Fakest Stories On 90 Day Fiance

TLC's "90 Day Fiancé" has captivated viewers ever since its first season dropped in 2014. Fans have watched people from other countries come to the United States on a K-1 visa to meet their American "soulmates," but there's a catch: Each couple only has 90 days to decide to get married or the non-American party must return to their home country. While it might sound like a piece of cake, these couples face numerous obstacles that include disapproval from their families, the cultural shock of coming to America, and language barriers. Yes, there have been several "90 Day Fiancé" success stories, but others have crashed and burned. 

As devoted fans of the show know, with every new season comes a lot more drama. And as the reality series has grown in popularity, some of the drama starts to seem so outlandish that viewers begin to question its authenticity. 

When former cast member Erika Owens of the spin-off "90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days" was asked on TikTok if the show was scripted, she replied, "Nope, it's real." However, it's hard for fans to know the true story unless past cast members give us the dirt. Luckily, a few have and we now know that not every scene or story on "90 Day Fiancé" is 100% accurate. If you have cringed at a certain scene, there's a chance it may have just been set up by TLC. Below are a few former stars who claimed their scenes were totally scripted and downright fake. 

Annie gets a creepy request

David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan were first featured on Season 5 of "90 Day Fiancé" and despite their many financial struggles, the couple eventually tied the knot in November 2017 and are still together as of this writing. 

Throughout the show, David leaned on his friend Chris Thieneman in a big way. Screen Rant recalled that Chris helped out by sponsoring Annie's visa and hosting the couple at the home he shared with wife Nikki Cooper. In one episode, however, Chris met with David and Annie with an inappropriate request. After telling them he was happy to support them while they got situated, Chris asked Annie, who is from Thailand, if she would be willing to give him Thai massages. Understandably, his wife looked stunned. 

According to Reality Blurb, Nikki took to Facebook to respond to the backlash her husband was receiving from fans who thought his request was creepy. She maintained that it was totally orchestrated behind the scenes. "The producer asked him to say it & Chris had to say it more than once because it didn't come off as natural," she wrote. "I'm a very outspoken person you'd be a fool to think I just sat there & allow my husband to disrespect me, Annie & our marriage." In a comment, Chris added, "I didn't ask for massage in the original scene. ... But EVERYONE was in on it." 

Michael and Juliana's prenup drama

In Season 7 of "90 Day Fiancé," the beautiful Juliana Custodio moved from Brazil to be with Connecticut native Michael Jessen and his two children. Although their large age gap was not a problem for the pair, an issue arose when Michael requested that they obtain a prenup

In an episode where the couple met with a mediator to discuss what the agreement would look like, Juliana was put in a tough situation given that she didn't support herself financially. Michael wanted to keep his assets separated from Juliana, including his bank account, which prompted Juliana to state that she wanted to be independent of him. The couple wed in October 2019, but it didn't stick: As ET reported, they split on their second wedding anniversary in 2021. Juliana has since moved on with boyfriend Ben Obscura and the couple is expecting their first child, per People

Turns out, that prenup drama maybe wasn't what it seemed. On social media (via Soap Dirt), Michael's ex-wife Sarah Jessen said TLC producers made her bring it up on the show. She shared that the scene was totally orchestrated and added, "I was confused about why they were telling me to ask him (Michael) about the prenup." Sarah also said that it's a matter that wouldn't even be on her ex's radar. "Michael believes in his love and marriage to Juliana," she explained. "He wouldn't get into it if he thought he needed a prenuptial agreement." 

When Anny was offered $15,000 to leave Robert

Anny Francisco and Robert Springs had a whirlwind romance when they appeared on Season 7 of "90 Day Fiancé." After spending eight hours together in the Dominican Republic, where Anny hails from, Robert proposed to Anny and she accepted. Anny eventually traveled to Florida to be with Robert and his young son, Bryson. However, not everyone in Robert's family was on board with their romance. 

Bryson's grandmother Stephanie expressed her doubts when she learned that Robert met a woman in the Dominican Republic and intended to marry her. According to In Touch, she believed Anny only wanted to marry Robert for his money and to get a green card. In an episode where the couple met with Stephanie and her husband, things escalated when Stephanie opened up her checkbook and offered Anny $10,000 to hit the road, and then upped the amount to $15,000.

After the episode aired, Stephanie insisted on Instagram (via In Touch) that the reality TV scene was not, well, reality. "It's f****** TV people. TV!!! It's fake. It's scripted. I had to borrow a checkbook because the producers asked me to do this. I have screenshots to prove this," she said. Anny and Robert ended up getting married despite Stephanie's real or not-so-real doubts. The couple has since welcomed two children, per TLC

Cassia takes a fake pregnancy

Season 2 of "90 Day Fiancé" saw Cassia Tavares leave her home country of Brazil to go to Florida to be with Army veteran Jason Hitch. Although the couple ended up tying the knot, the two clashed over things like his approach to their budget and his attitude about her personality.

