As shown on the second season of The Family Chantel, Pedro Jimeno's sister Nicole gushed about being "super in love" with Alejandro, a New York-based guy from the Dominican Republic she had been dating "for a few months" before filming began.
Nicole nicknamed Alejandro her "chichi" and said the "amazing man" bought her shoes, a watch, a cellphone and more. She called her boyfriend "attentive" and said she appreciated how he showed her love.
The pair actually met many years beforehand at a party and Nicole had noticed him on Instagram. Alejandro sent Nicole a message and asked her, "When are you coming to visit?"
Nicole subsequently visited her man in New York twice, but she said having a long-distance relationship with him was "very complicated." However, she had a trip to New York planned for the following month, and Nicole's ultimate goal was to move to New York as soon as possible.
When Nicole's friends saw photos of Alejandro, they made comments about the way he dressed so informal and how he's not "darker," like the typical man Nicole is supposedly attracted to.
Nicole's friends believed Alejandro was the "opposite" of what Nicole typically likes in a guy. They seemed displeased Alejandro "sells phones" when Nicole was establishing herself as a professional career woman and was just about to graduate college.
With that being said, Nicole complained her friends and family had too much "venom" and clearly didn't appreciate their criticism.
Meanwhile, Alejandro gushed about liking "everything" about Nicole, from her beauty to their chemistry and connection.
Pedro thought Alejandro seemed a little smug and overconfident, and he suggested Alejandro needed to make Nicole happy or else something bad would happen.
"My first impression, I don't like that guy. I hate Alejandro. He tried to be so cocky, like, he feel that he's the best -- you know, better than other men. I don't know why he feels like this," Pedro complained in a confessional.
Alejandro told Pedro that he worked as a manager for a telephone company and as a bartender at a sports pub. Alejandro revealed he came to America on a Tourist Visa.
"And then I got married," Alejandro confessed.
"Bro, you kidding me?" Pedro asked.
"I'm married right now," Alejandro replied.
Alejandro assured Pedro that Nicole was aware of it and he had been honest with her about everything.
"This guy [blows] my mind," Pedro complained to Chantel. "I don't know how one person can be married and dating one girl at the same time. That's, like, stupid crazy!"
Alejandro revealed he was "working" on his divorce while being Nicole's boyfriend and he never forced Nicole to be with him.
Alejandro said he met Nicole when he was married and she stayed in New York for four days. On the fourth day, Alejandro said he explained "all the details" to Nicole about his marriage.
Alejandro had been married for four years to an American woman, and he admitted they had rushed into marriage and were "a little bit immature."
"It was difficult to maintain the relationship and to maintain the peace, and so we had to separate. But thankfully, I could stay with my residence, with my Green Card," Alejandro told the cameras.
Alejandro also said his wife knew about Nicole and his wife had initiated the divorce. (Although Alejandro later said his wife wanted him back and he wasn't interested).
"I'm not surprised by Nicole's choice because it's just like her to try to ruin someone's marriage. I feel like they are well matched. He's an adulterer and she's going into this knowing that he's married, so they can do bad together," Chantel said in a confessional.
But Alejandro assured Pedro that he was "really in love" with Nicole. Pedro just didn't want to see his little sister get hurt and cheated on, which is what happened to their mother.
Pedro reminded Nicole that their mother had been cheated on and their father was still married when he met Lidia. After two or three years with Lidia, Pedro's dad apparently told her that he had a whole other family.
Pedro argued that if Alejandro really loved Nicole, he would get a divorce for her, but Nicole said that's just a piece of paper and she didn't need it.
Nicole said she understood that Alejandro's marriage had been toxic and unhappy, and she just fell for Alejandro even harder when he was "brave" and "honest" with Pedro during their chat.
Since there was a problem with Nicole's visa, Alejandro planned to visit Nicole in the Dominican Republic and meet her mother Lidia, who assumed Nicole's romance was just an insignificant fling.
Nicole said her 27-year-old boyfriend planned to attend college soon, but Lidia wanted her daughter to find a man "on her level" -- someone "worth meeting" who has "worked hard" and gone to college already.
Lidia called Nicole an "airhead," but Nicole wanted her mother to see all the positive qualities she saw in Alejandro.
When Alejandro finally met Nicole's mother, Lidia said Alejandro's beard was "weird" and stunk up her house with cheap perfume.
Alejandro gifted Lidia with a purse and perfume, but she called the gifts "cheap" and said she wouldn't use them. Nicole therefore called her mother "ungrateful," but Lidia argued she simply has "fine tastes."
Lidia announced that Alejandro was not on Nicole's level and he might as well have been "a dishwasher."
Alejandro said he had been studying business for a few months, but Lidia shouted at her daughter, "He is an opportunist. He is not right for you at all. He is good for nothing."
Lidia refused to allow Alejandro to stay in her house. In fact, Lidia told Nicole that her boyfriend needed to sleep outside or somewhere else.
Lidia then tossed Alejandro's suitcase out of the house, and some of his belongings fell out of the bags. Lidia apparently even broke one of Alejandro's cologne bottles.
Nicole was angry at her mother for humiliating Alejandro, but Lidia said her daughter was "a crazy person" for being interested in a guy like that.
"Alejandro is a marvelous and spectacular man," Nicole insisted. "I just hope that you give him an opportunity. So that you can have a conversation with him and see what I see in him."
Lidia accused Alejandro of using Nicole for the "perks" of their relationship. Lidia didn't think Alejandro had any morals or values, and she was also upset with her daughter for getting into bed with her boyfriend too soon.
However, Lidia came around and acknowledged she would at least "think about" talking to Alejandro.
But Nicole later got into a fight with Alejandro in front of his uncle, cousins and some friends. Alejandro apparently told Nicole that he treated her special and never gifted other women with bags, perfume and more -- but Nicole discovered he had gifted his ex similar items.
Alejandro's family therefore got the impression Nicole wasn't mature enough for Alejandro and the couple had poor communication. One of Alejandro's loved ones even told him to just dump Nicole since she carries an attitude like that.
Alejandro later apologized to Nicole for stretching the truth with some red roses in hand, and she chose to forgive him and also apologize for overreacting.
Meanwhile, Lidia expressed concern to her co-workers that Nicole was going to "abandon" her and move to the United States to be with her boyfriend, whom Lidia still didn't approve of.
However, Lidia gave Alejandro another chance and agreed to talk to him. Alejandro apologized for assuming he could stay in her house during his visit to the Dominican Republic, and Lidia noted she'd look past it.
Nicole then broke the news that she was in a "complicated situation" and Alejandro was "still marred."
"But I'm in the process of divorce," Alejandro insisted.
"He's a dirtbag because he dates women being married. Listen to me, he is married and he is hurting another woman. He will hurt you too," Lidia told Nicole, before telling Alejandro, "You've been telling me lies from the beginning!"
Are Nicole and Alejandro still together despite Lidia's disapproval or did The Family Chantel couple break up?
Nicole and Alejandro appear to still be together and happy, at least based on Nicole's latest Instagram post featuring her boyfriend.
On December 1, Nicole shared a selfie with Alejandro on Instagram and wrote, "Extranandote."
Considering "extranandote" means "missing you" in English, it appears Nicole and Alejandro may still be living in different countries, with Nicole in the Dominican Republic and Alejandro in New York City.
Alejandro wrote back, "Me too mami," in the comments section.
Nicole also gushed about Alejandro on November 26, writing alongside a throwback image of them, "My Chichi" in addition to a red-heart emoji.
"Chichi" typically describes a stylish, smart, elegant and sophisticated person.