Chantel, who starred on The Family Chantel with Pedro and their two sparring families last year, recently asked her followers to share their favorite moments from The Family Chantel on Instagram, and Chantel did her best to respond to the feedback.
“What a trainwreck… but I can’t stop watching,” one person commented on Chantel’s April 13 Instagram posting.
“I know I lived it,” Chantel replied, adding a dizzy and dazed emoticon.
Filming the season was apparently just as crazy and chaotic for Chantel as it was for fans watching it back on TLC.
Chantel also touched upon her feud with Coraima Morla, the good friend of Pedro’s younger sister Nicole Jimeno.
Coraima danced all up on Pedro one night when he was out partying and drinking, and Chantel was angry and disgusted by the whole ordeal — to the point where she threw a drink on Coraima and engaged in a heated showdown in The Family Chantel‘s season finale.
“When Pedro piggybacked you at the end of the season, I thought it was sweet that he made you take off your heels. He wanted you to feel happy and more comfortable,” one of Chantel’s followers wrote.
“I really needed him then,” Chantel admitted.
Someone else wrote of that scene, “Pedro came to you and hugged you, reassured you then carried you by piggyback up the stairs.️ In that moment, you could tell y’all really love each other. I adore you and Pedro together!!”
Chantel responded, “In that moment I did not know if he was chatting to that girl or what so I was relieved when he came to me.”
Another fan applauded Chantel on standing up for herself.
“It’s not always easy when you marry someone from another culture,” the Instagram user wrote.
“It is hard to stand up for yourself when you feel like nobody is in your corner, but I have learned if you don’t stand up for yourself maybe no one will,” Chantel shared.
In addition, Chantel admitted she thought it was funny when her mother Karen Everett pulled Nicole’s weave out and waved it around during a family confrontation.
Although Pedro and Chantel seemed in love on The Family Chantel, both of their families got in the way and sparked arguments for the couple.
As much as Pedro tried to improve his relationship with Chantel’s parents on The Family Chantel and Karen and Thomas Everett worked to make Pedro feel accepted and welcome, an insider told In Touch Weekly in December 2019, “Pedro still can’t stand Chantel’s family and vice-versa.”
“They don’t talk often and it doesn’t seem like they will make amends any time soon. Pedro is focused on bringing his mom and sister to the United States,” the insider added.
Pedro’s mother Lidia and sister Nicole both currently live in the Dominican Republic but have been hoping to move to the U.S. so they can be with Pedro — who lives with Chantel, 29, in Atlanta, GA — and purse the American dream.
There is little indication on Pedro, 28, and Chantel’s Instagram accounts that they are still together — which isn’t unusual for the 90 Day Fiance couple, who have historically been private about their relationship on social media — but the pair insisted to E! News in July 2019 they were still going strong.
“We have our differences that we’re still working on. We have our challenges, but that’s something that will play out on the show,” Chantel said at the time.
“There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, and we have our flaws.”
In addition, Chantel and Pedro were also spotted attending the corporate holiday party of TLC’s Discovery Inc. parent company in New York City in December 2019.
Despite their flaws, Chantel also told People in late July if she could go back and do it all over again, she’d still choose to be with Pedro and endure the struggles they’ve had.
“I would still choose to marry him, but I would definitely have more realistic expectations,” Chantel admitted.
Chantel and Pedro, who met online over four years ago and got engaged after Chantel visited Pedro several times in the Dominican Republic, originally appeared on Season 4 of 90 Day Fiance on TLC.
Once Chantel’s family learned Chantel would be getting married after a whirlwind romance overseas, they were suspicious Pedro was after Chantel’s money and/or a Green Card.
Chantel’s family also thought it was strange Pedro was frequently sending money home to his mother Lidia and sister Nicole in the Dominican Republic.
To ensure Pedro wasn’t keeping any secrets or living a double life, Chantel’s family hired a private investigator to research his background and also demanded the couple sign a prenuptial agreement in order to protect Chantel’s financial interests before their wedding.
Pedro hated that Chantel’s family didn’t trust him, but Pedro’s mother and sister weren’t fond of Chantel either and disapproved of their relationship.
Pedro and Chantel later appeared on Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?.
Tension between the two families exploded during the third season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?, when Pedro got into a blowout fight with Chantel’s brother River at the dinner table and then Nicole accused Chantel’s family of attacking her in their home.
Neither side ever budged on offering an apology, so there was a standstill between families that resulted in more confrontations and disagreements down the road, as no one agreed upon who was to blame.
Problems between Chantel and Pedro also came to a head when Pedro visited his family in his native country, only to get caught dirty dancing with Coraima. Pedro’s mother and sister also blamed Chantel for taking Pedro away from them and being a selfish wife.
But Chantel’s family accused Lidia and Nicole of setting up Pedro’s relationship with an American, who turned out to be Chantel, so Pedro would have more opportunities to make money and they could eventually move to the United States as a family.
Chantel’s parents viewed Lidia and Nicole as being manipulative and dishonest about their intentions.
On The Family Chantel spinoff, which wrapped in September 2019 on TLC, Pedro felt alone in the United States, and even family counseling didn’t seem to help the dynamic between Pedro and Chantel’s family.
The Family Chantel featured both families gathering together twice in the Dominican Republic in order to hopefully talk out their issues and find peace, but mean words were thrown around and screaming erupted.
Chantel vented in one episode, “They’re not receptive to any kindness. I hope all dogs go to heaven because Pedro’s mom and sister are complete b-tches. There’s no way [they’re] going to be living with me under the same roof — ever.”
Having a language translator helped during the second meeting, but it appeared enough damage had been done to prevent truly amicable relations in the future — until both families came together and had a friendly visit with Pedro’s sick grandmother.
However, the finale of The Family Chantel showed Chantel throwing the drink at Coraima following a heated discussion about Pedro’s wild night out in the Dominican Republic.
Nicole naturally took Coraima’s side, and so Chantel realized any improvement in her relationship with Pedro’s sister had just been destroyed. However, Pedro had Chantel’s back.