’90 Day Fiancé’: Stephanie Matto Opens Up About Horrifying Stalker Experience
90 Day Fiancé couple Stephanie Matto and Erika Owens were TLC’s first bisexual couple on the franchise. However, their relationship just wasn’t meant to be, and the two have since parted ways. Matto’s approach to Owens and their relationship was criticized by many fans, who felt as though her personality when face-to-face was different than her personality online. Since then, Matto has opened up about a variety of things, including selling nudes online and her disease. Now, she’s dishing on a terrifying experience — one of her fans stalked her.
Stephanie Matto receives online hate, friend defends her
For a brief period of time, Stephanie Matto deactivated her Instagram following a particularly difficult episode. During Matto’s absence, the 90 Day Fiancé star’s friend took to Instagram to blast the trolls who have been harassing Matto.
Her friend posted a photo of herself and Matto at an airport, and captioned it, “We took this picture at the airport right before Stephanie left for Australia. If I knew then what I know now about how everything was going to be edited and all the hate she would receive, I would have turned that car around and not let her go. With tonight’s episode inevitably just bringing in more scrutiny I decided I was going to take a moment to say what I see from my view.”
“Stephanie, your sexuality and illness do not define who you are. Your sexuality is something you let few of us know for so long and I’m proud of you for sharing it the way you did. … You decided to do this show because it was supposed to be fun for everyone. No one could have foreseen anything that happened or how they would broadcast it,” she added.
Matto eventually made her return to Instagram, and has since spent plenty of time explaining her feeling regarding intimacy and her disease, among other things.
Stephanie Matto opens up about stalking experience
Stephanie Matto took to her Instagram story to open up about a horrible experience she had with an obsessive fan. It seems as though Matto had a dangerous stalker, and she recounted her harrowing experience.
90 Day Fiancé blogger John Yates captured Matto’s story, which shared what went down. Matto wrote, “For the past year I have lived in fear over a man who has made it his mission to make me feel afraid, uncomfortable, and violated.”
Matto added to her story, writing, “No MORE. I am f*cking done. I spent the past year afraid to walk my own dogs at night. Afraid to walk from my car. Afraid to open the door to my apartment. The whole experience traumatized me. AT one point I learned the identity of my stalker and where they worked. That is my only leverage. Hopefully this bullsh*t ends.”
“I will never forget moving into my new apartment last year and getting an email from this creep claiming that he is my neighbor and that he watches me in my window. He even put MY ADDRESS into the subject line of the email. He would make several google voice numbers and send me disgusting, perverted messages. When I wouldn’t answer he would become hostile and threaten to ‘come down to my address,’” Matto added in part.
Matto included additional screenshots of alarming messages and emails she had received from the stalker in question.
‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans react
Fellow 90 Day Fiancé alum Evelin Villegas commented on the post. She supported Matto, saying that women shouldn’t have to feel this way.
“That’s so scary and creepy… I really hope she uses her money, gets a lawyer and at least get a restraining order. It’s so f*cked up how women still walk in fear, we deserve to feel free and live happy without creepers around us,” wrote Villegas. She added the hashtag “metoo.”
“She should really contact the authorities. This is very scary, I’m not a fan but no one deserves to live in fear. I hope things get better for her,” wrote another user.
Not all fans were convinced. One user wrote, “I’ll take things that never happened for $500, Alex.”