'90 Day Fiancé': Jenny Claps back at Her and Sumit's 'Haters'
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star Jenny is unconcerned with those who have a problem with her and boyfriend Sumit's unconventional relationship.
Jenny and Sumit are a standout couple in the TLC franchise given their drama-filled journey during season
1 of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff that follows Americans moving to a foreign country for love. Jenny, 61, fell in love with 32-year-old Sumit online after they connected on Facebook.
Sumit admittedly catfished Jenny at first by using a model's pictures, though Jenny accepted him when she found out what he really looked like. Jenny ended up leaving Palm Springs, California, to be with Sumit in India, but was shocked when she learned that he was actually already married. Sumit didn't tell Jenny he was in an arranged marriage, and upon finding out, Jenny returned to Palm Springs.
But the couple is back for season 2 of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, which premiered Monday night. Sumit is now going through expensive divorce proceedings, and Jenny is planning to move back to India. The two still face significant issues, however, with Sumit's parents and friends still not approving of their relationship. During the premiere, Sumit had a conversation with his friends, who are concerned about the age difference between him and Jenny.
They note that Jenny's age means they won't have kids together, which Sumit said he was fine with. When his friends said that he was turning his back against Indian culture, Sumit replied that he wasn't, but rather was "avoiding haters."
During a virtual press conference Wednesday, Jenny commented on the memorable scene from the premiere and said that, at the end of the day, she and Sumit just love each other.
"It's gonna happen regardless," she says of having critics. "It's really difficult for us. We just love each other ... we don't pay attention to those around us. It doesn't matter and we just don't pay attention to it. Of course there's haters, but we just want people to understand that we love each other regardless of our age difference, our culture and background -- Indian, American -- it doesn't matter."
"We're in our own little bubble," she continues. "We don't even pay attention to it. Trust us, we know there's a lot [of critics]."
Jenny says she decided to come back for another season of 90 Day Fiancé because her and Sumit's relationship wasn't finished. She says she understands why he didn't tell her about his arranged marriage.
"I mean, I still love him the same," she says of forgiving him and rebuilding their trust. "I understand his culture."
During the press conference, Jenny and fellow 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 2 cast members Ariela,
Tim and Kenneth also discussed their experiences being in interracial relationships, given that it's such an important time in America right now, discussing systemic racism following the death of George Floyd. TLC
President and General Manager Howard Lee pointed out that the franchise has visited 40 different countries during its history and has widened viewers' ideas about what goes on in other cultures outside America.
Jenny said, for her part, she never considered Sumit's race when she started dating him.
"I just see the person that I fall in love with," she says, noting that her ex is black. "I don't see their race or skin color or anything like that. It's all about the person. Whatever people think they think, I just see whatever I feel. If the love is there, the love is there. That's it."
"Other countries are great too, not only America," she adds of the importance of others seeing other places. "Other countries are just as great ... there's beautiful countries, beautiful people, a lot of beautiful things going on in other countries aside from America."