'90 Day Fiance' Spoilers: Are Biniyam and Ariela still together? Did the '90 Day Fiance' couple get married? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/05/2022
90 Day Fiance's ninth season has shown Biniyam Shibre talking about a green card if his relationship with Ariela Weinberg doesn't work out, so did Ariela and Biniyam get married or break up? And if the couple tied the knot, do 90 Day Fiance spoilers reveal that they're still together and living in America?
[90 Day Fiance Spoilers: This report contains spoilers about Ariela and Biniyam's relationship and if the 90 Day Fiance couple is married and/or still together.]
Ariela was a 29-year-old freelance writer from Princeton, NJ, when she introduced herself on 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way's second season.
After going through a difficult divorce, Ariela said she wanted to get to know herself better and see the world -- so she booked a cheap trip to Ethiopia and met Biniyam while she was waiting for a taxi outside of her hotel.
Biniyam was a 31-year-old dancer, choreographer, martial artist and gymnast from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who was living with his older siblings when he met Ariela.
Only three months into dating each other, Ariela learned she was pregnant, which was certainly "unexpected news."
Ariela planned to move to Ethiopia long-term so she could raise her baby with Biniyam, but the couple were used to different cultures, and it took time for Biniyam to find the couple a suitable apartment, suitable for a middle-to-upper class American.
Biniyam was previously married to another American woman for four years, but he said he was only with her for "six to eight months." The woman apparently left for America when the couple's son was only three years old and she never returned.
When getting settled in their new life together, Ariela and Biniyam had issues to work through -- such as Biniyam's desire for Ariela to convert to his Ethiopian-Orthodox Christian church when she had been raised Jewish.
And once their son Aviel or "Avi" was born via emergency C-section on December 17, 2019, Ariela initially didn't want to circumcise or baptize him.
Ariela also missed Biniyam when he worked late, and she battled trust issues.
Although Ariela said she and Biniyam weren't communicating and acted more like roommates, they got engaged during Timkat, an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ.
Ariela then hired a nanny and she and Biniyam had moved into a three-bedroom house together. Ariela gushed about child-help being only $200 a month, but Biniyam hadn't been working much due to COVID-19.
The couple even survived a visit from Ariela's ex-husband Leandro, who oddly remained Ariela's best friend. The pair had married young and stayed together for 10 years, but as they aged, they grew apart and Leandro didn't want children, much to Ariela's dismay.
Ariela and Biniyam later took their son Avi to a pediatrician in Ethiopia and learned Avi had a hernia at nine months and would need surgery as soon as possible to avoid further complications involving the baby's intestine.
Ariela ultimately decided it would be best for Avi to have surgery in the United States, where Ariela still had health insurance.
Biniyam begged Ariela not to go, but Ariela promised Biniyam she'd only stay in America for one month and she'd come back to him.
While in the U.S., Ariela's family tried to convince her to move back to America so Avi would be exposed to the best education and health care available.
It didn't help that Biniyam allegedly wouldn't answer his phone or communicate about his whereabouts.
Ariela told Biniyam that it didn't seem like he cared she was gone and that his friends were "poison" and bad influences.
She also thought Biniyam may have been cheating on her during their time apart once she learned he had turned their home into a recording studio with women coming and going all the time.
Ariela therefore decided that in order to save their relationship, they needed to make a fresh start in Kenya together and focus on themselves and their son.
"After everything you have done, I will never go back to Ethiopia," Ariela insisted.
Ariela yelled at Biniyam for having "destroyed" their family, but she opted to give Biniyam one more chance as long as he'd be willing to show he loved her and put effort in.
"I really love Ari, from the bottom of my heart," Biniyam insisted, adding that he was never unfaithful to her. "I will go to great lengths to try and fix this."
Ariela liked being in Kenya "away from the noise of other people," but she didn't think a life there would be sustainable because she and Biniyam would have to keep renewing their Tourist Visas every six months and they didn't have stable work.
Ariela therefore told Biniyam they needed to move to the United States. They consulted with an immigration lawyer via FaceTime to discuss going ahead with a K-1 visa, and Ariela reluctantly joined Biniyam in Ethiopia for the interview.
