Painful past. 90 Day Fiancé star Biniyam Shibre was previously married to an American woman named Bria before he met Ariela Weinberg. During his brief first marriage, Bini welcomed a son, Simon, with Bria. When they split, she returned to the United States with their son while Bini remained in his native country of Ethiopia — which led to him being estranged from his firstborn child. But why did Bini’s first wife, Bria, leave with their kid? During a July 2020 episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, the TV personality explained Bria’s reasons for leaving after opening up to Ariela’s mother, Janice Weinberg, about his past. Keep scrolling below to find out more about Bini’s first wife, Bria, and to learn why they split. 

Why Did Biniyam and His First Wife Split?

Biniyam didn’t go into too much detail about their split, but the TLC alum said he was “confused” about Bria’s decision to part ways following the birth of their son, Simon. The Ethiopia native confessed he did ruffle her feathers by talking to another woman, although he said they were just friends. 

To make amends, he apologized to Bria, claiming he “didn’t do anything wrong.” She ultimately blocked him, according to the TLC star, and has since raised their son as a single mother in the United States. 

Biniyam shared rare photos of his firstborn in October 2021, captioning his post, “I can’t believe how much my son has grown. I miss him every single day. I can’t wait to give him a hug and kiss. I can’t wait to hear him call me dad. Please pray for me.” 

Biniyam Son Simon
Courtesy Biniyam Shibre/Instagram

Is Biniyam Using Ariela for a Green Card?

Janice wanted the truth and nothing but the truth during their conversation about his previous relationship with a U.S. citizen. “You were married to an American,” she pointed out during the previous episode. “You find another American, and now, you’re having a baby with another American. I mean, is your plan to come to the United States?”

Biniyam said he was absolutely not using her daughter for a green card.

How Did Ariela React to Biniyam’s Previous Marriage?

The reality star opened up about Biniyam’s past marriage while gathering with her loved ones at their home in the same episode. Ariela had been divorced before, so she was very understanding. 

“Biniyam was previously married to an American woman and our stories bear some similarities,” the freelance writer and editor revealed during a confessional. “She also got pregnant early on in their relationship.”

Ariela also said they were not on speaking terms post-breakup. “She returned to the U.S. with their son, and he hasn’t seen his son face to face since.”

Who Is Ariela’s First Husband?

The New Jersey native met her ex-husband, Leandro, while living abroad in Argentina. After hitting it off, they wed, which allowed him to obtain a spousal visa and relocate to the United States. The exes separated seven years later and finalized their divorce in 2018.  

Why Did Biniyam First Wife Leave 90 Day Fiance Star Explains
Courtesy Biniyam/Instagram

Are Ariela and Biniyam Still Together?

Fans watched Biniyam propose to Ariela in Ethiopia during the season 2 finale of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way after welcoming their son, Aviel, in December 2019. The season 3 tell-all in December 2021 announced that Biniyam had finally obtained his K-1 visa, allowing him to finally travel to the U.S to marry his American fiancé. 

Officially making their debut on season 9 of the original series of the franchise 90 Day Fiancé in April 2022, the pair continue to fuel rumors they’ve already tied the knot. After photos leaked from what seemingly appeared to be captured during a wedding ceremony, Biniyam can be spotted wearing a metallic black and gold jacket while standing next to a rabbi. Baby Aviel was also in attendance wearing a formal suit and was posted by Ariela’s sister, Kristin, playing in the synagogue previously tagged by Ariela’s brother as Congregation Kehilat Shalom, a Jewish worship center based in Central New Jersey.

“Bini wants a big fat Ethiopian wedding and I don’t know,” Ariela previously told E! News in a September 2021 update. “I wasn’t the little girl that dreamed about, ‘Oh one day I’ll wear a white dress and have all these people around me.’ I was like, ‘OK, one day, I’m going to move to Africa and I’m going to have fun, and I’m going to do all these things, and I’m going to do it alone.'”

“And then, now, I’m engaged and I have a baby,” she added. “It’s been an adjustment period for me to think, ‘OK, my life is a shared life now.'”

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