Last month, 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way alum Deavan Clegg revealed her son’s diagnosis.
Taeyang has leukemia, and is undergoing treatments that they hope will save his life.
Deavan has full custody of Taeyang after two years of apparent disinterest by his biological father.
Now, she is clearing the air about what Jihoon Lee knows about his estranged 3-year-old son’s health battle.
More than two years ago, Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee filmed a fake final episode of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way.
The episode was real. Her stated reasons for leaving South Korea during the pandemic were not.
Fans had a lot of questions. The chilling truth would come out later that year.
Two years later, and Deavan was awarded full custody of now 3-year-old Taeyang by the court.
There were multiple reasons for the ruling, which prioritized Taeyang’s well-being.
However, the main reason was that Jihoon did not show any interest in being Taeyang’s father.
Deavan had scarcely shared this news when she finally got a diagnosis for a recent illness that Taeyang had contracted.
More than once, she had taken her preschool-aged son to the doctor and even the emergency room.
Each time, medical professionals had tried to address simpler symptoms.
Then, finally, she had an answer. It came not a moment too soon.
Taeyang has B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
This form of cancer can be deadly in months, or even weeks, without treatment.
Now, Taeyang is undergoing life-saving (but difficult) treatments, including chemotherapy.
Deavan has a GoFundMe to support Taeyang’s health battle.
(It was actually Taeyang’s grandmother, Elicia, who created the GoFundMe for his care)
However, due in part to how unfairly Deavan was portrayed in the show’s edit, people had questions.
Some demanded to know if she has told Jihoon about Taeyang’s diagnosis or treatment.
Perhaps, naively, they believed that no parent would turn a blind eye to their child having cancer.
“My ex is aware of the situation going on with Taeyang,” Deavan wrote last week.
Her Instagram Story continued: “And has been aware for a while.”
Deavan shared: “We told him how he can help, and he can video call and set a time.”
“This is the first time he’s reached out in almost two years,” Deavan acknowledged.
“Since telling him this, he has not reached out again,” she revealed.
Jihoon “hasn’t asked to schedule a phone call, hasn’t asked about Taeyang.”
“So, please leave us alone about it,” Deavan implored social media users.
“We’ve done our part the past two years,” she reminded them, “and never withheld Taeyang from anyone.”
Deavan explained: “They made the decision to not be involved so, please leave my family alone.”
Deavan’s plea concluded with a simple: “We are already dealing with so much.”
There is no “good” age at which to have cancer, but three is not it.
While Taeyang’s prognosis is reportedly good, our thoughts will continue to be with this family. Taeyang deserves love and support.