90 Day Fiance: The Other Way ’s Sumit Singh Says Arranged Marriage Led to Suicidal Thoughts
After a shocking mid-season finale in September, 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way returned to TLC with an update on Sumit Singh on Sunday October 11th.
As fans may recall, 32-year-old Sumit previously announced to producers that he was already married, despite loving his 61-year-old girlfriend Jenny Slatten, who uprooted her life in America for India - even after realizing that she was fished by cats him. Even today, Sumit's parents clearly disagree with his relationship with Jenny and do not want to hear about his request to divorce his wife, an attitude that upsets Sumit.
While sitting down with his parents Sahna and Anil for the first time in front of the camera, Sumit talked about the toll an arranged marriage has taken on him.
"You are sad because you are so obsessed with what random people in society say. But because of that, I was the one who suffered. I told you three times that I wanted to commit suicide," Sumit told his parents. "I'm your son. I get real love for Jenny. You ask me to choose between the two of you. Why can't I choose both?"
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The reason, of course, is that his parents find the age difference between Sumit and Jenny not "acceptable".
Sumit continued, "I got married because I was thinking of your happiness. I listened to you and made an arranged marriage. You thought it was a good idea, but it wasn't. Then where has my happiness gone? "
"Mom, I died!" he added. "In those two and a half years I stopped sharing my thoughts with my own parents."
Sumit Singh, fiancé for 90 days
Although Sumit has not found a clear solution to this situation, he seems to have succeeded in getting his parents to rethink his future with Jenny a little. No, they did not get their approval, but they said they would "do our best" to see the situation differently.
Given that Sumit has been vulnerable from suffering so deeply, hopefully this season his family will focus on his feelings - and not social expectations.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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