Many 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way viewers were excited to meet new couple Steven Johnston and Alina, but viewers are quickly turning on Steven. The Mormon man from Utah has already alienated 90 Day Fiancé audiences on the second episode by revealing secrets from his past and his expectations for his and Alina’s future. The Other Way viewers are calling Steven out for his hypocritical behavior and expectations.
Alina was already wary to discover that Steven was Mormon, as she noted Russians consider the religion a cult. However, Steven made it clear to audiences that he expects his Russian partner to both convert to his religion and remain “pure.” This might become complicated when Alina learns of something Steven already told the audience – he isn’t actually a virgin. Alina also shocked fans by revealing Steven wanted to see other women and was talking to many female friends in Utah. Steven further shocked both Alina and viewers by telling her that he got them separate apartments in Turkey, where they are going to get married, because he doesn’t want to be tempted to be intimate before marriage.
One fan took to the r/90dayfianceuncensored Reddit to call Steven out for his treatment of Alina. “This guy is a trip. He can’t do cohabitation because religion but it’s fine to have casual sex before marriage but not with Alina,” the user wrote. Many viewers were shocked to discover Steven had both been with women before Alina and was now refusing to live with her before marriage. Audiences questioned why another woman would have wanted to be with Steven, as well as why Alina would move to Turkey to marry someone so indecisive and hypocritical. Fans are cautioning the young woman to reconsider her relationship with Steven given the many red flags he is presenting.
Some viewers questioned if Steven was behaving in a way that Alina feared Mormon men would act. “I knew a Mormon guy like him. … Did drugs, drank alcohol, slept with whoever and dated outside his religion. But when asked about marriage? He would only marry a Mormon girl who was a virgin,” one user wrote. Many viewers were angry by the expectations Steven placed on Alina when he didn’t hold himself to the same standards. Steven’s expectations that Alina will convert to his religion have also upset viewers since he doesn’t live by what he preaches. “Religion only when it’s convenient,” another commenter wrote. His actions have caused viewers to immediately reconsider their perceptions of Steven.
Though viewers were excited to get to meet new couples, Steven and Alina have already been compared to other franchise pairs. Some viewers have labeled Steven the new Brandon Gibbs, as Brandon tried to force his Russian wife Julia Trubkina to adapt to a drastically different lifestyle. Unfortunately, viewers are already rooting for Alina to dump Steven. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers Ellie Rose and Victor have also presented a messy relationship that has viewers rooting for American Ellie to dump her Colombian partner. Unfortunately, the new 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way couples might be headed towards drama and break-ups.
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.