90 Day Fiancé Cast Members Who Have Converted to Their Partner’s Religion
90 day fiance Season 9 newcomers Yve Arellano and Mohamed Abdelhamed left fans spellbound last month after the pair visited a local mosque together in Yve’s home state of New Mexico. Mohamed revealed what he was looking for in a significant other, insisting that Yve is ready to convert to Islam because he doesn’t want to marry someone who doesn’t want to give him priority. Viewers are curious to know if the independent Yve will give in to his request, if they marry despite their religious differences or if they call things off.
For some people 90 days couples, cultural differences can be insurmountable obstacles, especially when they are deeply rooted in religion. However, for a select few relationships, these issues are resolved when one partner is willing to embrace the other’s faith. These reality stars have converted — or at least considered converting — to their partner’s religion, with many changing the course of their relationships in the process.
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When Libby traveled to Andrei’s homeland of Moldova for the couple’s second wedding ceremony, she was surprised to learn that she would need to be baptized into Andrei’s Orthodox Christian religion to let their weddings take place.
Libby was not enthusiastic about converting, nor did she appreciate the short notice given to her to prepare. She said of her commitment to Andrei’s faith, “I don’t really know what it’s going to be like, but I’m ready to do this so we can move on and end our marriage.” Libby performed her baptism unenthusiastically and the couple remain happily married. They are currently expecting their second child together.
Aleksandra and Josh may have had a rough start, but they’ve grown into one of 90 days warmest couples. Josh, who is a devoted Mormon, met Russian go-go dancer Aleksandra while on a mission trip to the Czech Republic, where she was studying at the time.
Aleksandra was an atheist who loved the nightlife when she met Josh. Once they decided to start a relationship, she converted to Mormonism and gave up partying. When she moved to the United States, she even stayed at her grandmother’s house, while he stayed with his parents, out of respect for his family’s strict values. The couple are still married, Josh has since become a doctor and they have a daughter together.
Despite their age difference, Kirlyam and Alan have become one of the greatest 90 days couples of all time, and their origin story is also rooted in religion. Alan is Morman and he met Kirlyam’s family on a mission trip to her native Brazil when she was a child.
Kirlyam and her family did not convert following Alan’s missionary journey. They had already converted to Mormonism a few years earlier. Years later, when Kirlyam was an adult, the two reunited in Brazil and developed feelings for each other. According to In Touch, the couple have since clarified that they were not romantically involved in any way until nearly a decade after they first met, when Kirlyam was of legal age.
Much like Kirlyam, Avery did not convert to marry her husband, Omar Albakour. At the age of 18, Avery, who was raised as a Christian, became interested in Islam after learning about it from a work friend. She chose to convert and met her Syrian partner, Omar, through a Muslim marriage app a few months later.
Ex-cheerleader Avery has embraced Islam and often uses her social media accounts to break stereotypes about the religion and explain its many rich traditions. The couple lived together in Dubai until Omar’s visa was approved and they now live in New Jersey.
Alina and Steven Johnston often argued about religion on the air. Steven is a Mormon and claims to be strictly religious. However, during the show, it was revealed that he broke many commandments of his faith, including having premarital sex with multiple previous partners.
Alina was, understandably, angry as she planned to devote herself to Mormonism for Steven – who insisted that she convert before marriage. The couple eventually got married knowing that Alina would convert once she returned to Russia. At this time, it is not known if this has happened. Alina’s mother even warned Steven about his hypocritical religious views. However, instead of listening, he also tried to convert her to Mormonism. Steven is one of the many stars who should have listened to their parents on 90 days.
Ariela is Jewish and Biniyam is Orthodox. During the show, Bini, whose family is very religious, wanted to baptize the couple’s baby, Avi, in her faith. Ariela did not like the idea of Avi being baptized into a faith that believes in hell, as hell is not a concept in her religion.
After many back and forths, Ari reluctantly agreed to allow the baby to be baptized. However, just before the ceremony, the couple learned that Ari also needed to be baptized in order for Avi to be welcomed into the faith. Under pressure from Bini and her family, Ari nearly performed the ritual but, in the end, the priest was able to baptize the baby without her converting. Fans wonder if the question of religion will come up again as the couple’s wedding date approaches.
Mohamed Abdelhamed is certainly not becoming one of the friendliest stars of 90 days ninth season. He criticizes Yves’ friends, her clothes and her lifestyle and wants her to convert to Islam. Doctor Yve, who is more than 20 years older than her Egyptian fiancé, Mohamed, is not interested in converting. After visiting a local mosque, she said reasonably, “Know that I will always support your desire to have a religious life in whatever religion you choose, but I want the same. [from you].”
However, Mohamed is not happy with this response and thinks she should prioritize her needs and convert. Mohamed seems to be preparing the ground to give Yve an ultimatum regarding his conversion. Yve, on the other hand, does not seem to be swayed by his insistence.
Shores of Brittany
Brittany Banks and Yazan Ab0 Horira were an unlikely pair from the start. Instagram model and rapper Brittany met Jordanian Yazan via video chat. Her sister and Brittany’s sister both lived in the same apartment in the United States, and Brittany was sometimes present while the sibling Facetimed internationally.
However, Yazan, a strict Muslim, insisted that his future wife convert to Islam immediately, at one point giving her a three-day window to complete her conversion. Brittany was apprehensive, as her lifestyle clashed with her family’s conservative values, and her parents were very unwelcoming to her when she went to visit Jordan. At the end of the day, Brittany chose not to convert and the relationship ended.
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