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What happened to Stephanie Matto in ’90 Day Fiancé’?

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Stephanie “Stepanka” Matto, from the Czech Republic, became a topic of interest during her stint in “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” season four, and for years afterwards. Known for her explosive behavior, apparent narcissism, refusal of intimacy, and ultimate failure to marry her same-sex partner, she noticeably changed later.

Stephanie embraced her celibate personality but evolved as a person while looking for love in “90 Day Fiancé: The Single Life.” After the show she became a social media personality, and businesswoman selling bizarre products. Although people consistently rated her as one of the most hated cast members in the TLC show, she continues to draw interest, and has raked in serious cash from business ideas others ridiculed. Before we get into those, let’s review her time on TV.

Three conditions affect Stephanie Matto’s life

To understand some adverse events in the show, viewers must know that three disorders significantly impact Stephanie’s life, and getting the aplastic anemia diagnosis in 2017 is by far the scariest. This rare bone marrow condition means that her body doesn’t produce enough blood cells to ensure regular functionality. Consequently, she is often fatigued, at a higher risk of infection, and may develop uncontrollable bleeding.

Aplastic anemia is incurable, and only a bone marrow transplant and blood transfusions can manage its progress. Although Stephanie tried the latter option, she has yet to find a matching bone marrow donor. At a later date, she said that the disease was in remission, but of course can return, and in the meantime, she was diagnosed with a second disorder called PNH, or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Although less invasive and life-altering, Stephanie confessed to having body dysmorphia too. Thus, she was upset about gaining 15lb or almost 7kg in Australia in 2020, after becoming depressed and gorging on chicken schnitzels. Consequently, she admitted to having a chin liposuction procedure in March 2021, while her second TLC show aired, and had under-eye filler and botox injected into her forehead at some point.

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What did she do before appearing in the TLC TV show?

Stephanie grew up in Derby, Connecticut, USA, and divulged in the show that she was a stripper in Los Angeles at 24. That period of her life was difficult, especially since she had no one to turn to, and suffered undesired situations while dancing, influencing her subsequent intimacy problems.

Stephanie is a woman of many talents, and has dabbled in several professions and hobbies. She appeared uncredited in “All That,” a Nickelodeon TV series aired for 11 seasons. That boosted her enthusiasm, and she planned on becoming an actress after being cast as Alicia in the 2009 movie “She’s Got It”; unfortunately, her acting endeavors stopped there.

Instead, she switched to book publishing, and announced a debut book of short stories in 2015 entitled “Mean Boys & Memories: A Compilation of My Most Outrageous, Hideous and Embarrassing Stories.” The same year, she co-authored with six others  book entitled “Democratic Contestation on the Margins: Regimes in Small African Countries”.

Getting cast in “90 Day Fiancé”

Stephanie joined the cast of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” during the fourth season, which aired in early 2020, alongside her partner Erika Owens as the first LGBTQ couple. Stephanie was 29 and a YouTuber, while Erika, an Australia-based photographer, was 24. During an introductory interview with US Weekly, Stephanie said, ‘People that have been following my social media for a long time are probably caught off guard to find out I’m bisexual.’ Instead of telling them behind the scenes, including her mother, she came out in the show, surprising everyone.

As for why she waited, Stephanie explained, ‘It’s pretty crazy, but I’m a pretty crazy person. I felt like this was like ripping the Band-Aid off, like, the ultimate coming out. You can’t back out now; you just got to do it.’

Besides her sexual orientation, Stephanie hid her plans to travel to Australia to meet her online lover. That wouldn’t be such a big deal if it weren’t for her health condition; she had to get a doctor’s approval and medical documents before embarking on that trip. In contrast, Erika never told her family that she’d met someone online, and was in a three-month relationship.

Problems between the two began shortly after the meeting

Problems started the moment Stephanie arrived in Port Augusta, a small South Australian town, and met her partner. Erika noticed that Stephanie’s personality was significantly different from that in her YouTube videos, as she wasn’t affectionate. In contrast, Stephanie doubted whether Erika’s relationship with her friends remained at that level. She also commented that her networking app, Bumble Bizz, looked like a dating app, suggesting she may be cheating.

