90 Day Fiance Erika Owens Goes Public With New BF
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Love is love! 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Erika Owens went public with her new boyfriend, Chris, following her televised split from Stephanie Matto, and they have continued to flaunt their love on Instagram. The season 4 star introduced Chris to her family and she even revealed their first impression of him. Learn more about Erika’s new flame and their relationship below.

When Did Erika and Chris Confirm Their Relationship?

The TLC alum jumped into the arms of her beau at Australia’s Innes National Park in their dating announcement shared on July 20.

“You make me feel every single colour of the rainbow,” Erika, 24, captioned the snaps showing them holding hands. “I can’t wait to see the world together and make every minute a grand adventure. So thankful and so, so happy.”

The TV personality made sure to address haters as well, letting them know she couldn’t be happier. “P.S. Leave any bi-phobic comments at the door,” Erika added. “I’m still here, still queer and being with this amazing human now doesn’t mean I’m not bisexual and it does NOT invalidate my sexuality. Much love x.”

90 Day Fiance Erika Owens Goes Public With New BF
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How Did Erika and Chris Meet?

Erika revealed she and Chris formed a friendship and strong connection before they explored anything romantic. Interestingly, the first time Chris met her mom was before they were “officially dating.”

Do Erika’s Parents Approve?

During that first meeting with her mom, Chris drove “almost four hours” to visit because he knew Erika “had a really rough week,” she shared on August 10. 

“When he left my mum, [she thought] he was really funny and silly, and [said] she liked that he showed genuine interest in me and the things I love!” the 90DF newcomer gushed. “My dad was sleeping when Chris was here that time, but they just met and dad said he’s great and he has a cute dog.”

Have Fellow 90 Day Fiancé Stars Sounded Off About Their Romance?

Congratulations! You are the sweetest couple,” Varya Malina wrote when the couple went public. Ashley Smith (née Martson) responded with three red heart emojis and Usman Umar, a.k.a. “SojaBoy,” replied with fire and celebratory emojis.

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Why Did Erika and Stephanie Previously Split?

Erika and her former flame, 29, parted ways following a dispute in the May 10 episode of the TLC spinoff. The couple decided to call it quits after Stephanie failed to introduce Erika as her girlfriend to her mother. “It just doesn’t feel right through a computer screen,” Stephanie explained about her decision to hold back. “My mom means a lot to me. I owe it to her to do it in person.” 

Because she had gone through something similar in the past, Erika referenced how she was in an on-off relationship with another girl for 10 years and did not want to be a secret ever again. In response, Stephanie said she didn’t want to be rushed to come out to her mother when she wasn’t ready yet. After they broke up, Stephanie said she would “always love her” and wish her the best.

Stephanie later responded to critics in another message on Instagram Stories and set the record straight about her love life. “Next time you see me and think that I am some prude, heartless, affectionless monster — know that I do love, but I love differently. I show my feelings in other ways, and I am the most loyal and generous person when in love,” the New Yorker wrote in April.  

Although their relationship didn’t end up working out, Erika and her former flame made history as part of the franchise’s first-ever same-sex couple.

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