Money issues. 90 Day Fiancé stars Elizabeth “Libby” Potthast and Andrei Castravet returned to the hit TLC reality TV franchise for season 5 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? When fans caught up with the couple, they had adjusted to becoming parents of one and were planning to have a second wedding ceremony in Andrei’s native country of Moldova. Since he still did not have a full-time job, Libby’s father, Chuck Potthast, paid for the event. But does Andrei have a job now?
When fans were first introduced to Elizabeth and her man on season 5 of 90 Day Fiancé, they were still in a long-distance relationship and waiting for Andrei’s K-1 visa to get approved so he could enter the United States legally as Elizabeth’s fiancé. The Chisinau, Moldova native was living in Dublin, Ireland at the time and working as a bouncer at clubs.
“It is dangerous to be a bouncer, a lot of fights happen. I’m not an aggressive person in general but yes I can stand up for myself, yeah,” Andrei said in his confessional.
In fact, Andrei’s profession, or lack thereof, caused big issues between him and Elizabeth’s dad. Her father was very open about his concern for Elizabeth, and he was worried that Andrei would not be able to provide financially as a husband for his daughter and a father to his grandkids because Andrei did not have any skills that he could use to find work in America.
But Andrei tried to ease his future father-in-law’s worries and explained he had a plan to get his truck driving license so that he could find a job as a truck driver. Unfortunately, Andrei still couldn’t find work after their American wedding, and things got more stressful for the couple money-wise when they found out that Elizabeth was pregnant.
Thankfully, Elizabeth’s dad offered to let them live in one of his rental properties rent-free until Andrei finds work. Since Andrei didn’t want to feel indebted to Chuck, the couple decided to move out of his rental properties and move into an apartment. They did not have enough money in savings for the down payment for the new rental, so Libby asked her dad for help.
During season 5 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? which was filmed in 2019, Libby and Andrei were still living in their own apartment and they were planning to get married again in Moldova so Andrei’s family could attend. The couple got into several fights during the planning process. In a scene that aired in July 2020, Andrei and Libby argued in front of his parents in Moldova over their gender roles in their marriage. Andrei seemed to hint that he wanted Elizabeth to take on a more traditional Moldovan wife role and focus on cooking, cleaning and child-rearing while also working, while the men only focus on work. “Is that why you have a job? Is that right?” Elizabeth taunted her husband.
While visiting Moldova for Andrei and Elizabeth’s second wedding ceremony, Libby’s family dug into Andrei’s past and they learned he worked as a police officer in his country before he was “forced out” and moved to Ireland. Andrei later explained that the police force in Moldova is corrupt, and he chose not to play a role in the corruption which is why he had to quit.
In another episode during the season, Andrei and Elizabeth got into another fight over their family’s income during a family dinner. Andrei insisted he doesn’t work because Libby would prefer him to be a stay-at-home dad. “She asked me to do that because she wanted somebody trustable, and that’s me, to stay home and raise the child while she’s working,” Andrei said.
But Libby insisted that wasn’t true. “Temporarily,” Elizabeth said. Her dad asked if she would prefer Andrei to be a stay-at-home dad or get a job, and she said, “I want him to get a job.” This led to a small fight between the couple, which they brushed under the rug.
When fans caught up with Andrei and Elizabeth during the limited series 90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined in April 2020, the couple opened up about how they had been adjusting to life in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. Libby revealed that Andrei was still not working, and she was the family’s breadwinner. Libby works as a property manager for her father’s real estate business but Chuck has cut her salary “in half each week” at the start of the pandemic. Because of Libby’s pay’s decrease, the couple often fought because of the stress over their finances. It seems fans will have to wait to see if Andrei will find work in America to provide for his family.
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? airs on TLC Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.
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