Arranged marriages are successful in many countries around the world to this day. However, it doesn’t always end happily. For 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way’s Sumit Singh, things not only haven’t ended happily, they almost ended his life. In his first on-camera chat with his parents about the misery he endured in an arranged marriage, Singh shines a light on an issue not often discussed: what happens when an arranged marriage turns seriously sour. Singh reveals that he contemplated suicide at the depths of his depression.
Singh’s Secret Marriage
When Singh appeared on The Other Way, it was with the intention of marrying his girlfriend Jenny Slatten, from California. The fact that Slatten is 61 and Singh is 32 doesn’t seem to bother the pair, but it sure bothered Singh’s parents, who absolutely refuse to accept Slatten.
However, it was revealed that there was another reason for their point-blank refusal of Slatten. Singh is actually married. In an on-air confessional, the 32-year-old admitted that he’s still in a marriage, one that his parents arranged. Slatten had no idea, and Singh said he felt it was unfair for her to expect them to marry when he still had yet to divorce.
Sumit Opens Up About his Misery in his Arranged Marriage
In his first on-camera chat with his parents, Singh had a lot to say about the misery he endured in the marriage they arranged for him. UsWeekly shares the conversation; “‘You are sad because you are so obsessed with what random people in the society are saying. But because of that, I was the one who was suffering. I told you three times that I wanted to commit suicide,’ the India native, 32, told his parents during the Sunday, October 11, episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. ‘I am your son. I’m getting true love with Jenny. You are asking me to choose between you two. Why can’t I choose both?’
Sumit had a frank conversation with his parents, Sahna and Anil, about his relationship with girlfriend Jenny, 61, while reflecting on the damage he suffered during his marriage. ‘I got married thinking of your happiness. I listened to you and went through with an arranged marriage. You thought it’d be a good idea, but it wasn’t. Then where did my happiness go?’ he asked. ‘Mummy, I was dying! In those two-and-a-half years, I had stopped sharing my thoughts with my own parents.’”
Jenny and Sumit Still Together Despite Obstacles
SIngh is currently pursuing a divorce from his wife. the 32-year-old and his 61-year-old fiance are still holding out hope that Singh’s family will accept her, but that possibility remains remote. Singh’s mother said of Slatten, “If she was younger, I’d have happily accepted her into my home. Forget her.” Arranged marriages often come with baggage and while they can be successful, Singh’s story may open a dialogue for others in similar situations to speak up. Whether or not Slatten and Singh have a future, time will tell. For now, the 90 Day couple will continue focusing on Singh’s divorce and making progress with his parents in accepting Slatten.