90 Day Fiance is one of those franchises that sounds like it could be full of amazing love stories or just a total trainwreck.
Amazingly, the show manages to be both … which is why people can’t stop watching the TLC show and its 678 spinoffs.
Sometimes, you see couples like Kirlyam and Alan Cox, who met despite being from different continents but found love and happiness, got married, and are growing their families.
Then you have more … infamous couples.
Couples like Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali, who seemed to be trying to out-scam each other until those schemes devolved into mutual loathing.
A lot of the couples fall into the middle somewhere.
Some are a little weird, some seem like soulmates.
Any marriage can go right or wrong, and becoming reality stars during your engagement adds an extra special twist to that.
Honestly, you might be shocked at how many of these couples are still together. And which ones aren’t.
Ashley Martson and Jay Smith
Even before Jay left Jamaica, Ashley was warned that he was cheating on her and that he would continue to do so. Sure enough, he he cheated on her just days after their wedding. Ashley forgave him — because she caught him before he could *physically* cheat. Ashley filed for divorce on January 11, 2019, after Jay banged a random woman in the bathroom. They reconciled less than two weeks later. Ashley filed for divorce in April 2019, after discovering that Jay was cheating with a mistress. They reconciled late that summer, and only revealed that when they once again broke up. Then, in March of 2020, Ashley and Jay revealed that they were back together during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August of 2020, after months of celebrating their renewed marriage and launching multiple business ventures, they celebrated their third wedding anniversary. On September 19, 2020, Ashley announced on Instagram that she and Jay had decided to end their marriage — for good this time — citing that she could not let go of his many, many betrayals and transgressions.
Fernanda Flores and Jonathan Rivera
Fernanda and Jonathan met while Jon was clubbing on vacation. He ended up extending that vacation. Despite an age gap, some homesickness, and a lot of doubts, the two tied the knot. Unfortunately, the couple split around New Year’s Eve after getting into an argument. Initially, Jon said that Fernanda had been hurtful towards him. Months later, Fernanda shared a lengthy video with witness statements, accusing Jon of being controlling, abusive, and a fraud. In 2020, Fernanda dipped her toes back into the dating world via video chats during the pandemic, while Jon became engaged to his new love.
Larissa Lima and Eric Nichols
Larissa joined Tinder in early February of 2019, where she saw an ottery hottie. That turned out to be Eric Nichols, a guy in his mid-twenties. Still grieving the end of her marriage, Larissa began dating this total upgrade, eventually debuting him at her divorce party in March of that year. Though the two had their ups and downs, including a September 11 breakup (whoops) that year, they reconciled weeks later and resolved to make it work. Eric tended to Larissa after both bouts of major cosmetic surgeries in 2020. On September 19, 2020, Larissa and Eric embarked upon a road trip in a U-haul to their new home in Colorado Springs after buying a house together. They are still together.
Jenny and Sumit
This The Other Way couple had one of the most dramatic storylines in all of 2020, and Sumit’s secret marriage (and children!) shocked even the head honchos over at TLC. But the two returned for 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way’s second season, and are determined to make it work … if Sumit can actually go through with his plans to divorce.
Molly Hopkins and Luis Mendez
Molly and Luis broke up after a lot of arguments, an attempted reconciliation, and even the implication that Molly was abusive. Luis remarried to a mystery woman just four months after his divorce was finalized. Molly and Luis both claim that the other was using them. Late in the summer of 2020, it was reported that Luis might soon be deported, as his new marriage was not to an American citizen.
Angela and Michael
In late January of 2020, Angela and Michael were finally married, having a ceremony in Nigeria. Despite a lot of ups and downs and controversies, they remain together as of April 2020, even donating handmade masks to McDonald’s workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are, however, not physically together — the pandemic and immigration hurdles mean that their physical reunion is likely years away.