Moreover, both had different ideas of joint fun activities; for example, during their first date, Erika took her to an art studio to plaster each other’s boobs. Stephanie felt uneasy, refused to participate and left, which confounded Erika, who thought she was more sexual on YouTube. Besides asking Erika to delete the alleged dating app from her phone, seen as controlling, news surfaced that Stephanie was dating an Australian man before meeting Erika, but hadn’t mentioned him. Moreover, at a later date, Stephanie laughed when an interviewer called Erika’s friends ‘dregs of society.’

Her relationship with Erika didn’t end in marriage

After seeing the first few episodes, many fans concluded that Stephanie was ‘a cloud chaser’ and may not even be into women. The latter claim was mostly confirmed when Stephanie backed out of telling her mom she was bisexual at the last second. In a conversation afterwards, Erika felt deeply betrayed, used, and like Stephanie was embarrassed by her. She promptly revealed that a previous girlfriend kept her a secret for over nine years. In response to her confession, Stephanie blew up and started throwing objects.

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Moreover, from the second she stepped off the plane, Stephanie never went further than giving Erika an awkward side hug. thus, she never consummated their relationship. She also came across as selfish and narcissistic, throwing tantrums and finding fault in nearly everything Erika did. One particular lousy habit was yelling, and Erika looked defeated by the end of the season, after repeatedly asking her to keep her tone down.

Needless to say, the two broke-up and never even tried to marry during the fourth season finale of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” on 31 May 2020. As a result, Stephanie returned home, and the two ceased direct communication. Shortly afterwards, fans remembered that only the US-based partner was getting paid by TLC, reportedly only $1,000 per episode or usually $15,000 per season, with a $2,500 bonus for appearing in Tell-All specials. Therefore, while Stephanie presumably supported her financially based on TLC’s demands, Erika earned nothing from her on-screen appearances.

More explanations followed after the season ended

More drama ensued behind the scenes during the show’s airtime and after, particularly in interviews and social media. On 7 June 2020, after the Tell-All episode via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie shared messages with Erika stating she was uncomfortable with sex because of her stripper past. That contrasted the Australian’s claims she was attracted to the sexual side she displayed. During that time, she reiterated that she was bisexual and accused Erika of returning to an ex-girlfriend three weeks after they broke up.

Moreover, Stephanie blamed her for asking TLC to grant her a TV show with her and the ex-girlfriend behind her back, adding, ‘ELATED I never trusted her. If your gut tells you not to trust someone, there is a reason.’ She said that Erika never deleted the “dating” app and that the Bumble Bizz profile was not the one she spotted on the phone. In a closing statement, Stephanie revealed that Erika even went dancing with friends and the TV show cameraman on her last night in Australia, leaving her alone in the hotel. Nevertheless, she called her ‘the most beautiful woman she dated.’

Her best friend only made things worse

Fans also disliked the comments of Stephanie’s best friend, Heather, who chimed in during the tell-all episode, and essentially ignored all arguments and negative views of Stephanie. Her appearance also highlighted her YouTube channel, Heather Jade, on which she posted a nearly 13-minute video entitled 90 Day Fiancé, Spilling the Tea on Stephanie, in March 2020. She said nothing new, merely noted Stephanie is ‘like family to her’ and defended her explosive, selfish, jealous, and erratic behavior. However, instead of siding with Stephanie, fans only seemed to support Erika’s side more.

Erika responded to some comments

Fans were awaiting Erika’s public response after the season finale. Still, during the Tell-All episode, Erika said very little compared to Stephanie, emphasizing that she doesn’t want to see or hear from her ex-girlfriend and wishes the show gave her more time to speak up. She also denied Stephanie’s accusations of narcissism and called her the selfish one. Based on her testimony, Stephanie failed to listen to her, put her in a tough spot by asking sensitive questions in front of friends, and would cry or argue over her feelings instead of taking criticism.

Shortly afterwards, Erika used Instagram Stories to explain that she ‘intentionally kept her mouth shut for years, despite having so much she could say.’ Without getting into much detail, she described their relationship as ‘toxic and short-lived, and obviously not authentic.’

She also defended her friends, whom one interviewer called ‘feral, of no value to society, and living in sheds in the outback,’ and Stephanie laughed. Erika responded sharply, saying, ‘Not everyone makes millions of dollars yearly on radio shows or selling farts in jars.’ Moreover, she reiterated that she wanted nothing to do with Stephanie, and told her to ‘sell jarred farts and forget about her.’

