The fascinating TV show ’90 Day Fiance: UK’ on TLC gives us a glimpse into the lives of Brits contemplating cross-border romances with foreigners. Cross-border relationships can be difficult because people struggle with marked differences in conventions, cultures, habits and ways of life. In addition, when you travel to a foreign country to work on your relationship, it is also quite a challenge to adapt to a new environment. It’s fascinating to watch as each couple approaches their issues in their own unique way, with cameras recording their every action and future at stake.
Richard, a resident of Preston, Lancashire, and Kathleen, his Filipino girlfriend, first appeared in the first season of 90 Day Fiance: UK. We learned that Kathleen has always been very jealous of her boyfriend’s female companions, although Richard said he prefers a traditional girl over a trendy one. Fans have been keen to know more about this intriguing duo, but the Brit-born confessed that even in a relationship he likes to indulge in a bit of flirtation. Here is all the information we have on Richard and Kathleen.
Where are Richard and Kathleen from?
Richard, who was 41 at the time of filming, lives in Preston, Lancashire, where he hosts quiz shows for a job and even runs a pop quiz empire that sells his software around the world. Although Richard was portrayed as living alone in a small house, he admitted that he often felt quite lonely and always longed to meet someone to cook, clean and keep him company.
But on the face of it, the native Brit seemed very friendly and preferred a party lifestyle. Richard even mentioned that he and his friends went out partying practically every night, ending up at a kebab shop before taking a cab home. He also seemed particularly interested in anything unusual and was spotted enjoying himself in a Lancashire naturist pub.
While Kathleen, 32, was shown to live in Cebu City, Philippines with her parents and younger brother, she is actually from that city. As the eldest, Kathleen claimed that she does most of the family’s chores and even occasionally cooks for them. Also, her family wanted her to run their family-run general store and serve customers all day.
How did Richard and Kathleen meet?
It’s interesting that Kathleen said she has no plans to meet anyone outside of the Philippines, but a happy accident led her to find Richard on a global dating app. Richard, on the other hand, claimed he was tired of dating English women and wanted a traditional partner for marriage. He then discovered Kathleen’s profile on the same international dating app and the two struck up a conversation.
Of course, Kathleen’s family were very suspicious of Richard at first because they didn’t know what he was up to with the Filipino American. But as Kathleen and Richard grew closer, her family became more accepting of the Brit and they even welcomed him when he decided to fly to the Philippines to be with the love of his life for a few days. It was interesting to learn from Richard that at the time of filming he and Kathleen had been together for about four years and were very serious about getting married. However, their love was frequently hampered by his tendency to flirt and her jealousy.
Richard and Kathleen: Prospects for the future
Kathleen fits Richard’s ideal of a traditional girl in an interesting way – someone who will cook for him, take care of him and not be afraid to clean up after him. Although Richard and Kathleen make positive first impressions, their relationship may eventually suffer from the Filipino’s jealousy and Kathleen’s penchant for innocent British flirting.
First, Richard said that he enjoys being himself and would not change for anyone in the world, contrary to Kathleen’s request that her boyfriend behave properly and not make advances towards other women. Richard even acknowledged that Kathleen would encounter some problems once she arrived in the UK. However, we believe that because of their love and affection for each other, the couple will be able to overcome their differences and move towards a bright future.