'90 Day Fiance' recap: Angela learns Michael denied visa, Mursel comes clean about Anna's kids, Mike and Natalie hit breaking point, and Robert questions Anny's character
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/23/2019
90 Day Fiance featured Michael Ilesanmi being denied a K-1 visa and breaking down into tears, Mursel Mistanoglu telling his parents about Anna Campisi's children and deciding to return to Turkey, Mike Youngquist admitting to Natalie Mordovtseva he was in debt after a big fight, and Robert questioning whether Anny is the type of woman he wanted to marry during Sunday night's Season 7 episode on TLC.
90 Day Fiance features Americans and their foreign fiances looking to wed within 90 days in the United States or else the American individuals would risk losing love and having their significant others return to their home countries.
The eighth episode of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season featured Anna, a 38-year-old from Bellevue, Nebraska, and Mursel, a 38-year-old from Antalya, Turkey; Angela Deem, a 54-year-old from Hazlehurst, GA, and Michael Ilesanmi, a 30-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria; Michael Jessen, a 41-year-old from Greenwich, Connecticut, and Juliana Custodio de Sousa, a 23-year-old from Goiania, Brazil; Mike, a 34-year-old from Sequim, Washington, and Natalie, a 35-year-old from Kyiv, Ukraine; Robert, a 41-year-old from Winter Park, Florida, and Anny, a 30-year-old from Santiago, Dominican Republic; Blake Abelard, a 29-year-old from Los Angeles, California, and Jasmin Lahtinen, a 27-year-old from Helsinki, Finland, and Tania Maduro, a 29-year-old from Colchester, Connecticut, and Syngin Colchester, a 29-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa.
Emily Larina, a 28-year-old from Portland, Oregon, and Sasha Larin, a 31-year-old from Moscow, Russia, however, did not make an appearance in this episode.
Below is the latest on each couple currently starring on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance:
MIKE AND NATALIE
Natalie was crying in her bedroom during Mike's stay in the Ukraine, worrying about their future together and whether things would work between them.
Mike said his differences from Natalie were really starting to come out during the process of waiting for Natalie's K-1 visa.
Natalie feared raising a child, who would see his mother and father are nothing alike when it comes to religion. Natalie also didn't like that Mike ate meat.
Mike didn't see their differences as a problem because they're both individuals and he said he respected Natalie for who she is as a person. Natalie just wished Mike believed in God and had more interests.
"I feel like you're trying to shove religion down my throat... It's okay for me not to believe in God," Mike told Natalie. "It doesn't make me a bad person that I don't believe in God."
Mike insisted he supported Natalie in her beliefs and he wished she would do the same for him. Mike thought the argument was "too much" and he began self-reflecting about his relationship and feelings.
After Natalie stopped crying, Mike was nowhere to be found and had left her house. Natalie didn't know if she had been too harsh on Mike and was to blame for the argument, but she told the cameras she needed to express herself and tell Mike how she really felt.
Mike was mad and frustrated, so he just needed some time away by himself. His relationship with Natalie was "on the fence," and he didn't understand why Natalie was coming at him in that way and causing stress when her K-1 visa hadn't even been approved yet.
Mike said he didn't feel supported by Natalie when his main priority was supporting her and making their relationship work.
Mike acknowledged there were some serious things he had to work on with Natalie, and so he finally returned to her home so they could talk. Mike told Natalie he had tried to accommodate her feelings, her beliefs, her heritage and more, but she did not reciprocate that for him.
Mike said he was tired and refused to pretend to be someone he's not. Mike asked for them to find common ground.
Natalie felt like she had made a mistake by taking Mike to church because she had opened her soul. She wanted Mike to forgive her and said she wasn't better than him just because he didn't believe in God.
"I made a mistake. I got emotional, and I'm sorry for that... I'm an egotistical person," Natalie confessed. "I concentrate on myself too much... I am sometimes rough on you, and I know it. And I feel guilty afterwards."
Natalie said she felt insecure because their cultures are so different and so she overreacted. Natalie assured Mike he wouldn't be a bad influence on their children, and so they decided to drop the fight.
