’90 Day Fiancé’ Season 9: Why Does Jibri Live in South Dakota?

90 Day Fiancé Season 9 has brought fans some dynamic couples. One of these couples is Jibri Bell and Miona. Jibri met Miona in Serbia while performing with his band, Black Serbs. The couple frequently spoke about visiting New York and Los Angeles together. However, when Miona arrived in the United States, she discovered that she and Jibri would be living in South Dakota indefinitely. Learn why Jibri lives in South Dakota.

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Jibri and Miona in Studio for TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé Season 9 | TLC

’90 Day Fiancé’ Season 9 explains why Jibri lives in South Dakota

Jibri has stood out since the premiere of 90 Day Fiancé Season 9 with his bright-colored suits and cowboy hats. He seems perfectly content in his hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. However, fans can’t help but wonder what a world-traveling musician is doing in a small town in South Dakota.

During an interview with Rapid City Journal, a newspaper from his hometown, Jibri opened up about his childhood in South Dakota. He said that he and his mother, Mahala, moved from Chicago to Rapid City when he was only five years old. They moved to be closer to his aunt and uncle. However, he said that growing up in South Dakota wasn’t always easy, especially as a bi-racial child.

“It was really hard for me to find my voice in Rapid City,” said Jibri. “Especially as somebody who’s a bi-racial black kid growing up in South Dakota. There was only a couple of us, and I really, really had a hard time.”

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’90 Day Fiancé’ star Jibri Bell opens up about his childhood

Jibri admitted that, while navigating his life as a teen in South Dakota, he started skipping school and getting into fights. Eventually, he went to the Human Services Center in Yankton, South Dakota — a licensed specialty hospital and the state’s only public psychiatric hospital. He was also frequently in the Pennington County Juvenile Detention Center.

When he was 16 years old, Jibri’s mother sent him to STAR Academy, a juvenile correctional facility located in Custer, South Dakota. Jibri said that it was during the bus ride to the facility that he decided to change his life.

“…I just was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want this lifestyle, I don’t want to get in trouble. I don’t want to be this person,'” said Jibri.

He served almost 90 days at STAR before returning to his high school in Rapid City. But it wasn’t until he met his high school best friend and bandmate, Daveed, a refugee from Serbia, that Jibri started coming into his own. He and Daveed formed their band, the Black Serbs, and they’ve been performing ever since. With Daveed, Jibri traveled to Serbia for the first time. During one of his trips to Serbia, Jibri met Miona.

How did Jibri and Miona meet?

During the same interview, Jibri shared how he and Miona met. He said that he was performing with the Black Serbs at the EXIT Festival in Serbia when he met Miona. Jibri noticed her in the crowd at one of his concerts, and the two started traveling together shortly after. Before long, Jibri proposed to Miona, and the rest is 90 Day Fiancé Season 9 history.

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