Chantel met Pedro online over four years ago when she was looking to learn Spanish and a friend connected her with Pedro, who was also hoping to improve his English skills.
After getting to know each other over the phone and video chat, Chantel traveled to the Dominican Republic a few times and then she and Pedro got engaged.
Pedro then traveled to America on a K-1 visa when he was 24 years old so he and Chantel could marry within 90 days, but Chantel -- who was 25 years old at the time -- told her family he was arriving on a student visa instead.
Once Chantel's family learned Chantel would be getting married after a whirlwind romance overseas, they were suspicious Pedro was after Chantel's money and/or a Green Card.
Chantel's family also thought it was strange Pedro was constantly sending money home to his mother and sister in the Dominican Republic.
To ensure Pedro wasn't hiding anything, such as secret children, Chantel's family hired a private investigator to research his background and demanded the couple sign a prenuptial agreement in order to protect Chantel's financial interests before their wedding.
Pedro hated that Chantel's family didn't trust him, and Chantel found herself in the middle of her relatives and the man she loved. But Pedro was in the same boat given his mother Lidia and sister Nicole disapproved of Chantel.
Tension between the two families exploded during the third-season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? when Pedro got into a blowout fight with Chantel's brother River at the dinner table and then Nicole accused Chantel's family of attacking her in their home.
Pedro seemed to run across the dining table to hit River, which resulted in a broken light and food scattered about. Tempers flared, weaves were pulled off, and the scene culminated into Chantel crying in a chair.
Chantel subsequently revealed she was not ready to try for a baby and expand their family due to all the chaos.
Chantel believed Pedro was out of line, but Pedro felt he was the victim and River owed him an apology.
As shown on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?'s fourth season, the couple met with an immigration attorney to discuss the renewal of Pedro's U.S. Green Card, and Pedro mentioned potentially opening a business in his home country while continuing to live in the United States. He also asked about the repercussions of filing for divorce.
"Was this your plan all along? To come here and marry me just for a green card so you can leave me, use me and start your business?" Chantel vented to cameras.
Pedro then hopped on a flight to the Dominican Republic to visit his family with a heavy and confused heart. Neither Pedro or Chantel knew whether their marriage was going to last, with Chantel even saying she felt they were "doomed."
While in the Dominican Republic, Pedro's mother and sister tried to convince Pedro to end his relationship with Chantel.
Chantel wanted to believe she and Pedro genuinely fell in love despite his family's alleged "conniving, evil, malicious" plot to get them together.
The Season 4 finale of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? showed Chantel and Pedro returning home to Atlanta.
But after a few days, Chantel accused Pedro of resorting back to his old ways. She said all he did was play video games and ignore her.
Pedro, on the other hand, felt he had given up everything for Chantel and was unappreciated. Pedro therefore told Chantel to find a different man if he wasn't going to be enough for her.
"Sometimes I want this thing over, you know? Damn!" Pedro vented, as Chantel cried alone in their bedroom.
Pedro said on Part 1 of the Tell-All special for 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?'s fourth season he had been in depression over the past couple of months and felt "really down" because his wife never took his side.
"I don't know whether to stay in this marriage and stay here with my wife... or f-ck off," Pedro admitted.
During Part 2 of the Tell-All special, Chantel was feeling "pretty hopeless" about her marriage. She didn't know whether she could trust Pedro. The pair both left the taping fed up with each other and tired.
The Family Chantel, starring the couple and their lively in-laws and siblings, then premiered on July 22 on TLC.
Pedro, however, agreed to go to family counseling with Chantel's family in order to hopefully resolve their issues. He also agreed to spend the night at a dude ranch with Thomas and River to bond.
The three men had a great time at the dude ranch together, and it seemed like a huge step in a positive direction.
"I'm jealous of the relationship Thomas and River have. I hoped coming to America they could be like [that] to me, but they're not. But now, something can change," Pedro said.
But it was unclear whether Pedro's attempts to get along with Chantel's family were selfish and insincere, because he was apparently looking to bring Nicole and Lidia over to the United States the whole time.
"Listen to me. You have to say to [Chantel], 'Either you accept it or if you don't want to continue with me, then leave me. We'll end this. We'll get a divorce.' Period. Get a divorce. Leave her," Nicole told her brother over FaceTime.
Pedro even met with an immigration lawyer, Erin Elliott, to discuss how he could bring his loved ones over to the United States permanently. Pedro learned he must become a U.S. citizen before he could sponsor them.
