90 Day Fiance Star Erika Owens Addresses Skepticism Over Stephanie Matto’s Sexuality

This season of 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days was one hot mess. And I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. After all, isn’t that why we watch? Part of the reason this season was so messy was the fact that NONE of the couples got along. Sometimes it was hard to believe they were in love, much less in like with each other.

One such couple that had problem after problem was Erika Owens and Stephanie Matto. Erika is a colorful (literally) Aussie and Stephanie is her uptight  girlfriend from Yonkers, New York. Further complicating matters is that neither of them were officially out as bisexual to their parents. It seemed like Stephanie didn’t want to admit anything to her conservative mother either way. Coupled with ongoing trust issues, they did nothing but fight during Stephanie’s visit to Australia. But one noticeable story line was Stephanie not wanting to touch or be affectionate with Erika. Stephanie later claimed it was because of medication but some aren’t buying it.

90 Day Fiance fans have taken to social media to question Stephanie’s sexuality. Now Erika is speaking out on the matter. She recently told Entertainment Tonight, “Honestly, I can only speak for my experience and who I am. Sexuality is a very personal thing, and sometimes it takes, like, exploring yourself to be able to figure that out, you know? It sucks that at some points, it felt like the figuring out of things was at my expense, but I’m not gonna sit here and say that she is something or she isn’t, because that’s her own personal journey.”

Regardless of their personal issues, Erika is defending  Stephanie. She continues,”I don’t think it’s fair for them to say that in the first place to a stranger and secondly, you know, to even make a judgment in the first place. Of course, like, people can have their doubts or whatever, but like I’ve mentioned before, this is Steph’s journey and its no one’s place to, like, publicly go for her.”


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Erika maintains that she had no intention of pressuring Stephanie to come out. She adds, “Obviously, the breakup was very intense and it didn’t start off that intense and then it kind of spiraled very, very quickly.”

Erika admitted, Once we shut the cameras off, I was not in a good place for a while after that. After the bowl throw, I actually sat in bed for quite some time and I was just crying. It was not good mentally for me. I wouldn’t say I was fearing for my life or anything, but you know, it was a very intense moment that really startled me and kind of put me in a very negative head space that was not great. … For a couple of weeks after that I was not OK.”


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I think it’s fair to say that Stephanie’s transparency about her sexuality didn’t cause the breakup. Erika and Stephanie were rocky from the jump. But how much of her hesitation in coming out actually contributed to an already rift in their relationship?


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