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Stephanie commented on the situation in hindsight

The dust settled relatively quickly after the social media confrontations; both pursued independent projects, and showed no desire to sign with TLC again. Then, in the second half of 2020, a long-time fan commented that Stephanie was much different in the show than on social media.

This time, Stephanie responded directly and had a different answer, remarking ‘The story you saw on TV was 10% of the full story. There were things not discussed; perhaps if they had been, my concerns and behavior would have made much more sense.’

This time, she expressed regret for how things happened. In retrospect, she realized things shouldn’t have gone that far, and that she should’ve returned home way sooner. In another interview, she admitted that ‘she didn’t like the person she saw on TV, and was going through a lot emotionally, mentally, and physically.’ She reminded fans that she had unwanted advances as a stripper, and that a fan stalked her, forcing her to call the police. Consequently, she felt pressured into intimacy in front of the cameras, ‘causing a knee-jerk reaction’ and atypical responses.

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TLC cast her in “90 Day: The Single Life”

Despite blaming the show’s editing for her portrayal, she committed to finding her special someone, and fans wanted to see where her story led. Therefore, she accepted TLC’s offer to join the “90 Day: The Single Life” cast during season two, and appear in “90 Day Diaries” to share her thoughts, since filming was restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although eventful, the show primarily focused on her self-reflection and personal growth.

Stephanie worked on changing some things she was criticized for and disliked in herself. For instance, she worked with a wellness intimacy coach to solve her intimacy issues. In one conversation, Stephanie revealed that she was celibate for years, even before the show, and avoided attachment to people because being intimate rarely brought her joy. Additionally, she admitted the fatigue from her illnesses and medications such as Lupron contributed to her reduced sex drive.

She was successful on OnlyFans in 2020, then switched to a self-made platform to offer “fart jars”

After she ended her run in “90 Day Fiancé: The Single Life” without finding a partner, she focused on retaining her fan base with frequent social media posts. Moreover, she started an OnlyFans account and reportedly made about $33,000 from monthly subscriptions and fan requests within two weeks. However, when the platform announced a crackdown on explicit content, she started a platform entitled Unfiltrd and started selling “fart jars” for $1,000 apiece.

She would eat a daily diet of hardboiled eggs, low-sugar yogurt, beans, and protein muffins to stimulate her stomach. After “passing wind” and capturing it, Stephanie would put a flower petal at the bottom of the jar, noting it retains the smell, and write a special note to each customer.

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Stephanie had to stop selling farts in early 2022, but briefly returned

In January 2022, Stephanie revealed that she ended up in the hospital on suspicion of having a heart attack. However, after several tests, including EKG and bloodwork, doctors established the cause of her chest pains was stomach gases. With that knowledge, she stopped selling fart jars because she ‘was overdoing her steady diet of eggs, bean soups, and protein shakes’ to boost the intensity. Nonetheless, she revealed that up to that point, she made roughly $50,000 a week and amassed over $200,000 from the business.

Despite making it seem like the hospital visit would end her business endeavor, she returned to the business two times. On Valentine’s Day, she launched fart-scented candles at $99.95 a pop, discounted to $49.95 on Stepanka World’s website. Then, on 23 December 2022, she made a comeback with one-off fart-filled Christmas ornaments in collaboration with a fellow reality TV personality, Tania Maduro.

Outside that, she switched to selling fart jar NFTs at 0.05 ETC (Ethereum), made $130,000 in less than two weeks, and revealed plans to create a course on building a female-led brand. She also sold several bizarre items, such as used panties, socks, bras, and even “ta ta sweat,” i.e., bottled breast sweat.

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She is no longer celibate and single in 2023

Although there were hints during the “90 Day Fiancé: The Single Life” Tell-All episode in mid-2021, Stephanie’s life changed drastically away from the spotlight. Stephanie revealed she ended her multiyear celibacy with a Frenchman, with whom she started talking in February 2021 and went to Paris to meet in July.

Stephanie admitted to feeling ‘a soulmate connection she never experienced and couldn’t explain.’ Contrarily to all her on-screen problems, she immediately felt at ease and enchanted by him. The two went to a luxurious Paris hotel on the first day, and showered together within 30 minutes, thus ending her dry spell. She later joined him in Vienna, Austria, and Barcelona, Spain, and the two officially started dating in October 2021.

