90 Day Fiancé is one of the most controversial reality shows to date. The couples on the show include one American citizen and one foreigner who have been in a long distance relationship and want to see if they have what it takes to make their relationship work for a few months before they get married. They are given 90 days (because that is the amount of time the foreigner's visa will allow) to be engaged and live together and at the end of that time, the couples must decide if they will get married or go their separate ways. What could go possibly wrong?
Fans of 90 Day Fiancé have come to expect the yelling, fighting, and tears that the contestants bring on the show every week, but there are definitely some facts about the show and the cast members that TLC executives would prefer to keep on the down low. Like with most reality shows, things are not always as they appear. Some careful editing and scene production ensures that the audience sees only what the network wants them to see. However, it is difficult to keep anything a secret in today’s society, and these scandals were bound to get out sooner or later.
From the difficult process that non-citizens must go through to be cast on the reality show, to the criminal past of former cast mates, to the secrets and lies behind some of the most controversial relationships, these are 15 things the 90 Day Fiancé producers would probably rather you didn't know.
15 Contestants May Enter For Other Reasons Than Finding Love
90 Day Fiancé was based around the time that a non-citizen can stay in America with a K-1 Visa. The contestants have 90 days to decide whether or not they want to get married or go their separate ways. Obviously, this created some controversy because people immediately began questioning the motivations behind some of these unions.
The legitimacy of these relationships is often questioned because contestants who enter from other countries may be motivated to "pretend" their relationship is working in order to be granted a green card and live in the country legally. All K-1 Visa holders have to leave the country immediately after filming if the couple does not choose to wed. If someone really wants to come to America, they are probably willing to do just about anything for their ticket in.
14 Non-Citizens Go Through A Gruelling Process Before Being Cast
It is a pretty standard casting process for the United States citizens who get cast on 90 Day Fiancé, but for the non-citizens, it's a whole different process. There are various official documents they must have before they submit their application to TLC.
A potential contestant must meet with a beneficiary who will file an I-129F petition with evidence of meeting and of a relationship. The petitioner has to then pass biometrics, followed by the submission of a K-1 Visa application.
Contestants have to provide medical records, proof of their ability to support themselves, proof of a divorce or death certificate if they were previously married, and proof that their relationship with the coinciding contestant has been consistent for at least two years. The approval process can take months and the non-citizens also must participate in an extensive interview at the embassy of their home country.
13 Getting Married Doesn't Guarantee American Citizenship
Getting married to an American citizen does not guarantee citizenship for these contestants. Sure, obtaining a K-1 Visa and marrying a United States resident is a step in the right direction, but there will still be restrictions and conditions. Non-residents are issued green cards after they get married, but a green card is not citizenship.
The green card can be renewed after two years of a successful relationship at which point, all of the restrictions are lifted. A person still has to go through the proper government channels to be granted American citizenship and it is never guaranteed. So, 90 Day Fiancé might be a great way for someone to get into the country temporarily, but unless their relationship stands through the test of time, they will not have an easy time gaining citizenship.
12 One Cast Member Has A Naughty Past
Anfisa Arkhipchenko has been accused by fans of 90 Day Fiancé of using Jorge for his money. Now, it looks like she took her financial future into her own hands by making a s*xually explicit video. The video was first discovered by podcast host Stevie Ryan and has been circulating online.
Anfisa's s*x tape may not have come as much of a surprise to fans who know that she has always aspired to be a Playboy centerfold. The wannabe model made a very shocking webcam video in which she left absolutely nothing to the imagination, that’s for sure. She is currently working as a str*pper but is reportedly still receiving money from Jorge.
11 Someone Was Lying To Their Wife
It turned out that Pedro Jimeno was sending money home to his mother without telling his wife, Chantel Everett. Chantel had no idea that her husband had been supporting his mother financially behind her back. Pedro had even financed his mom's new apartment, as well as sending her money for new clothes and a new television. When Chantel found out about Pedro’s lies, she felt as though he was using her for money and became extremely frustrated with him.
While this is not as bad as the men on the show who have cheated on their spouses, lying to your partner is never a great sign either. Obviously, Pedro loves his mother, but at a certain point in his life, he will have to put his wife first.
10 Someone Is A Convicted Felon
The producers of 90 Day Fiancé probably did not want to promote the fact that Jorge Nava is a convicted felon. The reality star contestant got into some trouble with the law back when he was 21 and he spent some time in jail. However, Jorge has claimed that his charges were not for anything violent; he was punished with a felony for cultivating mar*juana.
Nava wanted his criminal history to stay in the dark, but when you star on a popular reality series, nothing is really left private. The fact that he has a felony conviction on his record prevents him from doing normal things like renting an apartment or applying for certain jobs. Fortunately for him, his past crimes were not enough for the TLC producers to turn him away from the show.
9 Two Cast Mates Didn't Really Meet Like They Said
According to the podcaster Stevie Ryan's Twitter, Jorge and Anfisa did not meet for the first time on Facebook like they had claimed on 90 Day Fiancé. Her s*x tape should not have been a shock Jorge when it surfaced online, because he allegedly met her on a website where she used to work as a webcam performer.
Jorge told TLC that the couple met on Facebook and it was "love at first sight." Anfisa said that he had liked her pictures and messaged her a bunch of times, which at first she described as "annoying." She said she was used to getting lots of messages online. Jorge apparently told her he loved her about a week into their online chats. However, now it seems more clear that those online chats were on a p*rn website, not Facebook.
