’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way: Ariela Reveals the Real Reason Biniyam Cut Off His Dreadlocks

Ariela Danielle is not excited to be in Ethiopia with her boyfriend Binyam Shibre on this season of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. Some fans think she’s over him because he cut off his dreadlocks. But Ariela finally cleared the air and revealed the real reason Biniyam chopped his hair and how she supported him.

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The ’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way’ stars met in Ethiopia

Ariela, who lives in Princeton, New Jersey, met Biniyam on a trip to Ethiopia. In the first episode of this season of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, she reveals that she saw him on the street and called out to get his attention. 

The two started dating, and about three months into their relationship, Ariela discovered she was pregnant. She traveled back to the United States for prenatal care and hoped Biniyam could get a visa and join her for the delivery. But when Ariela realized he wouldn’t be able to come, she reluctantly decided to go back to Ethiopia to give birth. 

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Ariela reacts to Biniyam’s new appearance when she returns

When Ariela and her mom land in Addis Ababa, Biniyam is waiting at the airport with flowers. After a nearly 24-hour journey, Ariela is exhausted. But when she sees Biniyam, she gives him a big hug. 

After a few minutes, Ariela runs her hand over Biniyam’s hair. He’s cut off his dreadlocks, and Ariela tells him she loves it. But in confessional, she 

“Biniyam looks totally different,” she says in a confessional. “We haven’t seen in each other in three months, and before then he had really long dreadlocks which were what made me notice him right away. And now he looks so skinny and he cut his hair. It’s like I’m looking at a stranger.”

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Some ’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way’ fans think Ariela is falling out of love with Biniyam because he cut his hair

In a recent episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Ariela’s mom goes back to the United States, leaving Ariela feeling lonely and anxious. She tells Biniyam she isn’t sure how she feels about Biniyam because she hasn’t seen him for so long. But some fans think that she just doesn’t want to be with him because of the change in his appearance, especially his hair.

“As for Ariela’s weird reaction to Biniyam’s physical appearance, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way when she said that the last time she saw him he was bulkier and had dreadlocks, which attracted him to her in the first place,” one Reddit fan wrote

“I’m not sure how to say this, but I kind of feel like she was into his ‘ethnic’ look with his dread, accent, washboard abs,” another Redditor expressed. “But you’re telling me they never talked and ‘hey I’m getting a haircut’ was never said.”

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Ariela reveals why Biniyam really cut his hair and says she knew about before-hand

After getting a lot of flack about her comments on Biniyam’s hair, Ariela took to Instagram to clear the air. The 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star first addressed the fact that she didn’t have a negative reaction to his appearance, and was actually quite supportive of it. She also noted that she had already seen his haircut in photos and on video chat before she arrived in Ethiopia.

Ariela then revealed the real reasons Biniyam chopped his dreads in the first place. She said he had been getting ready to compete in a sports competition in Brazil. But he also cut his hair because it reminded him of his ex-wife. 

“I think also he didn’t want to be reminded of his ex-wife who was the one that liked dreadlocks and told him to get them in the first place,” she said in the Instagram story. “I think it was kind of like a way to get over his past relationship. So I was really supportive of it, and I loved it.”

In a preview for upcoming episodes of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Ariela and Biniyam have their baby early in Ethiopia. It’s unclear if the two stayed together after the baby, so fans will have to keep watching through the season to find out.