We’ve only just met the 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days Season 2 couples, but one couple is already stirring up some controversy.
Jon and Rachel seem like a simple romance with only a few complications. They’re even both age-appropriate for each other — all too rare on this show.
But … are they trying to pull the wool over the eyes of producers and viewers with a massive fraud?
For original recipe 90 Day Fiance, the premise is that the couple is spending time together in America for the first time — which means that they have a time limit.
90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days does not take place in America. Viewers often get to see the first time that a long-distance couple meets in person.
That is what they supposedly got with Jon Walters, who comes from Cornwall, England, and Rachel Bear, who comes from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
But a number of fan sleuths and conspiracy theorists suspect that Jon and Rachel may have secretly met before the show ever filmed.
They also believe that they were already engaged for a while.
The whole tagline on Jon and Rachel’s shared Instagram, @followourfairytale, is “Our first meeting will be on TLC’s #BeforeThe90Days.”
But, once upon a time, the two of them appear to have had a second Instagram account, titled @supportthefairytale.
That Instagram may not be around anymore, but it looks like they were using it to raise funds from people who supported their long-distance relationship.
Why does it look that way?
Well, because of this GoFundMe that they apparently used to raise funds.
Even if we somehow believed that this was just a GoFundMe set up by two lookalikes who happen to have the same names, we can’t accept that any other couple could take selfies as poorly as these two.
Their financial goal was apparently met, and they raked in $ 1,872.
These funds would presumably be used either for Rachel to fly out to visit Jon or for him to fly out to visit her.
That said, there is no official date, so they could have been raising money for fare for Rachel to fly out for the show.
But the GoFundMe isn’t all that has people wondering if these two met in person before filming ever began.
Then, there are little things — little pieces of phrasing.
The couple celebrated their anniversary on September 1, 2017.
Rachel and Jon wrote on Instagram: “Over a year together before we first met in the flesh.”
They wrote met, in the past tense. Maybe a typo, maybe just their eagerness talking … or maybe they let something slip.
Rachel also shared a photo of her standing with two passports on August 3, 2017.
That was months before filming began (as you may have noticed, they began filming with Rachel some time around the winter holiday season).
Some fans wondered if she was just preparing, or if she rushed to meet Jon before the cameras began rolling.
There’s also this line: “I want to kiss your lips, touch your skin and finally say ‘I do.’ I love you, Jon Walters. I’ll be there soon.”
This was months before filming began.
We know that Rachel and Jon are already married, and tied the knot even before this season began airing, so it’s believable that they had met and were engaged before they were ever on camera.
That said … maybe they were just eager and wanted to line up their money and passports in advance. And maybe they’re just that crazy about each other.