Erin revealed Pedro had two years until he could become a U.S. citizen and then the process of bringing his mother over would probably take a year-and-a-half. There was an exception, however, if Pedro was married to and living with a U.S. citizen, which he clearly was.
Pedro needed to show evidence of his marriage and then Chantel would be forced to participate in an interview with him.
Pedro didn't think Chantel would cooperate, and he was disappointed to learn it would cost him about $10,000 to bring his mother and sister over to America.
Nicole predicted Chantel's family would try to "sabotage" the process of their immigration, and Lidia called Chantel "a phony."
When Pedro broke the news to Chantel's family about his plans, he said, "I feel like nobody's on my side... This here is not my family. That's why I want to bring my mom and my sister living with me in the United States."
Chantel said she was "so, so furious" Pedro "dropped that bomb in family counseling." She called it "such a betrayal."
And Karen alleged Pedro always had "ulterior motives for marrying Chantel."
"I don't want them to come here, because all they care about is making my life hell," Chantel said.
Chantel and Pedro got into a huge fight over the topic, and Pedro felt "the family Chantel" was against him.
Pedro suggested he could pay for an apartment for his family once they arrive, but Chantel said he was wasting his time, money and effort.
Chantel argued Pedro was a mama's boy and would be happier living with his family than with her, so she threatened to move back in with her parents. She also demanded Pedro just move back to the Dominican Republic.
But Chantel later cooled off and apologized to Pedro for the things she had said.
Pedro, however, had yet to tell Chantel about his visit with the lawyer in which he had discovered Chantel must attend an interview in order to bring his relatives over.
In a recent episode, Nicole scolded Pedro for being "disloyal" by camping with Chantel's relatives whom she claimed didn't approve of or respect him, but Pedro insisted he was just trying to make his situation in the United States better.
Nicole then revealed on FaceTime their grandmother wasn't doing well and seeing Pedro would lift her spirits. Pedro was very close to his grandmother because she had helped to raise him when Lidia had to work constantly as a single parent.
Nicole made Pedro feel guilty and pointed out he wasn't able to see his grandmother during his last visit home in December 2018.
"It's all Chantel's fault," Nicole told Pedro. "She took away time you could spend with your family. And now grandma feels really bad and she's sad. And that's why I blame Chantel for all these things."
Pedro asked Chantel to join him on another trip back home to visit with his grandmother, and while she was hesitant to accept the invitation at first, she decided to support her husband.
"I really am not over the things that you did the last time you were there. I have to go with you because I don't trust you," Chantel said, adding that she needed to protect her marriage and put on "a united front" in front of Pedro's family and friends.
Chantel also wanted Pedro to confront Coraima.
"You need to tell her that you love me and that you're never going to be with her and you don't want anything else to do with her," demanded Chantel, who didn't want any of Pedro's friends to be a bad influence on him.
But Karen decided she wanted to come along for the trip as well to make sure Pedro and his family wouldn't take further advantage of Chantel. Karen wanted to make sure Lidia and Nicole would respect Chantel and not "bully" her daughter.
Pedro said the last thing he needed was a fight to go down between Chantel's family and his own family again.
"If they fight again, it's gonna be no way to bring my family to the United States," Pedro reasoned.
Pedro asked if Karen wanted to kick his mother's ass, but Karen said she would handle the situation like a classy lady. Karen just intended to support Chantel and not "bring war" upon Pedro's family.
During Chantel and Pedro's first day in the Dominican Republic, Chantel refused to see his family other than his grandmother, so Pedro first met with his mother and sister alone.
Pedro told his family that his attempt to fix things with Chantel's loved ones was all for them and Nicole needed to be kind and sweet to them. Nicole argued, however, she had always acted decently in their presence.
When Nicole and Lidia found out Chantel's entire family would be traveling to the Dominican Republic soon, Nicole blurted out she'd call the police if they tried to enter her home.
"I won't spend time with them only to get a pass to go to the United States," Nicole said. "These people are psychopaths. These people are crazy. They are literally crazy! Crazies!"
But Pedro asked his family to show they are human in order to improve relations in the future.
In the latest episode of The Family Chantel, Chantel eased into a reunion by attending a local baseball game with Pedro, Lidia and Nicole. It was obvious the girls wanted to go at it, but they were "fake nice" to each other.
The entire family -- Karen, Chantel's sister Winter, Thomas and River -- then arrived in the Dominican Republic. River, however, didn't want to see Pedro because he said he tolerated him but didn't actually like him.