The couple stayed in Ethiopia for several months, and 90 Day Fiance's ninth season featured the pair celebrating the approval of their K-1 visa, which Ariela had applied for a couple of months after Avi's birth "just in case" and to leave their options open.
Biniyam insisted that he was ready for marriage and wanted to be around Avi all the time, and so he agreed to move to America.
"When Bini moves to the U.S., I don't think 90 days is enough to work out all of the issues that Bini and I have. If the old Bini comes back and he starts partying and going clubbing to avoid dealing with his feelings, I don't think the relationship will survive," Ariela confessed to the cameras.
However, Biniyam withheld the news of his move from his sisters, Wish and Mimi, until the last minute. He didn't want them to pressure him to stay, but the omission led to an altercation in which one of the sister threw red wine into Ariela's face.
Biniyam's sisters called Ariela "manipulating" and "controlling," and Ariela was happy that she wouldn't be seeing the women anymore.
Biniyam just wished Ariela and his sisters could find peace and get along, adding, "I feel like I am broken."
Once Ariela and Biniyam made it to the airport, Biniyam's sisters were waiting there and Ariela just avoided them in order to be "done with it" as soon as possible.
Biniyam said goodbye to his nephew and niece, but Ariela apparently wouldn't let Biniyam's sisters say goodbye to Avi. The women called Ariela "evil" and cried about the idea of losing their nephew.
"If Avi were not born, their relationship would be short," Mimi told the cameras, adding how Biniyam was naive about the life he was going to have.
Biniyam wished he could take his family with him to America, but he felt he didn't have a choice and had no intention of giving up on his relationship.
Ariela and Biniyam then arrived in the United States, and Ariela said she was feeling "excited and hopeful" about the future of her relationship with Biniyam in America.
Janice and Fred then brought Ariela and Biniyam to their new apartment, which was pretty big and spacious. Janice and Fred had paid for the security deposit, down payment and first month's rent. She also hooked up the cable and electricity for the pair.
Janice and Fred expected the couple to take over the payments within two or three months, but Ariela said if she knew she was going to be financially responsible for the apartment, she would have picked a smaller and cheaper apartment.
Ariela pointed out how everything was expensive and so it wasn't fair for Janice and Fred to expect them to cover all the costs and rent on their own as soon as possible.
Biniyam also wasn't going to be able to work in 90 days until he could get his work payment.
Ariela and Biniyam only had a few thousand dollars saved, and so she wasn't happy about facing this financial stress right away.
"I think neither of us really know how long-term we're going to provide for our family, and that's scary," Ariela noted.
Biniyam, an entertainer and personal trainer, revealed that he wanted to become an MMA fighter. He knew he'd have the opportunity to become a fighter in America, and so he intended to practice and work hard.
Ariela, however, had done her research and discovered that MMA fighters don't make much money, and most of their money goes back into their training.
Ariela said a career in MMA fighting would not realistically support his wife and child; however, she didn't want to dash his dreams.
Ariela then gave Biniyam a tour of her city in New Jersey as well as New York City, and Biniyam gushed about how NYC was "so cool."
Biniyam said he'd love to live in New York, but Ariela broke the news that an apartment in New York would be super expensive and they didn't even have jobs.
"You just got here and you already want to leave?... I'm really stressed out how we're going to pay for anything. I feel you don't appreciate my parents getting us this great apartment, and they signed a year contract," Ariela explained.
Biniyam asked Ariela to calm down, and she said she hated it when he told her to do that.
Biniyam didn't seem concerned about Ariela's parents, and so she said if they weren't important to him then she's not important to him, adding, "Maybe we shouldn't get married."
Ariela said she always had to be the practical one while Biniyam was the dreamer and their dynamic prevented her from having big dreams of her own.
Later on, Biniyam videochatted with his sisters Mimi and Wish.
"If things get bad and we don't get married, I have to come to my country and leave Avi," Biniyam told the women.
Biniyam's sisters thought it would be best for Aviel if Ariela and Biniyam got married for a green card and then he could stay in the United States if his marriage didn't work out in the long run.
While the women wanted Biniyam in Ethiopia, they understood Biniyam had to stay in America for his son, and they wanted to make sure that father and son relationship was going to be protected.
