90 Day Fiance star Erika Owens unloaded her thoughts about filming for TLC’s popular series and seemed to blame ex-girlfriend Stephanie Matto for getting her involved in reality TV. Those two shared their love story with millions of viewers. But, it seems like Erika wasn’t entirely on board with participating. Did Stephanie talk her into it?
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days – Erika Owens Persuaded by Stephanie Matto to Go on TV?
Erika Owens recently spoke about her time filming with Stephanie Matto for 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. Despite saying she cried “most days,” Erika said her filming experience wasn’t a problem. She also said that she and Stephanie had a “lovely crew” that they spent many hours a day with.
However, Erika didn’t know how TV networks operate. The 90 Day Fiance reality star had a few concerns about being on the TLC show. Erika Owens was hesitant to participate. However, she said she was reassured by her “partner” that it would be fine.
It seems like her now ex-love, Stephanie Matto was able to convince her to join. Erika said she takes accountability for deciding to be on the series. But, she said she only made that decision after “a little persuasion.”
Erika Regrets Being on Show – Blames Fanbase
Erika Owens benefitted from being on the show, despite the drawbacks. She’s been using her platform for good causes. However, Erika does regret filming. The 90 Day Fiance TLC star said she would take her decision to join the cast “back in a heartbeat.” Since the ending of her season, Erika has been the target of many trolls body-shaming her and constantly saying mean comments about her appearance.
The hate from fans seems to be the reason why she regrets being a part of the cast. The 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days cast member wasn’t aware of how intense the fanbase can be. Erika Owens admitted she didn’t know how “mean and vile” people can be. She also said that Australian reality television is very different than American.
What Erika went through wasn’t what she expected. She didn’t think the viewers would be so harsh towards her, and that she would constantly have to explain herself.
90 Day Fiance Alum Felt No Support from Network
Erika Owens feels like the network doesn’t give their cast members any support. She said that there was no one “standing up for us” or giving them advice on how to handle what they may face from their appearance on the season. Erika said that it was “like being thrown to the wolves” right from the beginning.
She didn’t know that being on a reality show would mean she had to deal with haters repeatedly bashing her. However, she has been trying to “power through it and grow from the experience.” Erika Owens from 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days isn’t the only TLC star who felt like they didn’t get any support from the network.
Deavan Clegg from The Other Way also claimed that they didn’t look out for her best interests. She felt that they were only concerned about creating a storyline that viewers would want to watch. Deavan’s experience is similar to Erika’s. She also deals with a lot of hurtful comments from fans.
Return to Soap Dirt to catch up on even more of the latest 90 Day Fiance news.