Corey and Evelin
Corey was stricken with emotional distress and temporarily blocked Evelin after the Tell All was filmed in 2019, but the two reconnected and he eventually returned to Engabao, Ecuador to be with Evelin again. As of fall 2020, they are still together — and rumor has it that they are actually married already.
Anfisa Arkhipchenko and Jorge Nava
Anfisa Arkhipchenko and Jorge Nava ran into trouble when Anfisa learned that Jorge was in debt and less able to spoil her. Despite arguments and even a breakup, they decided to stay married — even after Jorge was sentenced to 2 years in prison. Jorge is scheduled for release from prison in May 2020, but not soon enough to save his marriage. Anfisa has a new boyfriend, and Jorge has announced his intention to file for divorce. He says that Anfisa was jealous of the attention that he received for his weight loss behind bars.
Robert and Anny
Despite having known each other in person for a very short time and a lot of unwelcome surprises, Robert and Anny married in a low-budget ceremony in Florida on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance. In the spring of 2020, Anny revealed that she was pregnant with her first child — and Robert’s sixth child. The two welcomed their precious baby with joy.
Kalani and Asuelu
Kalani and Asuelu are still together. Not only were they brought together by their first child, but they soon announced that a second was on the way. They really love each other! That and, Kalani explains, Asuelu thinks that condoms are for “slut people.” They have two precious young boys, but unfortunately, went on to have more drama. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Asuelu’s reckless disregard for simple safety precautions caused Kalani to send him to Seattle to stay with his mother so that he would no longer endanger her or their children.
Kirlyam and Alan Cox
Kirlyam’s family couldn’t even make it to the wedding and had to watch a livestream, but she and Alan Cox are adorably in love and enjoy nerding out together. Their first child, a boy named Liam, was born on October 6th, 2017!
Lisa Hamme and Usman Umar
“Baby Girl” Lisa and Usman’s age difference isn’t what drove them apart despite their marriage. Lisa was embroiled in a scandal after it was discovered that she felt free to hurl racist and homophobic slurs at fans, and that she apparently used the N-word to refer to her husband. Lisa lost her 90 Day Fiance career because of her fondness for the worst word in the history of language, and Usman made it clear that they had no future together and had split.
Paul Staehle and Karine Martins
For better or for worse, despite the language barrier and hefty age gap, Paul and Karine were married. For a time, they lived in Brazil. Together, they had their son, Pierre. They moved to the US for a couple of months but then moved back to Brazil when Paul failed to find employment. Later, they moved back to the US. In 2020, Paul and Karine separated. A pregnant Karine accused Paul of controlling behavior, preventing her from leaving the house, and abuse. The two are not currently together and appear to have many months or even years of custody disputes ahead of them.
Paola and Russ Mayfield
This couple’s biggest problem? Paola is a model, and Russ is super uncomfortable. Also, Russ is from Oklahoma, which is not quite the modeling capitol of the world. Despite some serious disagreements, Russ and Paola are still married. On January 1, 2019, they welcomed their first child, Axel. Awww!
Avery Mills and Omar Albakkour
Avery and Omar were married in Lebannon, but Omar’s Syrian citizenship makes it all but impossible for him to move to the US. Right now, Avery is in America, working while also being a college student, and she is saving up money to eventually go through the visa process to bring her husband over to the US. In April of 2020, she confirmed that, despite rumors, she and Omar remain married.
Mohamed Jbali and Danielle Mullins
Mohamed accused Danielle of having foul body odor and of misusing his credit card and identity. Danielle accused Mohamed of refusing to have sex with her and of cheating. Not only is this couple not together, but they can’t stand each other. Danielle tried to have Mohamed deported, but was unsuccessful. He moved to Texas and began working, and in late 2019, expressed interest in becoming a truck driver. The two did make peace in early 2020, and were later said to be filming together — albeit as friends.