Chantel therefore asked Karen and Thomas if they'd be willing to have dinner with Lidia and Nicole.
"I was hesitant at first, but Pedro was right. If our families are both here, we should at least try to get them together to work on our relationship," Chantel said in a confessional.
"Two people fell in love, both families don't want them to be together and they're always feuding. I hope this doesn't end up like Romeo and Juliet in which we both drink poison and then I stab myself."
Lidia intended to keep the peace and be on her best behavior during the reunion because Pedro had reminded her of his plan to bring them to the United States so they could be together and how crucial Chantel would be in executing that plan.
But Nicole told her mother that Chantel's family was "crazy" and seemed to be part of a satanic cult because they'd pray and then fight. She brought up the moment River had allegedly lunged at Pedro across the dinner table.
"If the situation turns violent, it won't be with Nicole anymore. Chantel's mother, now she's going to have to step to me and I'm going to snatch her wig, and I'm going to sweep the floor with it and take her entire wig," Lidia said in a confessional.
Pedro, Chantel, Karen, Thomas, Lidia and Nicole then met in a courtyard to talk -- outside of a restaurant where no one was around -- in case things got out of hand.
Pedro said if this meeting didn't go well, it could "break" his marriage.
When everyone got together, Karen noted her family flew to the Dominican Republic to support Pedro because they loved Pedro and Chantel, but Nicole and Lidia were shocked to hear they had love for him.
The two families had trouble communicating with Pedro as the translator, but Nicole basically accused Chantel's family of physically attacking her.
Chantel's family, however, tried to say they were just trying to protect Chantel in that moment and they'd probably do the same for Pedro in that scenario.
"If somebody jumps on top of you, I would hope that somebody rip they're weave out," Chantel said.
"If someone jumped, they would protect you," Karen said simultaneously.
Pedro then translated those comments as, "She said that if someone... She would take your wig off too."
Lidia argued it crosses the line to attack someone physically and she'd snatch Karen's wig off it wasn't for Pedro's plan to bring them to America.
Lidia was then fired up and brought up the past as a result, which sparked fighting from both sides.
Pedro noted the union was going "terrible." And after Lidia pointed a finger at Chantel and stood up, Karen stood up in defense of her daughter and the confrontation quickly got heated.
Lidia called Chantel's family "a bad example" of an American family, but Chantel said all of her loved ones work hard and the women are strong and independent and don't rely on men.
"You invite my children to your house and then you assault them," Lidia noted.
Thomas declared the meeting needed to end when the screaming didn't stop, and Karen said she felt as if she had been in "the spirit of Satan." Chantel stood up for her family because she was upset Pedro wasn't translating for them correctly.
Chantel accused Nicole and Lidia of "poisoning" Pedro so he'd work against her.
Karen called Nicole "crazy" and simply said they were "over it" all.
Meanwhile, Pedro was angry at Chantel because he felt she didn't understand him and wouldn't stand by him or give his family a chance.
"They're not receptive to any kindness," Chantel told Karen, before telling the cameras, "I hope all dogs go to heaven because Pedro's mom and sister are complete b-tches."
She added, "There's no way his mom and sister are going to be living with me under the same roof -- ever."
Karen was glad the fight ended before she had to kick someone's ass, and then Lidia was shown telling Pedro to just end his marriage and let Chantel go.
The episode ended with a blowout fight, with Pedro accusing Chantel of disrespecting him. But Chantel said Pedro disrespected her by not translating her parents' statements correctly.
Chantel also posted a cryptic message in June on Instagram in which she wrote, "When the storm has passed, put your energy into rebuilding your life, don't waste time looking back."
But it appears Chantel and Pedro are still together and married after all!
Chantel and Pedro are secretive about their relationship and largely refrain from posting photos and updates of themselves together on social media -- presumably due to their contracts with TLC -- but it seems pretty clear their relationship hasn't ended.
Not only were the couple an item when they recently filmed The Family Chantel, but in July, Chantel said she and Pedro were still trying to fix the problems in their marriage.
"We have our differences that we're still working on. We have our challenges, but that's something that will play out on the show," Chantel told E! News in an interview.
"There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, and we have our flaws."
Despite their flaws, Chantel also told People in late July if she could go back and do it all over again, she'd still choose to be with Pedro.
"I would still choose to marry him, but I would definitely have more realistic expectations," Chantel said.
Chantel and Pedro wouldn't still be working on issues if they had broken up and gone their separate ways!