A star on the hit TLC show 90 Day Fiance says his ex-girlfriend is in a better place financially thanks to him and the show.
Ed Brown, 55 — known as ‘Big Ed,’ — says his Filipina ex Rose Vega, 24, is now ‘in a better financial situation,’ due to their relationship, opening up about it in an interview with People magazine.
First meeting his younger potential wife online, he traveled to her home in the Philippines to court her before things quickly went south.
Better off: Big Ed, 55, from the hit TLC show 90 Day Fiance says his ex Filipina girlfriend Rose Vega, 24, is now in a ‘better financial situation’ because of him
Lap of luxury: Thanks to her appearance on the show, Rose has been afforded viral fame and has been able to support herself financially in ways she had never imagined; pictured February 26
Despite being broken up, Big Ed said that Rose has been very successful thanks to him and the fame the show afforded them.
‘She’s in a better financial situation, and that’s because of us meeting, than she could ever imagine. She’s very successful with her online business. She’s modeling, she added a second story to her sister’s house,’ he shared.
The pair reunited virtually on the spinoff 90 Day Bares All, where he addressed the shortcomings that caused their relationship to fall apart, eventually making amends.
Learning from the past: On 90 Day Bares All he got his chance to apologize telling her ‘Today, I apologize. You’ve helped me in so many ways’; pictured July 2020
Thriving: He told People magazine ‘She’s very successful with her online business. She’s modeling, she added a second story to her sister’s house’; pictured January 2020
Career driven: Rose has parlayed the show’s viral fame into a modeling career, also posting YouTube content; pictured October 2020
On the show he lied about his 4’11 height before meeting her, insinuated she was sleeping around by asking her to get an STD test, and even bluntly remarked at her personal hygiene, telling her she had hairy legs and bad breath.
While over there he also publicly gawked at her family’s living quarters – freaking out over their makeshift roof, freely roaming livestock and the presence of rats in the shower.
Ed confessed, ‘What was great about that is I got to be complete with Rose. And I got to apologize. And I was kind of forgiven,’ saying they both decided to ‘move on.’
He admitted that her previous resentment towards him was valid, but above all she was thriving now and that was the important thing.
Moving forward: The pair reunited virtually where he addressed the shortcomings that caused their relationship to fall apart, eventually making amends
Offended: Throughout the course of the show, things between the pair became increasingly hostile – most notably his comments about her personal hygiene and his insinuation she was sleeping around
Terrible time: ‘She had always said, ‘This was the worst thing that ever happened to me and you came to the Philippines and you just took advantage of me and used me,’ he shared
‘She had always said, “This was the worst thing that ever happened to me and you came to the Philippines and you just took advantage of me and used me.”‘
Ed told Rose, ‘Today, I apologize. You’ve helped me in so many ways. I’m very happy. I’m growing, I still have a lot to learn, but you admired me and you touched my heart — even though it didn’t work out.’
Rose said she was ‘happy to accept’ the apology, also saying that she did not regret that part of their lives.
Not her style: Rose began dating a woman after she and Ed split (though they are no longer together) also sharing, ‘I’m happy for him, for whoever he wants to give his sperm to.’
Shortcomings: While courting her in The Philippines he publicly gawked at her family’s living quarters – freaking out over their makeshift roof, freely roaming livestock and the presence of rats in the shower; pictured April 2019
‘I don’t really regret it because, first of all, it already happened. I accept everything because that’s the past and it became part of my life. And also, for me to regret it, for what? For what purpose? Am I right? Because I moved on already,’ she said.
Rose also said she did love him at the time, but after they split she began dating a woman (though they are no longer together) sharing on the reunion, ‘I’m happy for him, for whoever he wants to give his sperm to.’
The photographer turned interior designer told her: ‘Well, I’m happy that you’re happy and I don’t regret meeting you at all. You changed my life for the better. So thank you.’
Heightened awareness: After admitting that his comments to her throughout their relationship were less than kind he said ‘I don’t regret meeting you at all. You changed my life for the better. So thank you’