Nicole Nafziger and Azan Tefou
Some early surprises and some not-so-great finances threw a wrench into Nicole and Azan’s plans to get married, but these two are currently in a long-term relationship. You can tell that it’s serious because he’s bonded with her daughter, even though Nicole lied to her family by claiming to have given Azan money to open a shop in Morocco. In March 2020, Nicole traveled to see Azan for the first time in years, and ended up getting “stuck” in Morocco during the pandemic. What was supposed to be a two-week visit turned into a 5-month extended stay, but in August, she made it home safe and sound. She and Azan (whose real name is Hassan M’Raouni) continue to be engaged, despite the claims made by both haters and rumors.
Loren and Alexei Brovarnik
Loren and Alexei got married in Israel. However, it took a long time for them to get Alex’s K-1 visa. Loren felt that some couples on 90 Day Fiance didn’t deserve to be together and made a mockery of the K-1 visa process that she felt was designed for people like her and Alex, who are truly in love. Yes, they’re absolutely still together. In early 2020, Alexei secured his US citizenship and the couple welcomed their firstborn child into the world in April.
Elizabeth and Andrei
Despite cultural differences between Elizabeth’s family and Andrei’s expectations from Moldova, the two got married and welcomed their daughter into the world. This was not even close to the end of their story, as Andrei’s conflicts with Elizabeth’s family over his misplaced sense of pride and his refusal to work continued.
Chantel and Pedro
Even after a violent brawl erupted between Pedro and Chantel’s family, Chantel and Pedro are still together — in fact, in 2019, they landed their very own 90 Day Fiance spinoff, titled: The Family Chantel.
Aleksandra and Josh
No longer a party girl, Aleksandra adopted Josh’s religious way of life and the two settled down and even had a baby. The baby’s skin tone looked darker than either parent’s, which caused some social media trolls to try to portray Aleksandra as a cheater — so she quit social media. The couple’s still together, though. That’s what matters.
Deavan and Jihoon
Deavan Clegg and Jihoon Lee found themselves expecting a child together after their first night together. Deavan moved out to South Korea with her youn daughter, Drascilla, and she gave birth to the couple’s son, Taeyang. Adjusting to their new life has had some bumps along the way, but they made their marriage work for quite some time … until they couldn’t anymore. At some point around the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, things reached a breaking point and Deavan returned to the US with her children while Jihoon remained in South Korea. Deavan, at least, has moved on.
Colt Johnson and Larissa Lima
Colt is from Las Vegas and Larissa is from Brazil. Over the course of their seven-month marriage, the two had a number of conflicts, particularly over Colt’s cheating habits and Larissa clashing with her mother-in-law, Debbie. The two divorced on January 11, 2019.
Noon and Kyle
Noon’s real name is Bajaree Boonma, but she goes by “Noon” as apparently her real name is “too hard,” which is sad. Kyle was a consummate bachelor and came across as a little dumb when the two met, but the couple had basically zero drama. As of late 2018, they’re still married.
Steven and Olga
Steven Frend and Olga Koshimbetova had a rough time at first, between Steven’s rudeness (there’s no nice way to phrase that, sorry) and the delay in bringing Olga to the US. But Steven and Olga are still together, even if it took Olga and their son, Alex, longer to get to the US than Steven had promised.
Nikki and Mark
Can you spot the difference between these two? Because Nikki being from the Phillipines is way less of a big deal than Mark being 58 while she’s 19. Mark even admitted on the show that Nikki is probably young enough to be his granddaughter. They seem to be still together, but Mark wasn’t happy with his portrayal on the show and decided to sue TLC.
Tiffany and Ronald
Tiffany Franco and Ronald Smith were married in South Africa, but ultimately, Tiffany knew that she wanted to raise her children in the United States, and bring Ronald over when she could. The two had a nasty and very public falling out in early 2020, but then reconciled and resolved to fight for their marriage just weeks later.
