Why Kenneth and Armando Joined 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way As the Show's First Gay Male Couple

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way's Kenneth shares why he and his partner Armando agreed to be on the show.
By Chris Harnick Jun 15, 2020 4:30 PMTags
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Since its debut in 2014, 90 Day Fiancé and its many spinoffs have featured heterosexual couples exclusively. That changed in 2020 with 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days season four when Stephanie and Erika became the franchise's first same-sex couple.

The two ladies, who identify as bisexual, met for the first time in person in Erika's native Australia. While their time together was marred with conflict, they still broke new ground for TLC. Now it's Kenneth and Armando's turn.

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season two has the popular franchise's first male same-sex couple. Cameras followed Kenneth, 57, as he embarked on a new life with his online beau, 31-year-old Armando, in Mexico. The two met in an online support group for gay fathers. Kenneth has four adult children and a grandchild and said he was a fan of the franchise before signing up to share his story.

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"I watched a couple seasons of it, I thought it was great," Kenneth told press on a recent call. "Of course, I never dreamed I could be on a show like that."

But once he saw The Other Way, the series where Americans move to a foreign country for love, he thought, "Heck, that's exactly what I'm doing," so he asked Armando about trying it out.

In addition to being the first male-sex couple, they're also the first interracial same sex couple. Being the "first" didn't add any additional pressure, Kenneth said.

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"We both went into this wanting to tell our story. We want to show our love and we want people to see that. I said in one of the teasers, love is a powerful thing. Love can stop wars. We're hoping that love can melt hearts and love can open minds," Kenneth said.

He added he hopes viewers "might tune in and watch out story and they might change their minds and open their hearts even wider."

Armando is a native of Mexico with a young daughter. He said he was keen to keep his child close to his family. Armando detailed his story in the 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season two premiere. He married a woman and had a child, but continued to grapple with his sexual orientation the whole time. After separating from his wife and coming out to his family—who weren't accepting—Armando's ex passed away in an accident. Kenneth said viewers will see some additional reasoning behind Armando's decision to stay in Mexico and not move to the United States with Kenneth.

"We have the same-sex relationship with us, so that's mostly what I've seen out of other people…I never really thought of it was interracial, to be honest with you," Kenneth admitted.

Kenneth said he and Armando went into the show prepared to encounter audience members with bias and homophobic responses. "I have thick skin and I can handle it," he said. However, Armando hasn't been out as long as Kenneth, so there was some struggle, Kenneth said. "It's been really eye-opening for me."

Meet the rest of the couples below.

Tim and Melyza

Tim, 34 from Dallas, Texas, met Melyza, a 29-year-old from Colombia, while out at a bar. They hit it off right away while Melyza was working as an au pair in the United States. She planned to move to Texas after dating long distance, but Tim did something to lose Melyza's trust, so to prove his love for her, Tim is moving to Colombia.

Kenneth and Armando

Kenneth, a 57-year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida, met Armando, a 31-year-old from Mexico, through a gay father support group. After realizing their bond was too strong to deny, Kenneth decided to leave everything behind to be with Armando and his daughter in Mexico. But Armando's family is not accepting of his sexuality and they do not know about his relationship.

Ariela and Biniyam

Ariela, a 28-year-old from Princeton, New Jersey, is a recent divorcee who had no plans to fall in love again. Then on a trip around the world, she met Biniyam, a 29-year-old from Ethiopia. She stayed with him for months and found out she was pregnant. She decided to return to Ethiopia so Biniyam could be there, but the living conditions and healthcare system where Ariela will give birth and live with her new family have her and her family nervous for the big move.

Jenny and Sumit

They're back! After the drama around Sumit keeping his arranged marriage a secret from Jenny in season one, Jenny, 61, left India and returned to her family in the United States. Now, she's ready to move back to be with Sumit, 32, who is promising to never lie to her again. Sumit plans to divorce his wife, so now Jenny is heading back to India with hope.

Brittany and Yazan

Brittany, 26, hails from Palm Beach, Florida and is preparing to move across the world to Jordan for Yazan, 24. The two met through a video chat set up by Yazan's sister and felt it was love at first sight. Now, the two must overcome their cultural differences—Yazan is a devout Muslim and Brittany has no plans to convert to Islam—to live happily ever after together. Will Brittany's free spirit rub Yazan's conservative family the wrong way? Plus, Brittany is keeping a secret that could ruin everything.

Deavan and Jihoon

Viewers met Deavan, 23 and Jihoon, 29, in the first season of The Other Way. Now she's ready to fully make the move to South Korea with her two kids, but upon arrival, it's evident the two have many obstacles to overcome, including the language barrier.

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way airs Mondays, 9 p.m. on TLC.

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