On top of falling in love, she revealed that he is ‘sexually adventurous, super sexually compatible, and open to having a threesome with another woman.’ She also gushed about feeling it was ‘the most serious relationship of her adult life’ and that she sees her future with him. Fans have reason to doubt that her assertion will prove to be true.

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown

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Although stories about previously unknown, ancient treasures and unveiled mysteries are usually seen as fictional fantasies, those same topics are exactly what makes “Expedition Unknown” so endearing. While the show takes us to the most fantastic and historically meaningful places around the world, what has really been keeping us engrossed with it for years it’s discovering the biggest secrets history has in store for us, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“Expedition Unknown”s premise is very unique and so are the show’s settings, format and approach to topics. However, knowing how well produced and planned it is, it makes us wonder about things we aren’t able to see on-screen.

For this we have prepared a list of the less known facts about the show, including interesting bits about its host Josh Gates, his crew and what they’ve discovered so far. This is the unknown truth about “Expedition Unknown“.

Josh Has An Impressive Career

Just in case you have missed it, Josh Gates has an impressive career both in and outside the entertainment industry. A native of Massachusetts and born into a British-American family, Josh graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Archeology and Drama.

Although the fields are an uncommon combination, his professional background has allowed him to incorporate both. His debut on TV happened back in 2002, when he made short appearances in the ESPN’s game show “Beg, Borrow & Deal” and other TV productions. His big time finally came in 2007 with “Ghost Hunters” and “Destination Truth”, which became Syfy’s most watched show for a while.

While his career as an actor is less well-known, it’s not non-existent either, having played roles in low-budget movies such as “Party Foul” in 2003, and “Hard Cell” in 2007.

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Josh has also been involved with the production of many of the series he’s hosted, including “Stranded” and “Legendary Locations”.

Though Josh’s background as an archaeologist has allowed him to develop the proper experience to be his show’s investigator, his involvement with paranormal-related and myth-hunter shows make him a very multi-faceted TV personality as well.

Filming Takes A Long Time

As expected, when it comes to a show so well planned and shot on location like “Expedition Unknown” is, filming could take unexpectedly long periods of hard work.

As it happens, in “Expedition Unknown” we’re used to seeing Josh and his experts travel around the world. Though that would be genuinely enjoyable for almost everyone, transporting the camera crew and production staff to those places usually takes weeks or even months of preparation, besides the normal time filming takes.

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All in all, it’s said that to produce every season of “Expedition Unknown”, the crew take 200 days a year, out of which hundreds of hours are spent in airplanes and other transport, as Josh affirms.

The Most Dangerous Place

For those who are used to seeing Josh Gates shenanigans in the show, it’s hard to think of naming only one place as the most life-endangering.

However, Josh’s closest call was definitely in Myanmar. It happened back in 2015, when he and his crew were filming the episode “Curse Of The Golden Bell” in the search for an ancient and lost artifact which took him to the depths of the Yangon River. While Josh is a professional scuba diver, he didn’t consider the difficulties that entailed swimming in such muddy waters.

The lack of visibility caused by the heavy pollution and strong currents made his mission to find King Dhammazedi’s Great Bell impossible.

As he affirms, diving there was like ‘working with a blindfold on, feeling around underwater’ and despite his initial enthusiasm, the conditions were not only just too dangerous, but actually the worst he’d ever experienced.

All in all, desisting from it was a good idea, especially considering how many people have actually died in the Yangon River while looking for the Great Bell.

Unexpected News While Filming

It’s nothing out of the normal for TV casts to be in contact with their families while filming, especially for shows like “Expedition Unknown”, in which the crews have to spend long periods traveling and away from their loved ones.

As it comes, Josh Gates was given one of the best news items of his life while filming the show. It was back in season two, when Josh and his crew were in Portugal filming the episode “Secrets of Christopher Columbus”, as he was phoned by his wife to tell him they were having a baby.

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The exact moment in which an overly excited and emotional Josh informs people around him that he was going to become a dad for the first time, was filmed and included in the episode.

Later in season four, again while on the road with the “Expedition Unknown”s crew, Josh was informed that he was going to become a father for a second time; he wasn’t filmed, we can clearly imagine his reaction.

Humor Doesn’t Always Go As It Should

Despite being an investigation-centered show, “Expedition Unknown” always has a little touch of humor to make everything lighter.

