In a new interview, Before the 90 Days stars Rachel Bear and Jon Walters talk about being on reality TV, Jon’s criminal past, what viewers can expect to see in the remaining episodes this season, their current relationship status, and their plans for the future.
“If romance makes you feel sick, then there’s no use in watching because this is going to get cranked up,” Jon tells Good Housekeeping. “Romeo and Juliet will have nothing on us.”
As far as their current relationship status, Rachel is contractually unable to spill any tea. “We cannot confirm that we’re still together,” she says. “I’m not saying what the outcome is, but I would [travel back and forth] forever.”
[The article states that “fans online speculate they got married in May,” but there is no need for speculation as we exclusively confirmed the nuptials by posting the court documents proving the couple was married in England on May 31.]
So what about Jon’s criminal history, which he reveals on the show includes numerous arrests for assault? Rachel admits that his violent past was a major concern, but she reveals that her and her friends unpacked their 90 Daytective kits prior to her trip to England. “[My friends and I] checked online to see if he’s ever been violent against a woman. [Under] Clare’s Law (a domestic abuse disclosure scheme in the U.K.), you can search anybody’s name and it will give you everything about them. I was not worried because I felt like I had known him for a lifetime. It’s hard to explain, but when you know, you just know.”
The Clare’s Law only allows for those in a relationship with an individual to gain access to their records, so I was unable to access them myself. I was able to uncover details on one of Jon’s assault arrests reported on by The Weston Mercury four years ago. From the newspaper’s “In The Dock” post on August 15, 2014:
Jonathan Walters (30), of Dickenson Road, Weston. Assault: Fined £400 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and £40 victim surcharge.
I’m no expert on immigration law, but I am guessing that Jon being unable to get a tourist visa to come to the US would suggest that he would not be able to get a CR-1 (Conditional Resident visa for spouses of US citizens) visa either. Rachel clearly made a return trip to the UK to get married, but will she be moving there permanently? That doesn’t appear likely. From the Good Housekeeping interview:
Rachel won’t permanently move to the U.K.
In addition to Lucy, Rachel also has another daughter from a previous relationship, so she won’t be leaving the U.S. for good. “I have an 8 year old and I will not leave her. It’s a custody thing,” she says.
I researched Rachel’s previous marriage with her older daughter’s father, and court records indicate that they do have joint custody. It doesn’t appear that the divorce process was a pleasant one as the initial filing was made in February of 2013, but the final dissolution decree was not granted until April of 2014. In between there are numerous motions and objections.
In addition, the divorce continued to play out after it was finalized due to an apparent dispute over attorney fees. The final entry (so far) was in August of 2014.
So if Jon cannot come to the US and Rachel won’t leave her oldest daughter behind, how will #Jonchel live out their fairy tale? He hints at a potential third option: “Let’s be honest…I would move anywhere. I’d go live in Mexico [to be with her]. It doesn’t bother me,” he said.
I did the research and it would take less than four hours to get from Albuquerque to the US/Mexico border by car — so I suppose that might be feasible. I assume that Jon would still not be able to enter the US though, right?
As you ponder the potential story line for Rachel and Jon in future seasons of Before the 90 Days or even Happily Ever After (the are married after all), be sure to fill in the blanks between now and then with new episodes of Before the 90 Days airing Sunday nights at 8/7c on TLC!