Mike was tired of fighting, and so he decided to come clean to Natalie as well.
"My biggest thing right now of why I don't want to have a child right now is because I'm $30,000 in debt and I've been afraid to tell you this," Mike revealed, adding that he needed to be financially stable in order to take care of a wife and child.
Natalie was surprised to hear this news but planned to support Mike and help him fix the situation.
Mike and Natalie kissed and made up, and Mike had every intention of growing his relationship with Natalie and becoming stronger together.
MICHAEL AND JULIANNA
After a mediator caused some tension between Michael and Juliana over talk of a prenuptial agreement, Michael explained in a confessional Juliana was having a hard time realizing she had lost a lot of her independence and would be vulnerable in the United States.
The pair therefore went indoor rock climbing with Max and Cece in order to have a little fun.
Juliana was upset Michael was allegedly avoiding talking about the prenup, and so she broached the topic again and explained when he had broken up with her once, he had "disappeared" and deserted her financially.
Juliana said if that happened again, she wouldn't be able to take care of herself. Michael, however, said he only left Juliana in the past because his family and friends had been in his ear about how the relationship was not going to last.
Michael said the temporary split caused some lingering issues in his relationship and it was clear Juliana felt helpless. Juliana said every time she used the word "independent," Michael seemed to get upset, angry and shut down.
"I think he always had control over everything and he wants control over me, but that's not going to happen because men [don't] control me," Juliana told the cameras.
Michael promised he would take care of Juliana going forward, but she wasn't so sure considering he had left her in a tough situation in the past. Juliana didn't know what she'd do if Michael broke up with her again, and she seemingly hated being so dependent on him.
"We're not doing it. No prenup. It doesn't make sense. It's stupid. No matter what happens, you're going to be okay and the kids are going to be fine. That's not why we're getting married -- to have a business transaction," Michael shared with his fiancee.
Michael hoped for the best and was confident his future marriage would work out.
Juliana gave Michael a few kisses and appeared both happy and relieved at Michael's decision. Juliana, however, still didn't trust Michael, telling the cameras, "I don't trust anyone."
ANGELA AND MICHAEL
Angela was waiting on a phone call from Michael so he could tell her about his interview for a K-1 visa. She hoped he'd be "coming home to his baby," and this was a call she had been "waiting on for years."
Michael then FaceTimed Angela and she was admittedly "scared to death." Once the pair connected on the phone, Michael revealed some horrible news to Angela.
Michael flashed some papers on the screen and read, "After reviewing all of your documents and information presented, you have been found ineligible to receive a visa... The office has decided to return your case to the USCIS with our recommendation that the petition be revoked."
"Are you kidding me?! You got denied?! Why?" Angela yelled. "What the hell, Michael?!"
Angela said she was "in shock" and couldn't believe the news. She felt someone had hit her and knocked the breath right out of her. Michael broke down and cried over the phone, and it was the first time Angela had seen him cry.
Angela called the situation "painful," and Michael couldn't believe the time, money and energy they had spent only to end up like this.
Angela wasn't ready to give up on Michael and her relationship, and she felt cheated as a tax payer. Angela said she had met all the criteria and already traveled to Nigeria twice to see Michael.
"What do you want? A porno?! There's nothing more to give," Angela vented in a confessional. "It's not right. I'll do what it takes to get Michael over here so we can be a family."
Angela told Michael to cheer up because they'd figure things out together and she loved him, and with that being said, Michael expressed his love right back and gathered his composure.
Michael later met up with several of his friends to discuss his visa denial. Angela and Michael's friends didn't get along because she thought they were "goofballs" and "silly people," and so his friends didn't really support his relationship in turn.
Michael confessed he was "down" and asked his friends to support and give him some advice. But one of Michael's friends, Ade, called Angela "trashy," and then Michael flipped out and smacked the glasses off his face, saying it was totally "uncalled for."
