Armando and Kenneth recently made 90 Day Fiancé franchise history when they became the first-ever gay male couple on the TLC show.
During the season premiere of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, 31-year-old Armando—from San Felipe, Mexico—opened up about what it was like to grow up gay in a more traditional cultural setting. He also revealed that he was once married to a woman, with whom he had a child, even though he knew he was gay at the time.
Armando, a pet resort owner, grew up in a small town in Mexico with his parents and three sisters. While filming he revealed to viewers that his family was so close, he also ran his business and lived on their property.
“My first relationship was with Hannah’s mother,” Armando revealed. “Even though, at a very young age, I knew I was gay, given the macho culture I was brought up in, I wanted to have a relationship with a woman. And I thought that this was the only possible way that these feelings could go away and I could be a man.”
Getting emotional about his past, Armando said he finally felt he had to come clean with his wife. “After we had been married for about eight years, I decided to tell Hannah’s mother that I was gay,” he said as tears filled in his eyes.
And, of course, his wife was heartbroken by the news. “When I first told her, she was kinda lost,” he said sadly. “She definitely cried about it.”
Armando’s wife was actually the one who initially told his parents that he was gay.
“The day after I told her,” he said of Hannah’s mom, “she actually called my mom into the room, and she told her. My mom just started bawling, and she would say, ‘Oh no, my son isn’t gay. You know, he can’t be. He’s married.’”
After that day, Armando’s family never discussed his orientation again. NEXT page…