’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way’: The Terrifying Circumstances that Brought Biniyam to America
Ariela and Biniyam are bringing 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way viewers to Ethiopia for season 2. In the third episode, Ariela revealed that her fiancé was once in a relationship with a woman from America. As it turns out, Biniyam actually visited this ex in the U.S. under truly terrifying circumstances.
Biniyam and Ariela’s story on ’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way’
Ariela is a freelance writer from Princeton, New Jersey who works for her father’s cardiology office part-time. And her fiancé, Biniyam is a martial artist and choreographer from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Ariela reveals that she first met Biniyam when she was visiting the country after divorcing her Argentinian husband of 10 years.
“I was waiting for a taxi outside a local hotel and I saw a very attractive guy I yelled out, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere?’ and it actually worked,” Ariela says. “I desperately did not want a boyfriend at the time that I met Binny, because I definitely did not need the responsibility of being in a relationship. I did my best to avoid him — but every time, I would call him again and ask him, ‘Oh can you come over, what are you doing?'”
After reluctantly dating Biniyam for three months, Ariela found out that she was pregnant. She felt “scared” about the pregnancy, so Ariela left Biniyam behind and returned to the U.S. to get better prenatal care for her baby.
Biniyam can’t come to the U.S
On 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Ariela confirms that she’s going back to Ethiopia to deliver the baby because she wants Biniyam to be there for the birth. After talking to her attorneys, she says this is the only way they can be together.
“I consulted with several lawyers hoping that Binny would be able to move to the U.S. to be with me in time for the birth of our son, and all of them told me that it would be a very difficult and long process,” Ariela explains. “I think it’s really important for both parents to be present at the birth. So the only way we can do that is by me moving to Ethiopia.”
’90 Day Fiancé’ star Biniyam was in the U.S. for the birth of his first son
On the latest episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Ariela tells her family that Biniyam was once involved with another American woman, and has a 2-year-old son by her. She doesn’t reveal more details on the show. But after some internet digging, it looks like Biniyam visited the U.S. for the birth of his first son.
According to The Hawkeye, in 2017, federal lawmakers allowed Biniyam to come to America for his baby’s birth. During his ex-wife’s ultrasound, doctors diagnosed the unborn baby with a rare birth defect. The report suggests that Biniyam’s baby was diagnosed with gastroschisis, a defect in which the baby’s intestines grow externally outside of the body.
According to the report, Biniyam met his ex-wife, Bria, in a night club in Addis Ababa, while she was working there for a humanitarian organization. Like Ariela, she returned to the U.S., for prenatal care with the plans on delivering her baby in Ethiopia. But after learning about the baby’s conditions, she decided to give birth in America.
After a few initial visa denials, with the help of Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, Biniyam was able to come to Iowa for the birth. He and his ex were married for the second time in a New London, Iowa church after their baby was born, and eventually moved back to Ethiopia together.