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’90 Day Fiancé’s Liz Reacts to Big Ed’s Criticism Over New Boyfriend

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90 Day Fiancé star Liz has moved on from Big Ed and is opening up about her new boyfriend to ET. ET’s Melicia Johnson sat down with Liz to talk about her and Ed’s shocking split and she also reacted to Ed’s interesting comments to ET about her boyfriend.

Ed called it off from Liz for good on this season of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? despite the two breaking up and getting back together multiple times in the past. Ed callously called of their wedding without even telling her, and Liz told ET the experience was “traumatizing.” But after their split, she found love again unexpectedly. Liz shared her new boyfriend’s reaction to Ed — who’s one of the most recognizable faces in the 90 Day Fiancé franchise — being her ex.

“He said if I ever speak to you the way that Ed has ever spoken to you, you better go tell my family and walk away from me right away,” she tells ET. “He said I don’t ever have to worry about feeing the way that I did and that he’ll always grow with me as a person, and he’s actually been by my side and allowed me to heal and grow as a person without asking me to change one thing. He’s allowed me to go through every emotion.”

“Yeah, so when he found out (Ed was my ex) it was a lot to take in, but he’s been nothing but like a blanket for me,” she continues.

In an interview with ET, Ed revealed that he has in fact met Liz’s boyfriend, calling him “a hunk.” But he also had some doubts about their relationship, noting that he felt Liz had some issues she still needed to fix.  Ed told ET in part, “I mean I’m happy for her … just my concern is we all have things that we need to work on and deal with and if we don’t, they’re gonna rear their ugly head and that’s my fear is that it’s not gonna … it won’t last because Liz will not have dealt with the same things that I have to deal with.”

Liz did not agree with the comments.

“I don’t think Ed’s walked past a mirror,” Liz says. “Don’t give advice if you can’t take your own advice. I don’t appreciate those comments. I think he needs to take that self-reflection. … If you’re already speaking on my relationship, there’s obviously something you’re still holding on to, so.”

But Liz did acknowledge she had some things to work on given her previous two failed marriages and her failed engagement with Ed.

“I love red flags,” she says with a laugh of her past relationships. “No, there is a pattern. There is a huge pattern. … I think since I’ve always been independent too, but then growing up, I like, I grew up so fast that I felt like I didn’t even really have like a father figure in my life too so maybe there’s some type of issue there.”

“It could be daddy issues, there just has been a pattern with me being in more of a submissive relationship, kind of being told what to do,” she continues. “It’s easy for me to take direction and I can give direction, but I’m always letting the man be the upper hand and the more controlling person. I’ve never felt like an equal and I know that there’s a pattern there because all my relationships have been the same.”

But Liz shares how it’s been different since her split from Ed.

“I’ve set a lot of boundaries,” she notes. “I speak my mind all the time. I don’t hold things in. I think the hardest part is addressing something that bothers me right then and there, instead of bottling it up. I definitely feel like I’m in a free space now to be able to speak my emotions and say how I feel. But as far as a pattern, I’ve definitely not chosen healthy relationships. I think I’ve been in relationships where I’m also helping the other person change, not myself. Yeah, I like to fix people.”

Liz sees nothing but positive attributes when it comes to her new man.

“This person has allowed me to go through all my emotions, allowed me to change, he’s never asked me to change,” she says. “There’s actually been times I actually cried to this person over Ed in the beginning because, like, of friends and stuff. (He’s) always a support system. So even recently seeing Ed at the tell-all, I don’t need permission — I wasn’t given permission — but I was told you need to go through every emotion, say what you need to say, do what you need to do to close this chapter. I think that takes a lot for someone to come into your life and do that. I’ve never been asked to change, I work, I can go out. I can hang out with my friends, I can talk about how I’m feeling. … But I definitely feel like I’ve healed a lot. I’m smiling. I’m glowing. I feel motivated every day to get up.”  

Liz says her boyfriend has met her daughter, Riley. As for if she’s done with reality TV now that she and Ed have ended their relationship, she is unsure. But like Ed also told ET about his stance on staying on the show, she doesn’t want cameras to affect progress in her life.

“That’s a question I can’t really answer but I don’t want anything to ever come in the way of what is healthy right now in my life and it took a long time to get here,” she says.

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? airs Sundays on TLC.

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