Alina Kozhevnikova was memorably fired from the 90 Day Fiancé franchise after some controversy cut her time on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days short, and the Russian singer discussed her past racist posts and how she reacted to being fired in her first sit-down interview since her time on TLC. Alina appeared alongside American Caleb Greenwood and became an early fan-favorite, only to see her popularity sharply plummet when fans uncovered old racist and insensitive posts she had made in the past decade. While many viewers were furious with Alina over the images, the singer revealed that she didn’t understand why 90 Day Fiancé fans and her fellow cast members turned on her.
Alina joined the cast of Before the 90 Days season 5 to pursue a relationship with her long-time digital friend Caleb as well as to show that people with Diastrophic Dysplasia can date just like anyone else. While Caleb knew Alina was a little person, he wasn’t prepared for the challenges that came with dating her. Caleb decided that they were better off as friends, though he later helped Alina off-screen by purchasing tickets for her and her best friend Elijah to flee Russia after they spoke out against the government and were unable to buy tickets with their Russian credit cards. Before Alina was applauded for speaking out against Russia during the ongoing war, she was slammed by fans for several posts that saw her using the N-word multiple times as well as making insensitive remarks about other cultures and races.
Alina opened up on The Sarah Fraser Show podcast to discuss being fired from the 90 Day Fiancé franchise in her first sit-down interview since it happened. Though she is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is video editing, working on her music and dating, Alina talked about receiving the shocking news that TLC had fired her. She explained that she had no idea that what she said was offensive at the time, as it wasn’t considered offensive in Russia due to the drastically different culture. Alina said she wished someone would have told her not to post the N-word because she never wanted to offend people. “When I faced discrimination for the first time of my life, I was still in middle school…for me, it was mind-blowing,” she said of her own experience being discriminated against. Alina emphasized that she felt bad about her posts and the way they affected people negatively.
Not only did Alina receive backlash from fans, but she revealed that almost the entire cast of Before the 90 Days season 5 unfollowed her as soon as she was fired. Though she tried to explain her side of the story, Alina stated that no one responded to her messages after she reached out and directly asked her fellow cast members why they were no longer speaking to her. However, she does keep in touch with Ben Rathbun’s friend Jessica Siciliano. “I really like her. I think she’s great,” Alina said. While losing friendships was disappointing for Alina, she has moved on with her life and is now dating again since her heartbreak with Caleb. While Caleb has moved on to 90 Day Diaries and revealed he is seeing someone new, Alina is looking for love in Buenos Aires. Alina is very confident about her romantic life and even had an anonymous blog about her sex life.
Alina might have been panned by viewers, but she has continued to use her 90 Day Fiancé franchise platform to discuss dwarfism. She enjoys connecting to other people and helping people feel confident in their own skin. She made it clear that she isn’t interested in men who fetishize her and her medical condition. One of her aims has always been to prove to both franchise fans and her followers that people with dwarfism can date just the same as everyone else and shouldn’t be viewed any differently in a romantic context. Though Alina was slammed by many franchise fans, she asked people who are on the fence about her to give her a chance since there are two sides to every story. Alina seeks to not be defined by her time in the 90 Day Fiancé franchise, as she has learned from the experience considerably and matured.