“It’s been a few months since we’ve been back from the Dominican Republic and now that we’re back to normal life at home, Pedro and I are just trying not to get swept up in family drama and focus on day to day life together,” Chantel, 29, said in her confessional in the clip obtained by Entertainment Tonight. “My focus right now is school and passing my exams. Graduation is a few weeks away and I am so done. It’s time. This is a start of a new chapter in our life.”
“Because, let me explain. Because Chantel finished school, we can buy a house. I want to start school. I don’t want to spend all my life working in the warehouse. It’s like a big dream. American dream,” Pedro said. “Pinky, in America, you need to think big!”
Chantel hit back with a sassy response. “Tell your family they have to think small cause they’re on a small island, so stop asking for money so we could live big,” she said with a smile.
The couple have faced family tension ever since they were first introduced to fans on season 4 of the hit reality TV franchise. The nursing school student does not get along with her mother-in-law, Lidia Jimeno, and sister-in-law, Nicole Jimeno, because she feels they pressure Pedro into sending them money, buying them expensive gifts like TVs and computers and paying for their three-bedroom apartment in the Dominican Republic.
Chantel previously revealed during 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? season 4 that Pedro sends about $300 a month for his mother and sister. When the couple returned to the 90 Day Fiancé franchise for the limited series Self-Quarantined in May, they fought over the size of their one-bedroom apartment vs. the size of Lidia and Nicole’s.
“I’m tired of being in the house. It’s so claustrophobic to me,” she said. “So we have the kitchen and we have this … um … sofa and the coffee table.”
But Pedro explained it the American dollar goes a lot farther in the Dominican Republic. “That’s 10 percent the price we pay here,” he replied.
Season 2 of The Family Chantel premieres on TLC Monday, October 12 at 10 p.m. ET.
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