Why 90 Day Fiancé Fans Forgave Debbie Johnson Too Quickly
90 Day Fiancé alum Debbie Johnson's problematic behavior has damaged her relationship with Colt Johnson. Is she really worth saving?
90 Day Fiancé alum Debbie Johnson has undergone a dramatic transformation since joining the team, but she might not quite deserve her redemption arc. Her extreme makeover makes it easier for fans to forget just how problematic her behavior really is. Debbie's deteriorating relationship with son Colt Johnson has led some fans to sympathize with her, despite her role in the estrangement.
Fans were first introduced to Colt's mom, Debbie, in the Season 6 episode "90 Day Fiancé", when Colt brought Larissa Lima to Las Vegas to live with Debbie in his apartment. As Colt is the son of a certified mom, tensions between the three of them grew. There were heated arguments and an eventual breakup, with some viewers hoping for justice for Larissa. Debbie strikes out on her own, starring in seasons 2 and 3 of 90 Day Fiancé: The Single Life, where she becomes even more likable in her quest for love.
Debbie Johnson Has Been Called Problematic
Debbie meddled in Colt's relationship with Larissa in 90 Day Fiancé season 6, and also in 90 Day Fiancé: The Single Life season 1. In the latter part, Colt had a brief affair with Jessica Lorin Hanvey before marrying Vanessa Guerra. Debbie's legendary screaming match with Larissa is accompanied by slight slamming and constant guilt trips. When Debbie feels threatened by Colt's girlfriend, her sweet old lady bites. Her seeming reluctance to let go of Colt is definitely a red flag.
Why Debbie Johnson Doesn’t Deserve Redemption
Colt and Debbie's relationship breaks down as Debbie continues to interfere in Colt's marriage, with Vanessa setting boundaries. On the 90 Day Fiancé: The Single Season 3 episode of Tell-All, Vanessa revealed that their marriage was not going well. She said Colt was looking forward to her playing the role of Debbie's mother. Colt's mother wept and clung to boyfriend Tony Stacevic as the pair accused Debbie of ruining their marriage. Theatrical performances bring to mind Debbie's screams and doors slamming. With her own troublesome behavior negatively impacting her relationship with Colt, Vanessa's indifference to Debbie's tears is understandable.
90 Day Fiancé's fans reorient themselves and begin to see Debbie as a girlfriend who adores her boyfriend, rather than an overly devoted mom who can easily fall into the trap of sympathizing with her. Although she seems to have softened up a bit over the course of the date, Debbie's problem behavior should not be forgotten. Her appearance may have changed drastically from when fans first met her, but beneath the flowing red hair and butterfly tattoos, Debbie is still the same strong and argumentative woman.