Melanie Bowers and Devar Walters
Melanie met Devar while on a trip to Jamaica, before the 90 days of 90 Day Fiance ever began. Melanie’s family wasn’t sure what to make of him, but clearly that wasn’t a dealbreaker because the two of them are still together — and welcomed a child in 2017!
Chelsea and Yamir
Everything looked good for Chelsea and Yamir after Chelsea met Yamir in Nicaragua and the two decided to get hitched. It wasn’t meant to last, however. Though they did get married, the couple filed for divorce in 2017. Still, it sounds like they’re on relatively good terms.
Aya and Louis
Louis would have been happy to live in the Phillipines with Aya, but for the sake of his young children, the couple lives in the US. The couple decided to stop doing the show, but they are still married. In February of 2018, they announced the birth of their child.
Alla and Matt
It’s kind of strange to think of a couple bonding and getting married over both having gotten divorced, but hey, stranger unions have come about. Matt’s been divorced three times, so he says that that’s how he KNOWS that Alla is the perfect woman for him. They are still together.
Aziza and Mike
These two met online — not on a dating website, but on a site for learning other languages. Friendly chatting turned into something else. Aziza came to Chicago to marry Mike. Aziza is a little bossy, but that’s clearly not a dealbreaker — because they’re still together. In fact, they announced in 2018 that they are expecting their first child.
Aika and Josh
These two ran into a rough patch when Josh was less than eager to reverse his vasectomy. Despite that, they did get married and are still together.
David and Annie Toborowsky
These two got married, even though David has a host of financial troubles and is twice Annie’s age. Since their nuptials, they have had other problems, including losing their home. Still, they are a fan-favorite couple and are a treasued part of the franchise.
Evelyn and David
This couple allegedly met online when David was 27 and Evelyn was only 18, though some believe that there’s evidence that they started talking years earlier, when she was only 15. Either way, David appealed to Evelyn’s conservative Christian values. The two are currently married and living in New Hampshire.
Cassia Tavares and Jason Hitch
After multiple attempts to make it work, the two have divorced. Cassia has revealed that after multiple incidents of alleged violence, one of which resulted in police being called, she can no longer view Jason in the same light as she once did.
The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses
When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.
What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?
As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.
- It saves your money
Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.
- It allows you to try several games
Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.
- It will make future gambling more profitable
Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.
Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.
We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.
3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack
Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).
It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.
However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.
With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.
Choosing the Wrong Table
Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.
First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.
Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.
Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.
When to Hit and Stand
As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.
One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.
While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.
Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.
When to Split and Double
If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.
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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.
While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.
It is not recommended to split when:
- You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
- You are dealt two 9s
- You are dealt two 5s
- The dealer holds a 10 or picture card
It is best to split when:
- You are dealt two 8s
- You are dealt two aces
- The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)
Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.
Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.
Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.
Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students
The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like.
Who Are You?
Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.
Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:
- What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
- What do you like or hate most about yourself?
- What is your greatest value in life?
- What emotions do you express easily?
- What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
- Who you want to become in five years?
- What is your major objective for next year?
- Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
- What motto do you try to live by?
- Where would you like to travel?
- If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?
Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.
Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:
- Before I came to college, I was interested in…
- When I was a child, I wanted to become…
- The best moment I remember most about high school is…
- My favorite pet is…
- The things I value most are…
- Five years from now I hope to be…
- My greatest personality trait is…
- My favorite subject at high school was…
- If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
- My greatest fear is…
- After I graduate from college, I…
The Reception Line
You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:
- Where would you like to travel?
- What motto do you try to follow?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What music do you like?
- What is your favorite hobby?
- Why did you choose this college?
- What do you like about college life the most?
You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:
- Watermelon or banana?
- Sweat or bitter?
- Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
- Partying or hiking?
- Listen or speak?
- Rock or pop?
- Morning or night?
- Superman or Batman?
- Robocop or Terminator?
- Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
- Los Angeles or New York?
- Liberal or conservative?
- American football or ice hockey?
My Most Embarrassing Moment
You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.
These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.