’90 Day Fiancé’: Why Was Brittany Banks ‘Scared’ of Yazan After Arriving in Jordan?
Yazan Abo Horira, a 24-year-old recent college graduate and devout Muslim from Jordan, and 26-year-old Brittany Banks, a model and aspiring rapper from Palm Beach, Florida, seemed to be a mismatch to many 90 Day Fiancé fans.
Brittany was an outgoing person who had a history of dating “older, established gentlemen” and favored ultra-revealing outfits. Meanwhile, Yazan was a conservative Muslim who wanted a traditional family life and followed strict rules in terms of modesty and purity.
Brittany and Yazan’s cultural differences couldn’t have been more obvious on a recent episode of the second season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. Brittany arrived in Jordan—allegedly permanently—and she barely made it out of the airport before Yazan’s temper flared when he caught a glimpse of something in her carry-on bag.
Brittany and her dad had an emotional goodbye
As Brittany prepared to leave the U.S. and head out on a long flight to Jordan, her dad advised her to tell the truth about her legal marriage—which had never been fully ended.
“Be brave. Tell the truth. Okay?” Brittany’s nervous dad suggested as they hugged goodbye.
The 90 Day Fiancé star’s dad admitted he was concerned about his daughter’s ability to blend in with her fiancé’s much more conservative culture.
“Brittany, she’s full of life and excitement,” he said. “But at the same time, that is the issue—that Yazan’s family will not like that. She has to be careful about the decisions she makes while she takes this journey.”
As for Brittany, she knew exactly how much she was risking—and she insisted that she was more than ready.
“I really want to marry Yazan…But the secret about me still being married, it could ruin our relationship, and it could put him and I in a lot of danger,” the 90 Day Fiancé star confessed. “It’s a big, big risk. It’s the biggest risk of my life.”
Yazan and Brittany seemed overjoyed to see each other at first
After her long flight, Brittany was thrilled to greet her fiancé. She told 90 Day Fiancé producers that she fully believed Yazan was ready to accept her as she truly was.
“A lot of people think I’m crazy for coming to Jordan…but I know that Yazan understands that I’m an American girl, and I have my own thoughts and feelings,” Brittany said. She quipped flirtatiously, “And I’m definitely gonna corrupt Yazan.”
As she got off the plane, the Florida native tried to come to terms with the huge change she’d just made. “I’m finally home. This is my home now,” she said incredulously. “It feels amazing to be reunited with him. I feel like Yazan is my little home, home sweet home.”
Yazan greeted Brittany with a bouquet of red roses, telling 90 Day Fiancé producers he was enthralled to have his American fiancée in his arms at last.
“I am very excited that Brittany is coming here,” he gushed. “But she will have to accept our living condition and adapt to us. And change herself in a way she’d be able to live with me here in this country.”
As Brittany and Yazan walked back to his car, he informed his bride-to-be that they unfortunately couldn’t stay together in the same hotel room due to his cultural standards and religious expectations.
The heartwarming moment quickly turned sour when Yazan saw alcohol in Brittany’s bag
But before Yazan and Brittany could truly celebrate her arrival, the night went haywire. According to TLC, Brittany “greeted the crew with hugs” and “exposed a container of alcohol” in her carry-on luggage. This was enough to set off her fiancé.
Yazan immediately began to scream and curse, calling himself an “idiot” and “stupid” for inviting Brittany to his country.
“Why are you acting crazy?” Brittany asked, looking bewildered.
“F*** you, f*** the Brittany,” Yazan yelled. “F*** me. I am so stupid. I said before, you cannot to drink here. And you cannot to talk for people and to hug people.”
Brittany told 90 Day Fiancé producers that she was embarrassed of her fiancé’s behavior. “Well, that was a nice welcome,” she said sarcastically. “I’ve never seen him act like that, and that was kind of scary to me. I just did so much and already have given up so much to be with him. So for him to act like this, I’m not proud at all of his behavior, and I’m actually very disappointed in his behavior.”
Yazan explained that Brittany didn’t seem to be ready to adapt to his cultural traditions. “Look at her. She is fooling me,” the 90 Day Fiancé star exclaimed angrily.
He continued, “F*** me. What an idiot I am. This is exactly what my parents warned me about. Brittany either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the traditions or the country I live in. I risked a lot of things in my life to make this relationship successful. Really, I am an idiot.”
But Brittany clarified that alcohol wasn’t illegal or taboo in Jordan; it was only Yazan’s particular religious traditions that didn’t allow it. “It’s not like alcohol is not accepted here,” she explained. “Of course, I respect his culture and his choices, but at the same time, I am not Muslim.”
The 90 Day Fiancé star added that she wasn’t sure she wanted the marriage to go forward if this was how it was going to be. “Seeing this behavior made me second-guess moving here,” Brittany admitted. “It reminded me of the way my ex behaves. So if he’s gonna behave like my ex, then I don’t want anything to do with him.”