90 Day Fiance fans took notice when Danielle Mullins Jbali started begging them for cash.
They wondered why a reality star would have to crowdfund $5,000. Aren't they normally loaded?
Not so much when it comes to 90 Day Fiance, unfortunately.
As we previously reported and as RadarOnline has confirmed, most of the stars are only paid a little.
And it turns out that some of the people you see appear on the TLC series aren't paid at all for their trouble.
If you've wondered why these stars create GoFundMe accounts, charge for videos, or work minimum wage jobs -- this is why.
Danielle Mullins is asking fans for cash
She needs to raise $5,000, she says, or risk losing the trailer that is currently her home.
Danielle has a lot of fans; it could work
Despite her controversial role on the show -- where some saw her and Mohamed Jbali as a pair of villains who deserve each other -- she could raise the funds.
But why does she need the money?
She says that it's because she's in negotiations with the landlord of her trailer park over past due rent, and that she may need to pay to have her home moved elsewhere if she's evicted.
She promises that she hasn't misspent her 90 Day Fiance funds
"I bought my home, bought appliances, did some repairs to the home, paid for a STNA class, put a down payment on a newer car . It was not spent foolishly. I have not received a tv show check in a year," Danielle wrote on social media.
So how much did she have to begin with?
We don't know -- but she wasn't raking in the dough in the way that Real Housewives or even Honey Boo-Boo's family does.
Remember David and Annie?
There was a creepy episode of 90 Day Fiance when David's friend asked Annie for a "massage." There's more context but it only makes it worse. The fallout from that revealed a lot about how 90 Day Fiance operates.
See, David's friends weren't under contract
David's friend revealed that producers had asked him to make that overture in order to stir up drama. He was free to reveal this because, unlike David and Annie, he wasn't paid and he wasn't under contract.
And they revealed so much more
David's friends shared that, though they were not paid, your average 90 Day Fiance star is only making a small amount in their first season.
How much is a small amount?
We're talking about $1,000 per episode for someone's first season, David's friends reported.
It turns out that it's even worse than that
According to what a source tells RadarOnline, new 90 Day Fiance stars make as little as $500 to $1000 per episode. Does that add up across episodes? Absolutely. But it's no fortune.
That's why Steven Frend started a GoFundMe
He has a job and a career plan and is willing to work hard for his love, Olga Koshimbetova, and their child, baby Alex. But he opened the door for fans to help him provide for his precious baby.
It's why Larissa had to ask for help
After their scary, bloody fight, Larissa was totally cut off by her (now ex) husband, Colt, whom she claimed kept the money that they made from Cameo videos for fans. She had to live with her friend, Carmen, and accept the generosity of fans just to pay for her attorneys.
That is why Nicole Nafziger worked at Starbucks
And why, these days, she's doing partnerships on social media and also charging fans for videos (get your head out of the gutter -- personalized, entirely safe-for-work videos).
It's probably why Jesse and Darcey stayed on the show so long
Multiple seasons means more money ... though it's entirely possible that they really are as disfunctional of a pair of human beings as they appear on screen.
That's why Eric Rosenbrook is still on a tight budget
Much to the disappointment of Leida Margaretha, whose family is very wealthy
It's why Mohammed Jbali moved
Sure, he wanted to get away from Danielle, but he also moved to Texas for more job opportunities. That 90 Day Fiance money just doesn't last.
It's why Kirlyam and Alan Cox aren't on the show anymore
They had their 15 minutes of fame and now they're just delightful nerds and new parents together.
Luis Mendez claimed that his pay was even worse
He threatened to sue 90 Day Fiance and TLC, claiming that they hadn't paid him at all and that they just took advantage of foreigners to put money in their own pockets.
Of course, that may have been a visa issue
Having permission to be in the US is not the same thing as having a work visa -- and companies can't pay you for work until you get one. We hope that he resolved that -- that way he got at least SOMETHING out of his time on the show
Molly, on the other hand, may have had more success
Not only was she paid for her role on 90 Day Fiance, but she used the limited fame from it to promote her bra business.
90 Day Fiance stars really do get married for love ...
... Or for citizenship, or for lust, or a measure of fame. But they're clearly not just in it for the cash.