According to Starcasm, the relationship came to a halt when Jason was arrested on battery charges, which she later decided to rescind. In a lengthy statement to Starcasm, Cassia said, "I dropped the charges because I felt sorry for him ... I didn't want him in jail, but I didn't know that in Florida they need to arrest people committing DV." Us Weekly reported that the couple tried to make their relationship work but ultimately filed for divorce in October 2018. According to Us Weekly, Jason died in December 2021 from COVID-19. In February 2021, Cassia announced on Instagram she married a man named Giuseppe in Italy.

Cassia has since opened up about her "90 Day Fiancé" experience, stating that there were some totally contrived scenes. According to Soap Dirt, Cassia told fans that the couples are the only real thing about the TLC program and that many scenarios, like when she took a pregnancy test, were scripted. She said that even though no one thought she was expecting, the producers believed it would make for a good storyline.  

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Jay signs up for a dating app

Ashley Martson and Jay Smith's marriage appeared to be doomed from the start. The couple appeared on Season 6 of "90 Day Fiancé" and had trust issues after Jay downloaded a dating app just days after the couple tied the knot. Things only worsened when the couple appeared on the reality show's spin-off "90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?" and Ashley learned that Jay cheated on her with a woman at a barbershop/tattoo shop. 

According to Us Weekly, Ashley filed for divorce twice — once in January 2019 and again in April 2019 — and each time, withdrew her filing to try and repair her marriage with Jay. However, she filed for divorce for the third time which was finalized in March 2021. Jay opened up to In Touch where he admitted that the cameras definitely impacted his relationship with Ashley. He also told the outlet that their Tinder scandal was the handiwork of the producers. "It was just an act so it was easy to move [past it] because you know, we just act on TV and after ... that was it," he said.

Although Ashley and Jay's marriage ended on a sour note, she did appear to agree with him that some things are manipulated behind the scenes to create more drama for the finished product. She shared with In Touch, "We know that they do editing and things, and we sign off on that so it is what it is."

Stephanie moves on with Ryan's cousin

Season 8 of "90 Day Fiancé" featured Stephanie Davison, a Michigan native who fell for Belizean Ryan Carr with hopes that the two would one day tie the knot and Carr would move to the United States. And then, there was a twist: As Screen Rant recounted, Stephanie caught some backlash after fans watched her break things off with Ryan and began seeing Harris Flowers... who happened to be Ryan's cousin.

Stephanie did not appear on the Season 8 tell-all, but she did go on Instagram to offer her side of events, and according to her account, things on the show weren't quite what they seemed. Calling it "Sofa Talk with Step," the reality star claimed that while her relationship with Ryan was authentic, they called it quits while filming. She claimed that pushed her to continue with the narrative despite their breakup. And so, Stephanie went back to Belize and apparently pretended to still have a relationship with Ryan. She said she only went along with it to promote her med spa business. 

During her Instagram session, Stephanie also maintained that she and Harris never had a romantic relationship and instead, had asked Harris to see her so that TLC would have more footage after she and Ryan ended things (again). "I thought,'Well if Harris will fill in, I'll try and stick it out,'" she said. "So, as you saw on the show, I did call Harris and Harris came. He stayed with me and they totally turned that around."

Pedro's family reunion on The Family Chantel

In Season 4 of "90 Day Fiancé," fans met Georgia native Chantel Everett who ended up marrying Dominican-born Pedro Jimeno despite the massive tension between both of their families. While Chantel's family questioned Pedro's motives, Pedro's family expected him to send them money back home. Oh, and there was the epic fight that broke out during a family dinner between Pedro, Chantel's brother River, and Pedro's sister Nicole that made for one heck of a reality television episode. 

In 2019, the couple landed a spinoff titled "The Family Chantel," a series that dives deeper into the problems both families face as well as how the couple continues to navigate married life. 

In Season 3 of "The Family Chantel," Pedro was on a quest to find the father that abandoned him, which led him to meet his half-brothers for the very first time. However, per All About the Tea, fans reportedly uncovered a photo on Instagram that showed Pedro and Chantel with his two half-brothers in 2014... which was way before the season filmed. Many viewers weren't happy about feeling misled, but the show carried on. Per a TLC press release, Season 4 of "The Family Chantel" landed a premiere date of June 6, 2022.