn’t quite match what Jihoon actually said about his job. The subtitles said ‘I don’t really have a real job,’ implying that he lied about having a job. However, what Jihoon really said in Korean is that he doesn’t have anything he could call a ‘job’ or ‘career,’ he just does part-time jobs.”

They went on to clarify, “In Korea, there are two types of jobs, which are usually translated in English as ‘full-time jobs’ and ‘part-time jobs.’ The term ‘full-time job’ refers to salaried positions with a contract, and ‘part-time job’ refers to non-permanent positions in which you earn an hourly wage. That doesn’t mean the hours are part-time; it is merely how that type of job is usually described in English. So when Jihoon says he has a part-time job, it doesn’t mean he’s working part-time hours. It simply means he has a job in which he earns wages rather than a salary.”

It seems as though fans may be receiving the wrong impression when it comes to Jihoon Lee’s work ethic. It remains to be seen how this will all shake out with Deavan Clegg and her mother, however.