90 Day Fiance: The Pandemic Interfered With Steven And Alina’s Plans

90 Day Fiance: The Pandemic Interfered With Steven And Alina’s Plans

90 Day Fiance The Other Way is back for season three, and a new couple is already a fan favorite. Steven and Alina met on a language app a year ago and are now planning to get married in Turkey.

After meeting the couple in the first season, fans are already questioning Steven’s hair. But his friends are questioning his relationship.

As the title indicates, 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way flips the premise of the original series on its head. Much like 90 Day Fiancé, the spinoff follows “American men and women who fall in love with partners from distant lands.”

But instead of having their boyfriends come to the U.S., The Other Way sees Americans traveling to their partners’ home countries “to begin their married lives abroad.”

In the first season 3, fans met Steven and Alina. He is a 25-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah, and she is a 20-year-old from Russia. According to a Discovery press release, Steven is a devout Mormon who “gives up his life in America to be with Alina.”

90 Day Fiance: The Pandemic Interfered With Steven And Alina’s Plans

When Discovery introduced Steven and Alina as co-stars for the third season, the channel revealed that the couple had to come up with a contingency plan to meet and marry due to the pandemic. “When the Russian border closes because of the coronavirus pandemic, Steven and Alina come up with a backup plan to meet up and marry in Turkey instead,” the press release reads. “Once there, secrets of Steven’s past and Alina’s suspicions of infidelity begin to threaten their future together and Alina questions if she truly knows the man she’s about to marry.”

In the season three trailer, the couple meet for the first time at the airport. In what was the moment they had been waiting for. Steven says: “We have been waiting for this for so long, it’s finally happening. It’s like crazy hard to believe.”

Steven and Alina’s relationship has moved on very quickly since their first meeting in this language app. When Steven was a teenager, he spent two years on a Mormon mission in Eastern Europe, learning Russian. Which helped him to woo Alina.

But the conversation quickly turned to marriage, and that has Steven’s friends worried. The plan is for Steven to stay in Turkey on a visitor’s visa for 90 days, during which time he and Alina will marry. This will allow him to apply for a spouse visa so they can go to Russia together.

This decision was quite unexpected. And in the episode ahead, Steven’s friends tell him that this quick wedding idea is “crazy news” and they don’t think he’s thought it through.

Written by Christine Cohan

Reality TV Writer / Editor

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