90 Day Fiancé star 'Big Ed' Brown secretly filed for bankruptcy TWICE before he trashed ex Rose Vega's meager income

90 DAY Fiancé star "Big Ed" Brown secretly filed for bankruptcy twice before he called his ex-girlfriend Rosemarie Vega "poor" on the TLC show, The Sun can exclusively report.

In a past season, he also blew up as he accused Rose's sister, Maria, of asking him for money behind her back.


In court papers exclusively obtained by The Sun, Edward Allen – better known as Big Ed on the show – filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and then again in 2017, two years before starring in 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.

According to the 2004 filing, the TLC star owed a total of $133,827.30 in debt that included credit cards, medical bills, car payments, phone bills, and student loans.

He owed $13,000 worth of car payments on a Dodge Neon and $16,866.59 on a Chrysler from 2002.

Additionally, Ed collected $6,056.10 worth of unpaid medical bills from 2001-2003.


He also racked up $6,609.80 on credit card debt going back as far as 1998, $89,000 on student loans, and $1,780.62 on two different phone bills.

At the time, the professional photographer reported that his monthly income was that of $3,447.12, but his spending average was of $3,608 a month, with $200 going towards child support of his daughter Tiffany, who was 13 at the time.

The bankruptcy claim was originally filed on May 2004 and closed on September of the same year with the reality TV star having to surrender his Dodge Neon.

Unfortunately, his financial woes weren't over then as he was forced to file for bankruptcy once more in 2017, where he owed over $185,704.

This time around, he specifically owed $15,197 on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler and $23,193 on a BMW debt.

He also racked up over $19,790 on credit card debt, including a card to Bloomingdales and Williams Sonoma.

His student loan also increased from back in 2004 to $126,534.

The San Diego native also listed that his monthly income from his time as a designer at Studio Europa was $3,000 per month. However, he spent $2,997 a month, leaving him with just $3 on his bank account.

The case was filed in July 2017 and later closed with Big Ed refusing to give up his Jeep Wrangler, according to the court documents.

The Sun reached out to Big Ed for comment but didn't receive any response at the time of publication.


Big Ed rose to fame when he appeared on season four of 90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days as he went to the Philippines to meet his long-distance girlfriend, Rose, who was 31 years younger than him.

Big Ed's love for Rose was put in question by fans multiple times as he tried to change different things about her when they met.

When he first visited her humble home, he told the camera: "It's all open above and they don't have a front door, they just have a curtain of CD covers and it's all concrete with sheets to make it more homely.

"I expected it to be pretty bad but this is really bad."

He also was forced to share a room with Rose and her father, who told the cameras he wanted to make sure that "he respects" his daughter, and was upset that he couldn't sleep on sheets made of at least 1,000 thread-count.

In another instance, he suggested she shave her legs and gifted her lingerie, something which visibly made Rose uncomfortable.

The father of one also gave her a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash "because of her breath," to which Rose told him that she had a stomach ulcer that caused her bad breath.

In the end, what caused Rose to leave Big Ed was the fact that he told her he believed she was also behind her sister asking him for money and that he had hidden his vasectomy.


She had always expressed she wanted more kids but he never told her about it until he traveled overseas to meet her.

He told her: "Last night, you talked about how you wanted more kids and I want to be honest with you, I raised a daughter and she's 29 and it was a great experience but having more kids is not something I want.

"In fact, before coming to the Philippines, I had scheduled two appointments to have an operation. It's called a vasectomy."

When she told him that she didn't understand, he told her: "It prevents me from getting you pregnant."

In the end, Big Ed walked away from her when she called him "a bad person" and she went back to their room, packed up her things, and abandoned him without saying anything.

After his failed relationship with Rose, Big Ed joined the 90 Day Fiancé franchise The Single Life.

Big Ed returned home and is looking to fall in love again as he "enlists some professional help to improve his dating game," and decides to take a chance "by asking out someone he's had a crush on for a while," according to People.

He has seemingly done so with a Rose-lookalike, a woman he's tagged in multiple pictures named Claire.

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