Biniyam liked the idea of a green card because he said he didn't want to lose his family or move away from them.
That night, Biniyam met Ariela's sister and brothers, and Ariela said their opinions were really important to her.
"There's a lot riding on this dinner going well tonight. Biniyam wants to be close to my family... and if he can connect with my family, he'll have an easier time [adapting to life in America]," Ariela noted.
On the topic of paying bills and the couple's sustainability together, Biniyam said he wanted to become a UFC fighter and a green card would be "good for him," which resulted in disapproving silence.
Ariela said Biniyam was struggling to communicate and she worried that she loved Biniyam more than he loved her. She wondered if they would ever be able to work out their trust and communication issues.
"I'm the real prize here, better than a green card, if I ever decide I want to marry you," Ariela declared at the dinner table.
So did Ariela and Biniyam split or stay together, and did the 90 Day Fiance couple get married -- and are they still together now?
On May 22, Ariela posted a video of Biniyam playing with Avi and doing stunts with him. She added "love" and "happy" as hashtags.
And a few days earlier, Biniyam posted a video of Ariela and Avi brushing their teeth together. It appeared Biniyam had filmed the video, which Ariela also uploaded on her own page.
In mid-May, Biniyam and Ariela confirmed their relationship status and accidentally revealed they are married in a joint interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Not only did Ariela and Biniyam reveal that they're currently living in New York, but Biniyam also called Ariela his "wife" and said of his wife and son, "I love them both so much."
Biniyam insisted he is all in with Ariela and didn't just move to America for his son's sake.
"No, I love Ari. It's not about I don't love her, but even if this relationship, if it's working, if it is not working in the 90 days, at least I'll have to be for my son," Biniyam explained of his mindset.
"That's the number one thing... That's all I have to say, just, I love Ari. I don't know what's happening with Avi's family."
Ariela also said the couple's trust issues have improved since moving to the United States, although Biniyam doesn't really like Ariela's close relationship with her ex-husband Leandro.
"When something's happening, Leandro's over there," Biniyam complained, adding how it's "stressful."
And Ariela said although Biniyam had given her many reasons not to trust him, she has actually seen "a change."
"I see a change in Biniyam's behavior. I see a change in the relationship. I'm getting better about things, and I think Biniyam is getting better," Ariela told ET.
"I told him the one thing I always say, 'Don't turn off your phone. If you don't want to talk to me, don't answer the phone, but don't turn it off.' For some reason that always sets me off. I'm very emotional, if he turns his phone off, I'm like, well, now it's over forever and ever."
Biniyam also recently posted photos during a trip to Las Vegas, and on May 12, Biniyam uploaded a photo of himself kissing Ariela on his Instagram Story, showing that they are still happy.
And before that Ariela dropped a major hint about her relationship by writing to Biniyam on his April 7 birthday via Instagram, "The USA is looking good on you."
"But you'd fit in anywhere!" she added. "Here's to another wonderful year on this planet. You are so loved by so many people!"
Ariela also complimented her husband in the sweet post.
"Happy Birthday to the most adventurous, charismatic, fun, talented, sensitive, and weird dude around... Biniyam Shibre... !" Ariela captioned a video montage of Biniyam.
"But seriously... you are a great father. You always do your best to make other people around you happy and I appreciate that kindness. Avi loves you so much. Keep on shining."
It's unclear when exactly Ariela and Biniyam moved to America, but Ariela was spotted in a crowd, cheering Biniyam on in an MMA fight in the New Jersey area in Summer 2021, according to In Touch Weekly.
Biniyam reportedly teased he's living in the United States when he changed his Instagram bio to reveal his P.O. number in Plainsboro, New Jersey, which is only one town over from Princeton, where Ariela grew up and her parents currently reside.
In December 2021, rumors sparked that Ariela and Biniyam had gotten married.
Screenshots from Ariela's brother's Instagram Story, which showed Biniyam and Avi dressed in formal attire for what appeared to be a wedding ceremony, circulated online.
Ariela's brother also reportedly tagged the location as Congregation Kehilat Shalom, a synagogue located in Central New Jersey.