However, despite how entertaining and light-hearted Josh Gates’ jokes are to us, he affirms that being funny isn’t his strongest skill. According to him, his attempt at humor ‘falls flat all the time’, but it’s admittedly his way of not only keeping the audience’s attention, but to make the work environment easier to endure during situations hard to deal with.

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Despite the extensive planning the show’s staff does, things in “Expedition Unknown” don’t always go as they should while filming, so joking and trying to lift everyone’s spirits on set is considered important in Josh’s perspective. That positive approach is probably appreciated by his fellow co-workers, and the audience surely enjoys seeing  and hearing it.

Food Is Not Always Safe To Consume

For a show such as “Expedition Unknown”, unexpected problems related to environmental factors occur quite often. As is obvious, the crew usually deals with problems just fine, but there are times in which things get so out of hand that it could endanger the cast’s wellbeing.

The latter situation happened during the fourth season, when the crew was in Ecuador filming “Hunt for the Metal Library”, and had to spend a long time enclosed in a cave. While the crew was prepared beforehand to successfully face the conditions of said environment, having to eat in a place where there were many animals had its consequences.

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This resulted in three members of the show’s crew falling sick for consuming bat’s excrement that somehow had fallen on their food. While their health’s condition didn’t worsen and their sickness was actually not as serious as it sounds, it’s enough to give us an idea of how far the show goes to keep the cameras rolling.

Josh Married A Co-Star

As should be obvious, Josh Gates’ work schedule has been very hectic since he made his TV debut. Knowing he spends a significant part of his life on set, it’s understandable that he ended up meeting his significant other half there as well.

As it happened, Josh and his then wife-to-be Hallie Gnatovich met on the set of his formerly-hosted show “Destination Truth”, for which she worked as an off-camera researcher. Though details about their relationship are unknown, in 2014 they tied the knot, and have since welcomed two children together.

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Despite Josh’s celebrity status, he and Hallie have carefully kept their children’s privacy, by not revealing their names or faces to the public. Regardless of their choice maintaining their private, their relationship always looked blissful from the outside, that is until Hallie announced in August 2021 that she and Josh had been separated for ‘a year and half’. In her words, their divorce had been officialized just a couple of months before, and both of them were still trying to figure out their shared parenthood and separate lives.

Josh Gates Famous Necklace

One never gets surprised enough when it comes to celebrities and things their fans do for them. Although Josh Gates’ personality is pretty much on the humble and chill side, some of the weirdest aspects of being famous is the fact that his necklace, which he usually wears in the show, has become quite popular as well.

If you don’t believe us, you only have to look up “Josh Gates Necklace” on Facebook, and see it for yourself. As it turns out, the page is very active and usually updates “Expedition Unknown” fans on Josh’s shenanigans.

While the aforementioned accessory has been described as ‘not magical’ by Josh, seeing that its page has over 3,000 fans and keeps growing, it makes us question if his words are actually untrue.

How Topics Are Selected

Seeing that “Expedition Unknown”s main premise is that of pursuing and unveiling ancient mysteries, it’s only expected that a lot of research takes place prior to letting its crew adventure into often unknown territory.

There are certain aspects which play a big role while choosing what and where the show’s crew is going to explore. While every myth could be interesting enough to be considered, what catches the show’s research team’s attention is if the stories indeed have substance, or as Josh describes it, if they have ‘meat on the bone’.

With the help of international archaeologists and experts in other fields, Josh and his crew follow the leads that actually lead to something instead of simply being completely unproven.

Besides the obvious pre-research that they go through, logistics and resources are factors not to be left aside. However, according to Josh, he and the show’s crew go on their adventures without knowing a great deal about what is going to happen in the end, which obviously makes the whole deal more interesting for both them and the audience.

What Josh Has To Say About William Shatner

Throughout the years, “Expedition Unknown” has surely given us many memorable moments. Out of those, one of the most interesting was shown in the series’ spin-off, “Shark Trek”, featuring William Shatner.

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Of course, this sort of tribute to “Star Trek” was unexpected considering the show’s usual concept. Despite that, the challenges encountered by Josh Gates’ crew along the way turned out as an extraordinary experience for everyone.

However, if there’s something that stuck in our heads it was how easily William adapted to the show. It wasn’t only us who noticed it though, as Josh admitted himself that besides being an amazing co-star, William’s genuine interest made everything more enjoyable.

