Early this year, fans watched in abject horror as Leida Margaretha and Eric Rosenbrook wrote Tasha Rosenbrook, Eric's teen daughter, out of their lives.
The fallout from their 90 Day Fiance drama resulted in Leida securing a restraining order against Tasha. Wow.
Now, a lot has changed, including that daughter's name -- she now goes by Alari.
In a stunning new interview with In Touch Weekly, both Leida and Alari are speaking up.
Their feud has been quashed after the two women bonded over the most unlikely subject imaginable.
Is this Leida's redemption arc?
A villain no more?
Leida Margaretha was one of the most reviled stars of the 90 Day Fiance franchise. While she has clearly taken a lot of steps to change her tune, some fans may have a hard time letting go of what they've seen.
Why was Leida so hated?
On top of displaying a bad attitude upon arrival, she and Eric's adult teenage daughter, Tasha, did not get along at all when Leida arrived in the US. She eventually strongarmed Eric into making Tasha move out of her own apartment. Hearing Tasha's voice break as she began to cry was absolutely heartbreaking. At the Tell All special, Leida did not appear to express remorse. Then she secured a restraining order against Tasha, making it difficult for father and daughter to even see each other.
Leida has now dropped the restraining order
"The restraining order [was] never meant to be forever," she explains in a new interview with In Touch Weekly.
The beef is no more
"I did that because I had to," Leida claims. "I have nothing against Alari." Notably, Tasha is now going by Alari; we used her old name in the headline so that longtime fans will recognize her name.
She's glad that it's over
Leida adds: "It breaks my heart to see this family had to [be] this way, and I know that my husband, Eric, is really [caring] and he loves his kids."
Here's why she dropped the order
"Then when I heard they’re both sincere and talk each other again," Leida recalls. "I’m thinking like, ‘[Why] should I continue this family feud?" Note that the order was also a potential obstacle for Tasha's employment. Many jobs do background checks, and a restraining order is going to make you look like more of a risky hire than someone without one.
The feeling was mutual
"At the same time," Leida describes. "I heard from my husband that Alari has nothing against me either, so I think it [was] best to proceed to dismiss the restraining order."
They actually have a lot in common
Leida remarks: "Especially [since] Alari and I shared the same hobbies like crafting, cosplay, and art, so it’s so unfortunate if we can’t support each other as a family."
It just seemed best to drop it
"We are family, whether you like it or not, we are, somehow related," Leida notes. "So, that’s also the reason why I just decided to drop it."
Alari has also spoken
"The 90 Day drama aside, I’ve been going through a lot and things have been stupid hard for me lately," Eric's daughter admits. "So allowing anybody new in my life, whether or not I’ve known them in the past, has been a trip,”
For Alari, cosplay is a passion but also a form of self-care
“A middle school friend recently reached out to me, and though we were great friends then, with my paranoia I’m having a hard time trusting them," Alari admits, in reference to how sometimes even a touch of fame can make people around you treat you differently. "Cosplay has helped, but this isn’t anything I’ve planned on stopping, despite the many people trying to get me to. The family support is nice though."
Leida actually helped with that
"While both Alari and I were working on the costume separately because we’re not allowed to make contact to each other, I was also at the same time, [in the process of getting] my lawyer to prepare all the paperwork and send it to the court and wait for the judge to sign it,”
Even Eric made himself useful
“So at that time while we’re both working on that," Leida describes. "My husband Eric was our middle guy, or the messenger of both Alari and I."
It helped them to bond
"We shared the same hobbies, talents, interests, so it’s not hard at all," Leida says. "And yes, shared interest of cosplay helps a lot. Also, Alari has an amazing talent, also she needs more guidance, more support from the family, and more great resources. We just need to keep supporting each other, since we’re family."
Leida even describes Alari's cosplay panel
"It was great. It was amazing, we actually had people came into our first panel together, and Alari gave the best presentation ever that I would’ve never imagine," Leida describes. "And yes, I will always help and keep supporting not only Alari but for all the kids, [including] her sisters and my own son, to improve their talents."
Here's How Alari describes that
"My first panels went well," she shares. "I was in drama club and forensics in high school and have always enjoyed giving speeches and presentations, so panel working is no problem for me and I don’t mind doing them with her or any other person."
As for the future
Alari shares: "I have plans of launching my own panel series starting next year, and though most will be solo, there are a few I’ll be dueting with other cosplayers."