Michael got into a fight with his friends at the bar, and his friends chased him down after he took off. Michael was clearly hurt and angry his friends would disrespect his fiancee like that.
Michael's friends said Michael didn't seem to care about anyone or anything other than Angela anymore.
Michael received the apology he deserved from one friend, Peter, so he decided to rejoin his friends and resume the conversation.
Michael told his friends he loved Angela was very much and was not dating her just for the visa. He then broke the news he had been denied a K-1 visa and was "destabilized" over the bad news.
"I love her so much, and she loves me. It's not about the visa. It's about my love, my genuine love for her," Michael told his friends. "I just want to be with her."
Michael's friends thought he was making a big mistake, but Michael said he'd be willing to give up his friends for Angela and his relationship. He just figured his friends were jealous of him.
ROBERT AND ANNY
Robert had renewed his one-bedroom apartment lease and couldn't break out of it just yet. Anny wasn't happy about the situation, but Robert tried to butter her up a little bit by making her a birthday cake.
Anny thought the gesture was really nice because she felt appreciated and loved. Anny told Robert she wanted to go to a nightclub and dance some salsa with Robert for her birthday.
Anny said she's a sexy girl who likes to show off her curvy body and dance moves.
Robert and Bryson gave a toast for Anny's birthday, and Bryson toasted to "family," which was really sweet. Anny said she loved her little family, and then Robert obtained a babysitter for Bryson.
Anny told Robert she wanted to go somewhere nice or to the stripclub to see what it's like. Robert told the cameras he was "just trying to chill and have a family" and he was over stripclubs.
"You should be happy I'm focusing on you. That part of my past is over with," Robert said.
Anny called Robert "boring" and said she'd just enjoy the stripclub by herself on her birthday. Robert finally agreed to go for a little while, and Anny was excited to get ready and look beautiful for her man.
Robert admitted he was a homebody and just liked spending time with his son, but Anny wanted to party, and Robert wanted to make her happy on her birthday. Anny didn't want to marry "an old man" who likes to stay home all the time.
Anny thought the girls dancing were sexy and she even got a lap dance. Robert could tell Anny had a "little freak side" about her that she hadn't shared with him yet.
Anny thought Robert was jealous because she had touched a girl and was having fun.
"Seeing Anny react like that in the stripclub threw some major red flags to me. I don't know if Anny is into girls or she just wanted to hang out. I don't know," Robert told the cameras.
Robert then asked Anny if she had stripped in her country, and Anny said that was a stupid question with an obvious answer.
The next morning, Robert set out to discover whether Anny just wanted to party all the time -- because he was hoping to marry a mother figure for his son Bryson.
Robert didn't like to see Anny touch and flirt with women at the stripclub, and he admitted he was disappointed in her and her behavior "was not cool at all." Robert wanted to see that Anny wanted to be a wife and mother, but Anny said she had done nothing wrong and Robert was not a perfect person.
Robert felt Anny was hiding something from him, and so he flat out asked whether she had "ever been with a woman before." Anny suggested they could have a threesome with another woman for his birthday, but Robert didn't like hearing that.
"That's not something that I want. That's not something I want in my household. That's not something I want around my kid," Robert told Anny.
"I feel disrespected because you think it's a joke and obviously this relationship to you is a joke. What I want is a good woman -- a woman who just wants her husband... And right now, what you're showing me, you are not what I want."
Robert wanted a loving, caring and classy woman who could set a great example for her son. Robert needed to find out whether Anny was with him for the wrong reasons.
Anny said she had fantasies she'd like to explore with Robert and he was just "boring" and no fun.
"If he loves me, he has to accept me for who I am," Anny told the cameras.
TANIA AND SYNGIN
Tania was away in Costa Rica, and while he missed her, he recognized her education could only benefit their relationship in the long-term.
Syngin, however, was "bored as hell" sometimes because he had no friends in America and was living in Tania's mother's shed. He was shown drinking coffee, lounging around and singing in his bathrobe.
Meanwhile, Tania was taking classes, enjoying the beach, taking salsa classes and more. She was loving her time in Costa Rica -- so much so that she apparently wasn't answering Syngin's calls.
