’90 Day Fiancé’: Fans Think Deavan Should Rethink Jihoon’s Money Problems From a South Korean Perspective

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way is a spinoff of the popular reality show, 90 Day FinanceIn both versions of the program, two people are matched with a partner from another country and have 90 days to meet and marry. In the original version of the series, one person moves to America in hopes of marrying and receiving a green card that allows them to stay in the country. The roles are reversed in The Other Way, as the American citizen is the one who moves to another country to marry someone and live there. One of the couples that are focused on 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way is American Deavan Clegg and South Korean Jinhoon Lee. The two have had an interesting and somewhat rocky relationship, partially due to their money issues. 

Deavan Clegg looking at the camera, standing outside
Deavan Clegg | deavanclegg via Instagram

Deavan and Jihoon’s relationship

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Deavan and Jihoon had an intense start to their relationship, as they conceived a child on their first night together in South Korea. The two were married during the first season of the spinoff, and the couple is a featured part of the show’s second season. The young relationship has already had a number of difficulties, mostly stemming from Deavan’s growing distrust of her new husband. The two have also had to deal with growing money problems.

Jihoon does not have a full-time job, causing friction between them. The couple has also had various non-money based issues, as Deavan has expressed difficulty in trusting her husband to complete tasks, such as taking care of their home and completing important visa information. There is also the matter of the various secrets that Jinhoon kept from Deavan, including criminal history. The drama between the two has been a focus on the show and has caused fans to wonder if the couple will last throughout the entire season. 

Jihoon’s financial status from a South Korean perspective

Money issues can have a negative impact on any married couple, no matter how dedicated they are to one another. This is the case for Jihoon and Deavan, who have struggled to make money in a competitive South Korean economy. Fans have urged Deavan to consider the difficulties and nuances that many young South Korean people face when dealing with money, and how they differ from the norms in the United States. Deavan has made comments that Jihoon needs to step up and start providing for his family, which includes their child together as well as Deavan’s daughter from a previous relationship.

The couple and their children live with Jihoon’s parents, a living arrangement that Deavan was unaware of before moving to South Korea. Finding suitable housing for a family can be difficult in South Korea, especially for young people like Jihoon who have not had a lot of time to build up the savings needed for a larger apartment. The culture shock that the couples experience on 90 Day Fiance is a major draw of the show and is definitely shown in the relationship between Deavan and Jihoon. 

Reddit user’s discussion of South Korean finances 

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Many Reddit users have taken to the popular website to discuss the differences between earning and saving money in South Korea and the United States. Deavan claims that she had the expectation that she would be able to live as a stay-at-home mother when she moved to live with Jihoon, which has not been the reality of the couple’s lives.

According to members of the Reddit discussion about the couple, living with parents is a common practice in Korea, even until the age of 30 or older. It is common for young professionals to save up before even renting an apartment because putting down a large deposit will lower interest rates. It will be interesting to see how Deavan and Jihoon’s relationship progresses, and if the couple can overcome the financial burdens that they and many other young couples face.