According to Josh, what made William’s a memorable partner was definitely his willingness to ‘tackle and understand’ his fear, in order to ultimately conquer it. Those are qualities which surely an expedition expert such as Josh appreciates a lot, and will make us remember the special show with a smile for a long time.

The Reason They Went On Exploring Sharks

As entertaining as “Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek’ was, at first many people were surprised to find that the series would continue exploring sharks, which was an admittedly unusual topic for a series mostly focused on uncovering other types of mysteries.

While the reaction is understandable, there were actually good reasons for this objective. As Josh explained, more than just going on a trip looking for sharks, his main focus was to explore human’s fearful attitude towards the unknown. In his words, the common fear towards these animals is partially caused by the media’s influence, films such as “Jaws”, and prejudices based on their appearance. However, by examining these sea creatures, Josh wanted to not only understand them, but to debunk the many misconceptions surrounding the species.

Needless to say, Josh’s intentions with the show are well appreciated by the audience, and surely by environmentalists as well.

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The Reason It Has Many Spin-Offs

“Expedition Unknown” has spawned several spin-off mini-series over the years, including titles such as “Hunt For The Yeti” and “Egypt Live”, which makes us feel happy to see it becoming a successful franchise.

However, while these aforementioned series were meant to show specific expeditions made by the crew in a deeper way, for the last couple of years, long-running spin-offs “Josh Gates Tonight” and “Expedition X” have also been released.

The reasoning behind creating these series in this new format, is a matter of adapting to the several regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult to produce “Expedition Unknown” in the same way we were used to.

Traveling and filming is also a big concern for the show’s production team for the same reason, but they’ve at least continued to produce content for the franchise until the situation improves. That’s a relief for fans, who still wait for “Expedition Unknown”s return to TV screens as it was previously.

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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

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For a time, fans of the reality-television series called “Fast N’Loud” were worried that one of its stars, Christie Brimberry, wouldn’t appear again in their favorite automotive restoration TV show. Due to health issues, she couldn’t perform her duties as the office manager of Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage, which was the focal point of the reality-TV series. She took a break from managing the business in 2016 to focus on getting healthy, with the blessing of everyone in the shop. Loyal fans were relieved when she was seen again in the 15th season of one of the most-watched car shows on Discovery Channel.

Christie’s Early Life and Family

Not much information about her family and early life was revealed to the public. All that was known about her was that she was born on 25 March 1972, in Dallas, Texas, because Christie was very careful about what she shared in her social media accounts and during interviews.

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On her social media pages, she was proud to post that she had a good relationship with her parents, most especially her mother who passed away in 2015. She also shared some rare photos with her sister, and said that she was her ‘ride or die until the tires fall off’.

Christie has been married for many years to Darren Brimberry, a professional hairstylist with a hair salon in Dallas. She has six children, and some featured in her Instagram account, although some fans wondered why she has children of Afro-American descent. A fan complimented her for adopting them, but another said that she didn’t adopt any of them, but without offering any other information; much speculation formed but she never addressed the isue. Some of her children have graduated from college, and some are already married. When she posted a tribute to her mother during Mother’s Day in 2020, she mentioned that her old lady was about to be a great-grandmother soon.

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From Gas Monkey Garage to “Fast N’Loud” reality-TV

The Gas Monkey Garage is a Dallas-based custom auto shop founded by Richard Rawlings. After seeing automotive shows on TV, he realized that there was a chunk of the untapped market that those TV shows hadn’t taken advantage of – he noticed that his wife and kids wouldn’t stay and watch an auto show with him. The businessman in him knew that he needed to have a garage first to get to that point of creating a TV show. It was like hitting two birds with one stone, since his passion was automotive restoration and customization, so he sold his printing and advertising business to open up a garage in Dallas. Christie was hired through her husband, Darren, who was Richard’s hairstylist.

For many years, he had been pitching the TV show concept to Discovery Channel, until the cable executives eventually accepted the idea and “Fast N’Loud,” was born.

Unlike other automotive shows on TV with overwhelming machismo, Richard toned it down and made it appealing to women and kids without turning off the male viewers. The premise of the TV series was that he would look for worn-down classic or vintage cars all over the country, and purchase them for his team to restore them at the garage. After the fabrication and restoration process, Richard would sell the vehicle at a higher price, creating a significant profit for the business.

