’90 Day Fiance’: Big Ed Is In Big Debt, Declared Bankruptcy Twice

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90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days star Big Ed Brown could be in big trouble with his finances. He previously revealed that he’s the real him on the show. But he’s not making the money that he claims. The 55-year-old reality star reportedly declared bankruptcy twice in 2004 and 2017. It also could be the reason why his mom is now living with him. The shocking finding was first reported by @celebtm on Instagram.

In addition, 90 Day Fiance blogger John Yates tweeted the official paperwork from Big Ed’s bankruptcy filings. Both of his bankruptcy filings went viral on social media over the weekend. Read on to learn more about his reported financial problems.

Big Ed Brown has big money problems

On Friday, May 15, @celebtm first reported about Big Ed Brown’s financial problems. The details of the 90 Day Fiance star’s bankruptcy filings were also reported on Starcasm. The 90 Day Fiance star filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy twice in 2004 and 2017. During his first filing, he had $133,827.30 in liabilities. He only has $63 in his checking account, while he owed close to $700 to Bally Fitness.

During his 2004 Chapter 7 filing, Big Ed claimed he only has $20 in cash and $63 in his personal checking account at the time. He filed for an exemption of nearly $5,000 for personal property, which includes clothing, household goods, and a $700 watch. Big Ed also claimed a total of $133,827.30 in both secured and unsecured debt.

He received approval on September 2, 2004. But that wasn’t the only time that he declared bankruptcy. Big Ed returned to California bankruptcy court in 2017 with a much larger debt. While he had no cash on hand this time around, his personal checking accounts contained $235. The filing revealed that Big Ed has a total of $185,704.00 in liabilities. He filed for an exemption of $2,900 of clothing, electronics, sports equipment, and more.


Much like the filings, the details on Big Ed’s income is kind of confusing. There are different figures from the bankruptcy filings:

“List monthly gross wages, salary, and commissions (before all payroll deductions): $3,000.00. Fill in the average monthly income that you received from all sources, derived during the 6 full months before you file this bankruptcy case: $4,192.67.”


Big Ed’s income in 2016 was $52,600 and $50,000 in 2015. As for 2004, he wrote in the filings that he made $4,763 per month gross income, and only took home $3,500 during that time.

Does the 90 Day Fiance star have his mother living with him?

According to 90 Day Fiance blogger, John Yates, Big Ed’s financial problems could be the reason why his mother now lives with him. On Season 4 of Before the 90 Days, the TLC star stresses out when Rose’s sister asks him for money. But it could be because he could use some extra money himself. It appears that Big Ed is in need of some financial help himself, which could be why he has his mom living with him.


You can watch Big Ed’s relationship with Rose Vega on new episodes of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.

Chanel Adams

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