90 Day Fiance star Steven Frend irritated fans who donated to his GoFundMe campaign recently. The reality star turned to the crowdfunding platform in hopes of getting financial assistance for his small family to help bring Olga Koshimbetova and son Aleksandr Frend (aka baby Richie) to America.
The GoFundMe said it was for childcare expenses, but now it seems that Steven might have other plans for the money. Then again, maybe he was just fighting back at an online hater. Here’s what happened when the 21-year-old father of one got into a mini flame war on social media.
90 Day Fiance: Steven Frend’s Comment Bothers Fans
Earlier this week, some 90 Day Fiance followers were outraged by Steven Frend’s behavior online. The reality star was bombarded with criticism after a comment he made clapping back at someone else.
Someone told Steven on Instagram that he should get a “good job” and work for the money instead of crowdfunding on GoFundMe. The comment did not sit well with Steven, prompting him to retaliate.
Steven Takes on Internet Trolls
The 90 Day Fiance alum Steven Frend said they can keep “living paycheck to paychecks” and living for their 401k. He went on to say that he was busy “investing money into stocks and real estate”. Many TLC fanatics took this to mean that Steven is taking the GoFundMe money and using it for a stock portfolio rather than for childcare expenses.
Some others piled on and called his education into doubt and told him to learn a trade and get some “work ethic”. Others said the 90 Day Fiance is being insensitive and disrespectful to others. The person that posted the exchange also said that Olga Koshimbetova should be ashamed of him.
Steven Investing GoFundMe In Stock Market?
But what really triggered fans outrage was Steven Frend implying he’d invest the money he raised. But is this a matter of things being lost in translation? Or could Steven be making a smart money move?
If he takes the money he raised and puts some of it into an investment, that might be the best thing long-term for him, Olga, and their son. On his Go Fund Me page, he listed he’s earning $16 per hour job and there’s his 90 Day Fiance gig.
Maybe the money he put into the investments was from the reality show. Or maybe he didn’t have any investments at all and was just sassing back at someone that bothered him online. Remember Steven is very young and is dealing with a lot of scrutiny.
90 Day Fiance Fans Assume the Worst
Some people are now convinced that the 90 Day Fiance star was playing fans to get money out of them. However, watching this season of the show, it’s clear he didn’t have a pile of money sitting around.
Steven Frend also said on the Tell All show this week that he’d been working hard to make enough money to get Olga Koshimbetova over here. as a 90 Day Fiance, he had to earn a certain income level or find a sponsor – and he had no one that could do that for them. Steven is young with little family. Many other 90 Day Fiance cast members used family members to sponsor their partner’s K1 visas. Steven had to earn the money it takes to bring Olga to the States.
Steven said he’s worked hard to get a job that earns enough to bring her here. Now her visa is approved and she and the baby are on the way. But on the other hand, Steven even assured donors that he and Olga will not spend a dollar of the GoFundMe for personal use. In fact, he has setup a separate bank account for the Go Fund Me money that will be used only for little Richie’s expenses.
A Second GoFundMe
The 90 Day Fiance is no stranger to the crowdfunding platform. Previously, Steven Frend created a GoFundMe to help him travel to be with Olga Koshimbetova for the birth of his son. That was before he was on the TLC show.
The campaign, which is now deleted sought $5,000 to help go to Russia and pay for Olga’s K-1 visa expenses. But now her application is approved despite him delaying initiating the process. And as of today, their latest “Steven and Olga” GoFundMe exceeded its $5k goal.
What do you think? Was this just an online spat? If Steven Frend is investing the money into real estate or stocks, is that a bad thing? Does it matter if he keeps the GoFundMe money in a bank account versus an investment? Watch more drama next Sunday on Part 2 of the 90 Day Fiance Tell All.
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