Are Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre still together? The 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 3 couple seemed to be on the brink of a breakup on the Sunday, October 31, episode. WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
Ariela and Biniyam were introduced to TLC fans on season 2 of the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff. They couple met in Bini’s home country of Ethiopia while Ari was traveling amid her divorce from her ex-husband Leandro Fosque. They quickly hit it off and not long after dating, they learned they were expecting baby No. 1 together. In order for the couple to be a family and raise their child together, the New Jersey native decided to move from America to Africa.
Ari had returned to her hometown of Princeton, New Jersey, to gather her things and prepare to permanently move to Ethiopia. Ahead of her due date, she flew back to Ethiopia with her mother, Janice Weinberg, so her mom could help her move. Janice also wanted to make sure that the home her daughter would be living in with Bini would be suitable for a baby.
Unfortunately, Ari and Janice were not pleased with the state of the apartment Biniyam had hoped to renovate for his family to live. The couple clashed and fought over their cultural differences and the difference in living conditions, but they came together and supported each other when they learned that Ari would have to deliver their baby in an emergency C-section due to a pregnancy complication.
The couple welcomed their son, Aviel, on December 17, 2020. Thankfully, mommy and baby were healthy. Following the birth of their baby boy, Ari and Bini were able to find suitable living arrangements and their relationship improved as they adjusted to their roles as new parents.
Despite the tension, the couple got engaged by the end of their season. Biniyam planned a romantic proposal during Timkat, which is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ, and Ariela said yes.
When they returned for season 3 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, they seemed to be in a better place both in their relationship and in Bini’s home country. They were living together in a three-bedroom house and hired a live-in nanny named Mimi, who help Ariela care for Aviel, keep their home tidy and also gave her cooking lessons on how to make traditional Ethiopian cuisine.
Unfortunately, Bini was struggling to find work amid the coronavirus pandemic. “So, my parents have been helping us,” Ariela revealed during the season 3 premiere.
On top of their financial struggles, Ariela also had invited her close friend and ex-husband, Leandro, to stay with them for an extended visit. Bini was suspicious at first about Ariela’s relationship with Leandro, but after meeting him and seeing how Leandro and Ariela interacted with each other, he felt more secure that their friendship was strictly platonic.
After Leandro returned to the United States, Bini’s insecurities about his relationship with Ariela created more problems for the couple. After taking Aviel to the doctor, they learned that he had a hernia and would need surgery to fix it. Ariela suggested that since she has health insurance in America, and because she felt American hospitals were better equipped than Ethiopian hospitals, she would return home with Aviel so he could undergo surgery in the states. Since the U.S. Embassy was closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Biniyam would not be able to travel to America with Ariela and their son.
“I know Bini is going to be very apprehensive about me wanting to go back to the U.S.,” Ariela said in her confessional on the October 3, 2021, episode. “He’s already so traumatized from when his ex-wife and his son left for the U.S. and they never came back, but as much as I want to do what’s best for Bini, ultimately I know I have to do what’s best for Avi. If that means going back to America, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
Ari went through with her plans to take Avi to the states, and even though Bini was reluctant, he agreed it was the best decision for their son’s health. He made Ari promise him that she would return to Ethiopia after their son recovers. She promised, but things took a turn in the couple’s relationship while Ari was in America.
“It’s been two months since I came to the U.S. for Avi’s surgery and since then, things have really deteriorated between Bini and I,” Ariela said in her confessional on the October 31, 2021, episode. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a bunch of text messages from friends and Bini’s family members saying that they’ve seen him having parties at our house. And then, because Bini’s photos are being synced to my iCloud, I’ve seen all kinds of people, even faces I’ve never seen before, in and out of my house.”
During a tense scene, Ariela accused her fiancé of cheating on her with other women and told him that she decided she will not return to Ethiopia. Even though he vehemently denied the accusations, it didn’t stop Ari from giving Bini an ultimatum: either they split and work out a custody arrangement for their son, or Bini agrees to move to the nearby country of Kenya so the couple could have a fresh start and work on their relationship.
Bini protested Ari’s ultimatum, but it seems like he eventually agrees because the couple still seems to be together in 2021. Biniyam confirmed he and Ari and going strong during his appearance on The Domenick Nati Show on February 8, 2021. He also revealed they are still looking forward to getting married. The TLC personality said he and Ariela don’t have any “plans” to have more kids right now, but he wouldn’t mind having a “baby girl” at some point.
More recently, the couple were spotted together in the United States as rumors swirled about Bini’s possible move to America. In August 2021, Ari was spotted in the crowd cheering her man on in an MMA fight in the New Jersey area, according to photos and videos posted by fan page 90 Day The Melanated Way. Bini further fueled rumors that he’s living with Ari and their son in the U.S. when he updated his Instagram bio to reveal his P.O. number in Plainsboro, New Jersey — which is only one town over from Princeton, which is where Ariela’s family currently resides and where she was raised.
Fans will have to wait to see how Ari and Bini overcome this next obstacle in their relationship.
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