'She is like a barbie doll' - J'can, fiancee to appear in US reality TV show
As soon as word gets out that a Jamaican is in an intimate relationship with an American, almost instantly there is chatter that the islander only wants to get his or her hands on a green card.
But for 21-year-old Jay Smith, who will appear in TLC's reality TV show 90 Day Fiance, starting on October 21, he genuinely loves his older Caucasian partner, and he insists that he is not only seeking to secure his stay in the United States.
Calling his 31-year-old 'bae' his barbie, the Port Maria native confessed that he used to 'run around' before he met Ashley Martson, but now he wants to settle down.
"I couldn't be with my fiancÈe for the green card because she is like a barbie doll. She is amazing. So, there is no way that I am with her just to get a green card. That is just stupid," said Smith, who was a tattoo artiste in Jamaica.
He explained that he fell in love with her the moment he laid eyes on her at Margaritaville in Ocho Rios, when she visited the island on a wedding trip.
"She is a beautiful blonde, and she's got those nice beautiful blue eyes and her personality was stunning. And just like meeting her for the first time in person, I could know that she was the one," he said.
However, he lost contact with her after she left the island, but he tracked her down on social media in pursuit of her love. Luckily, he found her in about four weeks.
"We started talking on the phone, and when she saw that I really wanted to be in a relationship, she travelled to Jamaica 16 times (within a year and half) just to visit with me," he said, pointing out that she wants him to live with her in the United States.
URGED TO STAY TOGETHER
He also noted that his fiancÈe also has a good relationship with his family, and they are being encouraged to stay together.
Smith, who is in the US for the first time, said they were cast to appear in the reality series while they were in process of applying for his Q1 visa.
And with a promotional clip making the rounds on TV and social media, he said that many Jamaicans are looking forward to seeing him on American TV.
Despite this being his first serious relationship, he says he is ready to remain committed to the woman, who already has two children, to prove the critics wrong.
"Most people were having an issue with the age, saying that she is older than me and I am way too young and I am gonna do stuff. That I am not ready to get married and settle down as yet, but their opinion does not matter. At the end of the day, it is what we decide between both of us," he said.
Smith also boasted that he doesn't expect his fiancÈe to leave him based on his sexual prowess.
"You know Jamaican guys have good 'D', and she love that," he said, while urging persons to watch the first episode to get the full 'gist' of her reasoning.
With the rule of the series being that couples must marry before the visas expire in 90 days or else the visitors will have to immediately return to their countries, Smith's future should be decided by the end of the season.