All through this, Christie was responsible for assisting Richard in dealing with all the chaos and drama involving the various people in the team – even shouting at her boss – to make sure everyone stayed on course so that they could meet the deadline. The first episode aired in June 2012 and the final episode in June 2020, all in all 155 episodes over the course of 16 seasons, produced by Pilgrim Studios for Discovery Channel.

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Meet Christie’s Co-Workers at Gas Monkey Garage

It might be Richard Rawlings who owned the garage, but it was his team of experienced professionals who were responsible for the actual restoration and customization of each car. He had the final say on the overall plan, such as choosing the car to be restored, the schedule, and approval of the budget for the proposed project, while Richard’s sister, Daphne Kaminski, worked as the Head of Operations.

The main mechanic and chief fabricator, Aaron Kaufman, was there almost from the start until he left the garage to open up his own fabrication shop in 2018, and subsequently starred in his own TV show also aired on Discovery Channel. He was with Richard for 14 years, but they maintained a friendship afterwards, as Richard respected him not only as a fabricator but also as a person. Christie even promoted and congratulated Aaron when he finally launched his own online shop.

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The rest of the team was comprised of Tony Cano, Mike Coy, and Kennan Hons (Paint and Body Tech Team), Chad Isbell (Automotive Parts Expert), Russell Holmes (Mechanic), J. Cheatham and J. Freeman (Fabricators), Jon Rodriguez (Wiring Expert), and Jason Aker (Firebird expert),

The Real Reason Why Christie Left Gas Monkey Garage in 2016

Ignoring potential health problems was one of the reasons why Christie had to leave Gas Monkey Garage abruptly and indefinitely. It was revealed that back in October 2016, she went through life-threatening surgery to remove a cancerous lymph node from her thyroid. Initially, she didn’t want to share her experience with the public, as she was a very private person. However, she eventually thought it best to educate people about the importance of getting a medical examination when one’s body didn’t feel right.

Apparently, before August 2016 ended, she felt something like a small knot in her throat, but ignored it, thinking that it just had something to do with her Hashimoto condition, a disease that attacks the thyroid and creates nodules in the throat. When it became annoying and felt like having a finger shoved down her throat, Christie had it examined; she had an ultrasound, and when the doctor saw the size of the nodule, a biopsy followed. Somehow she knew deep inside that it could be something worse and dangerous, and 12 days later, her suspicions were confirmed. She had thyroid cancer and the only good thing about it was the doctor saying that it had only affected one lymph node, but it had to be treated right away because it was aggressive.

Christie was assured by her doctor that it would be an easy surgery, that the removal of the thyroid and the cancerous lymph node was done in one day, however, when they operated on her, it was discovered that cancer had spread and a cluster of lymph nodes was removed.

The doctor also had to remove a part of her trachea because it was affected as well. Unfortunately, during the process of removing all of it, the nerve in her voice box was cut, which resulted in her having no voice at all, and she was informed that the condition could last for about six months or so. Christie also had chemotherapy to help fully remove the cancerous cells from her body.

In November 2016, the tube that was inserted in her throat and the stitches were removed, however, the doctor identified that the left side of her voice box was still paralyzed, which made talking and swallowing difficult. Instead of the initial prognosis of six months, the doctor said it would take around eight months to a year before she regained her voice.

Christie went back for a follow-up after a month, and there was an improvement. She got her voice tone back, but she lost a lot of volume.

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She was advised to stop taking her thyroid medication so that she could receive Radioactive Iodine treatment; this created an imbalance in her thyroid hormones, that left her emotionally drained, such that she would cry often, and had little control over her emotions. Being on a low iodine diet, which meant no bread, no dairy and no commercially processed food, made it even more unbearable.

However, after a year of non-stop treatment and a disciplined lifestyle, Christie was declared cancer-free by her doctor in December 2017. She posted on her official Facebook page, ‘I went through the last of my treatment last week, and had my one-year bone scan on Friday! The results came back today and I am CANCER FREE!!!’

Back on Gas Monkey Garage and “Fast N’Loud”

While Christie was never fired from Gas Monkey Garage, as Richard was very supportive of her, she wasn’t physically able to join the rest of the cast of “Fast N’Loud.”