8 One Woman Was A Thief
You probably wouldn't have guessed that Danielle Mullins has quite the criminal history. She has been arrested multiple times for stealing money, credit card theft, and a count of forgery over the course of three years from 2005 to 2008. Mohamed has accused Danielle of fraud previously on 90 Day Fiancé. He has even claimed that her disturbing issues are what led to their divorce.
In the spring of 2015, Mohamed accused her of destroying all of his clothes with the help of her three daughters. Just a month later, he filed a police report and accused her of stealing around $50 from him that she never returned. In January of 2016, it was reported that Jbali called the fraud helpline and filed a police report after Mullins opened a DIRECTV account under his name.
7 One Of Them Accused The Other Of Domestic Violence
Anfisa is definitely known for having a short temper. In one episode of 90 Day Fiancé, Jorge was telling her about his plans to meet up with his sister and she exploded, lunging at him and the TLC producers had to step in. She was also recorded slapping Nava in the face when they were discussing splitting their assets.
In a shocking turn of events, Anfisa has now accused Jorge of domestic violence. She posted on Instagram that he was "neglecting" her as his spouse and had "total control of money," which she also called financial abuse. Anfisa concluded that she was a victim of domestic violence. She also questioned her followers about whether American citizens had more rights than foreigners and warned people that it was a "serious matter" that was being "completely ignored."
6 Someone On The Show Had A Woman On The Side
Clearly, Anfisa Arkhipchenko and Jorge Nava have an unhealthy, volatile relationship, but Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali’s marriage may be the worst the show has ever seen. Over the course of their short-lived marriage, Danielle and Mohamed have been through a lot. To make matters worse, it was revealed that Jbali was cheating on Danielle before they got divorced.
His mistress, Luisa Berry, spoke to Radar Online, telling them that she and Mohamed met on Facebook while he was still married. She also revealed that she helped him move to Miami and was her "best friend.” The woman also claimed that they were not having s*x, the cheating allegations were made up, and that she just wanted to get him out of a "horrible situation." Needless to say, not many people bought her story.
5 Female Cast Members Throwing Shade On Social Media
90 Day Fiancé fans expect to see drama between the cast members, but it is never usually between two of the women. Paola Mayfield made it known on social media that she was not a fan of Anfisa Arkhipchenko. Mayfield threw some shade at Anfisa on Instagram with a post that referenced her "domestic violence" claims.
The photo was a reference to an earlier episode where her friend Juan Palacio took a swing at her husband Russ Mayfield. Paola joked in her Instagram caption that was "sorry" she didn't back Juan up but that she "would never strike" him. Paola clearly did not buy Anfisa’s claims that she was a victim of domestic violence. These two ladies aren’t likely to see eye-to-eye on this situation.
4 One Woman Was A Cyberbully
After Mohamed and Danielle split up, he tried to move on and meet new people. Apparently, Danielle was not okay with this. After discovering that Mohamed had met a new woman named Diamond, she took to social media to bully her ex's new love interest.
Diamond claimed that she was harassed by Mullins on Facebook and that she messaged her "nonstop.” She even said that she called her “ugly.” However, Danielle fought back against the allegations, saying that she never called Mohamed's new girlfriend ugly and that they had only "exchanged messages one day." With Danielle’s history of lying, her story was not entirely believable. People even suggested that she was “unstable” and potentially had a mental health issue. It was reported that Mullins was actively looking for ways to get Mohamed deported recently, so clearly, she is not over it.
3 One Of The Men Is In The Drug Business
Jorge Nava is a California native and, although cultivating was not always legal, which is why he has a criminal record, it is now and he is taking full advantage of that. Although he has never revealed much about his career, he did say previously that he made a lot of money as a medical marijuana entrepreneur.
Many fans of 90 Day Fiancé thought that Anfisa was using Jorge for his money and that their relationship was superficial. However, he may not be as well-off as he had originally claimed, because it was reported earlier this summer that he had quite a bit of debt he was trying to hide. Some people are even suggesting that he never really had a lot of money to begin with, insinuating that it was all a facade used to win over Anfisa.
2 One Star Secretly Recorded Producers
Mohamed Jbali recorded the producers of 90 Day Fiancé without their knowledge, to prove that they had been fabricating his story, specifically, the events surrounding his controversial divorce from Danielle Mullins. The reality star said he had to "reshoot" certain scenes days later, putting on the same outfit he wore before, which did not feel authentic to him. It was not specified which scenes specifically had to be redone, but it was revealed that the cameras were not allowed to shoot the entire divorce court announcement, insinuating that those scenes had been faked.
Mohamed shared the recorded conversation live on his social media, causing a huge stir among 90 Day Fiancé viewers. Rumors emerged that the reality series was not as real as it claimed to be and its credibility was immediately questioned.
1 Rumors That The Show Is Fake
After Mohamed leaked the producers' conversation on social media, people were already beginning to question the validity of the reality show. It didn't help the show's reputation when more cast members from 90 Day Fiancé came forward and said that there were things on the show that were not completely true.
Jason (of Jason and Cassie) accused 90 Day Fiancé of misrepresenting his story. When he was asked whether or not he ended up moving to Tampa, Florida after the show, he said that he was never planning on moving there and that it "was just for show." He added that it was the network's idea and that they were looking to possibly do a spin-off if Cassie was pregnant, adding, "Oh well, that's TV for ya."
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