Before meeting Biniyam Shibre, 90 Day Fiance star Ariela Weinbergwas married to her first husband for 10 years. Not too much is known about Leandro, but a Reddit user with the name TooBad9999 shared a few pictures of the former couple.
The photos were taken in a park and seemed to occur while Leandro was in the middle of picking up trash. The thread was simply named, “Ariela and her ex-husband Leandro.” It wasn’t clear where the photos originally came from, though Reddit users tried to decipher the former couple’s body language in the comment section.
As noted by ScreenRant, Weinberg–now 28–met Leandro when she traveled to Argentina with her mother Janice. In Touch Weekly added that she lived there from the ages of 17 to 19. Leandro is a physics graduate student in the United States, Reddit user TooBad9999 claimed.
Weinberg brought Leandro — whose last name is not known — to the U.S. on a spousal via. In a recent Instagram post, Weinberg claimed that she lived in Argentina for seven years.
“I would like to clarify something. I lived in Argentina for almost seven years,” she wrote. “I have family all over the world, including Guatemala, Spain, Italy, Canada, Ukraine, ECT.”
The TLC star and Leandro tied the knot but split seven years after their marriage, with their divorce being finalized three years later in 2018. “I was young and immature and I definitely rushed into a responsibility that I wasn’t ready for,” Weinberg previously told TLC cameras in a confessional. She said she wanted to travel the world and left Leandro.
Although Leandro didn’t appear in previous seasons of “90 Day Fiance: The Other Way,” the Argentinian native made his debut during season three. He came to Ethiopia to meet Shibre and his ex’s 19-month-old son, Avi.
Weinberg revealed she and Leandro are “best friends” and speak all the time. Even though she knows it’s uncommon in Ethiopian culture to host your ex in your new partner’s house, she said it was important for her to see Leandro.
What Shibre didn’t know before he agreed for Leandro to come was that Weinberg stayed with Leandro in New Jersey when she was pregnant with Avi. Weinberg was outed by her sister-in-law after she found out Leandro was coming to Ethiopia. Like Shibre, his sisters were not thrilled about Weinberg’s ex coming for a visit.
Shibre was suspicious of why Weinberg was dressing nicely for her ex. She got her nails done, wore a dress and did her hair.
Weinberg accused Shibre of being jealous, but he noticed that she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring on the day Leandro was coming to visit. “It’s very important that you wear your ring,” he told her.
“Sometimes I don’t wear it when I go to the nail salon,” she said. “It was an honest mistake.”
Shibre left the nail salon to fetch the ring. “The ring I surprised Ari with it was very cheap, under $1 dollar,” he said. But the performer noted that even if the ring was made of grass she should always wear it.
Weinberg maintained that leaving the ring at home was an honest mistake, but Shibre wasn’t so sure.
How Did Weinberg Meet Shibre?
Weinberg, 30, met Shibre, 32, not long after her marriage ended. She was looking for a getaway and decided to go to Ethiopia since they were “cheap” tickets.
She remembered seeing Shibre for the first time and calling him over. “I was waiting for a taxi outside a local hotel and I saw a very attractive guy. I yelled out, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere?’ and it actually worked,” she said.
Three months after meeting Shibre, she discovered she was pregnant.
Weinberg Has Faced Backlash From ’90 Day Fiance’ Fans
Weinberg isn’t exactly a fan-favorite in the 90 Day Fiance world. She’s been criticized for not being prepared to have a baby in Ethiopia, choosing her son’s name and walking back on her decision to have baby Avi circumcised.
She was also criticized for making Shibre walk home from the hospital with Avi after her C-section, something Bini didn’t want to do since he was afraid he might fall with the baby in his arms. He was holding an umbrella to keep the sun off them and walking on an unpaved road.
Weinberg claimed it was not an unbearably hot day and claimed it was safer for Shibre to walk with the baby because they didn’t have a car seat and she actually got into a mini accident on the way home from the hospital.
“Children are projectile missiles in a car,” she wrote. “They would fly right through the windowsill.”
To find out what happens next, don’t miss 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way when it airs on TLC Sundays at 8 p.m. Eastern time.