Chantel Jimeno (née Everett) and Pedro Jimeno captivated viewers on 90 Day Fiancé so much that the pair were given their own spinoff — thus The Family Chantel was born. The series documented Chantel’s family’s distrust of her estranged foreign husband and now the couple’s drama-filled divorce — but are the storylines too good to be true? Keep scrolling to find out everything we know about the show’s seemingly producer-created plotlines.
Is The Family Chantel Scripted?
From the famous fight at dinner between Pedro and Chantel’s brother River Everett to Chantel’s yelling matches with Pedro’s mom, Lidia Jimeno, their families have supplied the series with some memorable moments over the years.
While fans on social media are convinced Chantel’s “family scenes are the most bluntly scripted scenes,” there have been instances of storylines seemingly created for the series.
Was Pedro Jimeno’s Family Drama Real on ‘The Family Chantel’?
While the show previously focused on the dynamics between Pedro and Chantel’s families, Pedro set out to learn more about his estranged father in season 3.
Lidia and Pedro Sr started their relationship while he was married and had a family with someone else. His grandmother revealed that Pedro Sr. met his mother while she was walking home from school. “You have to see things the way they were,” Lidia explained to her son in Spanish during a November 2021 episode. “He used to come with a loaded car and if we needed something he would get it.”
However, Pedro Sr. left him and his younger sister, Nicole Jimeno, when he was a child and would periodically appear over the years. After he turned 10, Pedro never saw him again.
On The Family Chantel, Pedro revealed that at around 14 years old, he learned there was a whole side of his father’s family he never met — including a brother with the same name. While his mother refused to answer his questions, the Dominican Republic native turned to his half-siblings for answers.
Following the emotional December 2021 episode, reality TV blogger True Crime Jankie revealed Pedro had already seemingly met his siblings years before the season aired. In a resurfaced social media photo shared in 2014, Pedro, Chantel and Nicole were seen smiling with his half-siblings Pedro Jr. and Jonathan. Fans started calling out The Family Chantel for the seemingly fabricated storyline.
Winter Everett’s ‘90 Day Fiance’ Crossover Story Line
Chantel’s younger sister, Winter Everett has also had her share of love interests on the show. While she previously got engaged to her boyfriend Jah, she ditched the relationship of seven years due to their conflicting beliefs.
On season 4, Winter debuted a new romance. Taking a page out of Chantel and her older brother Royal’s book, Winter was dating someone who lived out of the country and fans weren’t convinced it was genuine.
“I met this man named Masoma. He is 25 years old and he lives in Nigeria,” she explained in a June 2022 confessional. “Masoma reached out to me and it was kind of interesting. I’ve never really talked to someone who is literally in Africa.”
Winter ended the relationship after Masoma made her “feel uncomfortable” by asking for financial help.
Is ‘The Family Chantel’ Stars Pedro and Chantel’s Divorce Drama Real?
Season 4 of the spinoff arguably brought the most drama the series had ever seen, leading to Pedro asking the Atlanta, Georgia, native for divorce onscreen.
After dropping the divorce bombshell on Chantel in an August 2022 episode, Pedro moved out of their shared home just one day later. After he tried to make a purchase for his new apartment, he realized $256,000 had been swiped from his and Chantel’s joint bank account.
In Touch confirmed Pedro filed for divorce from Chantel on May 27, after six years of marriage. He cited the reason for the split as their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” according to court documents obtained by In Touch.
In the filing, Pedro included that Chantel stole money to spite him. Pedro then asked the judge to force his ex to return this money back to the joint business account. He claimed that Chantel allegedly transferred their joint funds into an account with Chantel and Winter’s names. While the judge refused to grant an emergency hearing, there will be a hearing to resolve the dispute.
Mutual restraining orders were also issued at the time. The former couple are “restrained from doing or attempting to do, or threatening to do, any act that injures, maltreats, vilifies, intimidates, molests or harasses the adverse party.”
Just six weeks after Pedro’s filing, Chantel filed her own counterclaims on July 7, accusing her ex of “adultery” and “cruel treatment.” She claimed their “marriage is irretrievably broken with no hope of reconciliation.”
A lawyer for Chantel declined to comment when reached by In Touch regarding Pedro’s claims that she emptied their joint business account.
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