Syngin said it was tough to get in touch with Tania but all he could do was attempt to keep himself busy.
Syngin there fixed the pond, trimmed the trees and mowed the lawn. But once he was done with his list of tasks, he had nothing to do but sit in a room and wait for time to go by.
Syngin's only friend was Tania's mom and he felt alone. Syngin said everything was going okay but it wasn't the best situation because Tania's mother wasn't exactly an easygoing person.
Syngin understood why Tania had to go, but he and Tania would only have five weeks left together once she returns before his visa ran out. Syngin just hoped Tania wasn't getting cold feet about marrying him, but Tania's mother insisted "make-up sex is great."
Syngin felt Tania could make more of an effort to reach out to him and have little chats here or there, not necessarily hour-long conversations. He felt "a little abandoned" and couldn't help but question the future and Tania's feelings for him while she was gone.
While Tania was getting ready to go out with a few of her girlfriends in Costa Rica, she shared how she and Syngin were exclusive but she didn't have to tell him about every little thing she does, such as dancing with a man at a club.
Tania told Syngin to begin woodworking classes so he could jump into working and making money right away once he receives his work permit. Tania told Syngin that she couldn't talk long, and Syngin snapped back "as usual."
Syngin said he was just being honest and Tania didn't seem to have much time to talk to him. Tania said the "as usual" comment wasn't necessary because she was just trying to have fun and enjoy her experience in Costa Rica.
Tania wanted Syngin to have more pep in his step, but he admitted, "If I give you more pep in my step, I'm going to be stepping out of here."
Syngin asked Tania to let him know she's safe and just touch base more, and Tania said she'd try but couldn't make any promises.
Tania decided to put that tense conversation behind her and just have fun since it was one of her last weekends in Costa Rica.
ANNA AND MURSEL
There was tension between Anna and Mursel before their wedding because Mursel had been keeping her three sons a secret from his family in Turkey, whom he said would completely disapprove of him marrying a woman with kids.
Anna, however, gave Mursel an ultimatum that she wouldn't marry him unless he came clean to his parents about her family, and so he decided to do that over video chat.
Once Mursel told his parents, his father could be heard saying, "She took you for a fool!" He never wanted Anna for his son from the beginning, and then Mursel's mother was shown telling Mursel to come back to Turkey and leave Anna.
Mursel's parents told him not to deal with Anna's boys and insisted he could still find a good paying job in Turkey. Mursel said he understood and then ended the call.
Mursel was surprised because his parents had always voiced nice things about Anna and it became clear they had been hiding their true feelings about her.
"I was expecting this, but did not expect it to be this bad. They perceived her as a bad woman. I mean, incredibly bad," Mursel said. "They want me to go back to Turkey. They tell me what I did is nonsense."
Mursel told Anna the conversation didn't go well and he must return to Turkey, which made Anna break down into tears. Anna admitted she was feeling "devastated" and loved Mursel.
The couple had invested a lot of time and money into their relationship, and Anna couldn't imagine their romance just ending like that. Anna ran away crying as Mursel sulked on the couch.
BLAKE AND JASMIN
A few days after Jasmin arrived in America, he was hoping Jasmin would open up to his friends more a little bit at lunch. He wanted Jasmin to get along with Rita and Everett and hoped to do double dates in the future.
Jasmin was just happy she had her sister in Los Angeles and didn't really care to make new friends in America.
Rita attempted to make Jasmin feel welcome, but Jasmin wasn't reciprocating much conversation or care. Jasmin said it took time for her to feel comfortable around new people and she couldn't be pushed.
Jasmin told Blake's friends she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and didn't really care to build a career in the United States. Jasmin hoped to welcome kids five years into the future, but Blake's friends didn't understand what Jasmin was going to do in the meantime.
Rita thought Blake and Jasmin were total opposites, but Blake insisted that's why their relationship was working. Rita just hoped Blake wouldn't change as a person, especially since Jasmin didn't enjoy drinking alcohol and partying.