She totally regretted that she wasn’t part of the filming of the Mannequin Challenge that Richard and the rest of the team did in December 2016, however, she made sure to be active on her social media platforms Instagram and Facebook to help promote the TV show. There was even a time when she went live while an episode was being aired, just to stay connected with the fans.

When the doctors cleared her to return to work, she was welcomed back in the garage. On 13 June 2018, Richard posted on his official Facebook page, a photo of him sitting behind his desk in his office at Gas Monkey Garage with Christie looking on while pointing out something on a ledger. It was business as usual, and he captioned it with ‘Working hard and havin’ fun’, while Christie posted the same photo with the caption, ‘I love my job.’ Fans were able to see her once again in the last two seasons of their reality-TV series.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Loyal fans were shocked that Richard announced during a guest appearance in the podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in December 2020, that the 16th season that was aired earlier that year was the last from his team. He didn’t renew his contract with Discovery Channel, saying that it had run its course. However, he assured the fans that he had many plans for Gas Monkey Garage on other media platforms.

True enough, Gas Monkey Garage has been continuously uploading videos on their official YouTube channel, which has over 800,000 subscribers. They also created a podcast called “Monkey Trap with Richard Rawlings”, with their Facebook page having close to five million followers. Recently, the Gas Monkey Garage online merchandise shop launched Richard Rawling’s Car Sweepstakes, in which anyone who purchased $1 worth of merchandise automatically received a raffle ticket for the vehicle giveaway. For instance, a $35-trucker hat would mean 35 raffle entries into the giveaway contest.

A federal-regulated sweepstakes agency was tasked to draw the winner each time the giveaway countdown ends.

Christie Brimberry net worth and financial difficulties

According to authoritative sources, Christie has an estimated net worth of $2 million, some earned from her participation in the reality-TV series and her involvement with the Gas Monkey Garage business. This assess thatment must be true before her battle with cancer, because in some of her social media posts, she shared that she had a hard time paying for the medical bills she incurred for her cancer treatment, saying the insurance coverage that she had wasn’t large enough to cover all the expenses. To alleviate some of the expenses, she marketed events and brands through paid sponsorship on her social media accounts, and was even accused of being a sellout through the comments she received. One time, she was fed up with them that she told everyone that it was her way of surviving, and if they didn’t approve, they could unfollow.

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When “Fast N’Loud” ended its run, fans were worried that Christie lost another source of income. After a while, she announced that she’d opened up an account in OnlyFans.com. While some of her fans were apprehensive about this, the move no longer surprised them and they suspected it was to be used for a secondary source of revenue. Most of the celebrities and regular folks joined this web content subscription service, so that they could earn money from subscribers. It was one of those social media platforms that allowed content creators to receive funding from their fans for exclusive pay-per-view photos or videos. It actually created an uproar over the Internet, as most of the content offered consisted of sexually explicit videos and photos.

When Christie posted a teaser showing a photo of her wearing an unbuttoned shirt revealing her cleavage down to her tummy, the fans expected racy content from her.

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However, she clarified many rumors that went around after her OnlyFans announcement, debunking what most of the fans thought was her reason for joining, saying that it wasn’t for financial reasons because she wasn’t broke. She also said that she wasn’t getting a divorce, that the OnlyFans idea came from her husband. Christie said she was just happy and that the timing was perfect as she was in a place where she’s most comfortable with her skin. Not everyone believed her because of her previous posts about her problems with finances due to her surgery and all that came with it. For $24, a subscriber could access the 165 digital media she posted about herself for three months on her OnlyFans account, however, the controversial crowd-sourcing site announced that it would prohibit account users from uploading explicit images and videos, as of October 2021.

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Her profile on her official OnlyFans account showed ‘I used to be that girl from that show but now I’m the girl from that website! No porn, I’m not a porn star.’ However, her sexy photos in which her nipples were in full view were leaked to the public, even if there was a warning on her page that said, ‘Any images/videos re-uploaded elsewhere online will be sent a DMCA from my lawyer, and legal ramifications will be enforced.’ Some of her subscribers said it was like Christie posted for racy magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse.

“Fast N’Loud” fans were wondering if she’s still connected with Gas Monkey Garage, because based on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, she hasn’t posted anything about them in 2021. The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus has surely created problems for all types of businesses all over the world, and it would not be impossible at all if the auto shop undertook some reorganization of its staff and crew.

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