Ben and Mahogany have yet to air their Before The 90 Days romance, and many 90 Day Fiancé viewers think it is because Mahogany is actually a fraud.
90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days season 5 has already aired the initial meeting for five of the seven new couples, but Ben Rathbun and his mysterious Peruvian partner Mahogany have yet to appear on the 90 Day Fiancé spin-off show. The older American religious man raised eyebrows when he declared in the season trailer that his and Mahogany’s shared faith in Jesus could overcome their 28-year-age gap. However, Before The 90 Days viewers are now suspecting that Mahogany is both a catfish and a fraud as their story remains off-air.
Ben was described in promos as a 52-year-old man from Michigan, making him one of three season 5 cast members to hail from the state. The former pastor and fitness enthusiast was said to have escaped his ultra-conservative background and ex-wife before falling for 24-year-old Peruvian woman Mahogany online. The trailers for Ben and Mahogany’s segments only featured Ben, who voiced nothing but red flags about the woman he fell for. Ben shocked his friends by admitting he had never video chatted with Mahogany, which led many viewers to believe Mahogany is a catfish.
Reddit user mindyourfox shared side-by-side photos of Mahogany taken from Ben’s phone and the woman’s official TLC cast photo. “Is this supposed to be the same person? These two women are both supposed to be Mahogany from the current season of B90,” the confused user captioned the post. Commenters were baffled by how much Mahogany edited her photos, since she presumably thought she would see Ben in person one day. “I sincerely don’t understand why people do this, the vanity in the world is becoming scary…she looks CG in the pic on the left, doesn’t even look real. She’s already pretty and hello what will you do when it’s time for him to see you in real life, girl??” one user wrote.
Mahogany’s altered appearance in photos combined with her absence from Before The 90 Days season 5 has caused viewers to speculate that she is catfishing Ben. Since the show has not aired their story yet, many viewers believe that Ben never meets up with Mahogany in person. “No wonder they’re getting a short feature. He probably won’t recognize her at the airport and fly back home,” one commenter joked. Others thought that the two women pictured weren’t the same person. “If the guy was catfished these literally could be two different people, haha. The one on the left is definitely a filter but even so it still doesn’t really look like the girl on the right,” another user observed.
While few 90 Day Fiancé viewers think Ben and Mahogany will meet, fellow couple Ella Johnson and Johnny are also rumored to never meet in person on the show. Ella and Johnny started featuring their segments later on into season 5, as they didn’t appear until the third episode. Viewers have suggested that this is because the couple does not provide TLC with much footage. Though Ella and Johnny appear excited to meet up, he might ultimately be unable to give up his job and apartment to visit Ella since he is also the sole supporter of his family. New episodes of 90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days season 5 will shed more insight into the new franchise relationships.
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