'90 Day Fiance' Season 7 premieres with five couples introduced, Anna Campisi and Mursel Mistanoglu reuniting in America
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/04/2019
90 Day Fiance premiered and introduced fans to five new intriguing couples separated by land and sea -- including Anna Campisi and Mursel Mistanoglu, who were shown reuniting in America -- 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 first episode of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season starred Tania, a 29-year-old from Colchester, Connecticut, and Syngin, a 29-year-old from South Africa; Robert, a 41-year-old from Winter Park, Florida, and Anny, a 30-year-old from Dominican Republic; Michael Jessen, a 41-year-old from Greenwich, Connecticut, and Juliana Custodio se Sousa, a 23-year-old from Brazil; Emily Larina, a 28-year-old from Portland, Oregon, and Sasha, a 31-year-old from Moscow, Russia; and Anna, a 38-year-old from Bellevue, Nebraska, and Mursel, a 38-year-old from Antalya, Turkey.
90 Day Fiance viewers have yet to be introduced to Blake, a 29-year-old from Los Angeles, California, and Jasmin Lahtinen, a 27-year-old from Finland, as well as Mike, a 34-year-old from Sequim, Washington, and Natalie, a 35-year-old from Ukraine.
Angela Deem, a 54-year-old from Hazlehurst, GA, and Michael Ilesanmi, a 30-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria, will also be featured this season.
Below are five of the couples who are starring on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance and the latest on each:
ANNA AND MURSEL
Anna revealed she's a beekeeper who loves her bees and her works, even though she gets stung sometimes.
Anna said the most important thing in her life, however, is her children. Anna's oldest son, Joey, is 15 years old, and Anna called him "a pain in the ass." Anna said Gino is 14 years old and "sensitive," and then she has a six-year-old son Leo who is "just so cute."
As a full-time mom of three, Anna doesn't get much time to herself. She said the boys' father is no longer a part of their lives and hadn't been for a couple of years. Anna called her ex "controlling" and said it took a while for her to get out of that relationship.
Anna then began using dating apps, but she was tired of American men talking about sex and sending risque pictures. Anna decided she'd like to stay single for a bit, but then she met Mursel, her fiance.
Anna thought she would never find love again, but they met through a Facebook beekeeping group. Mursel had messaged her and the flirting started immediately. Anna called him "kind and sweet" and they started talking everyday although there was a language barrier.
Anna said since Mursel is Muslim, he doesn't drink, but she enjoys a good alcohol beverage -- or two or three -- when she goes out socially.
Despite the differences in their cultures and religions, Anna was in love and said Mursel proposed marriage to her after a month or two of communicating. They hadn't even met in person yet, and Anna admitted it was crazy.
However, Anna planned a trip to Turkey so she could meet Mursel in person for the first time. She said their meeting was amazing, and then when she returned to America, she applied for his K-1 visa, which was later approved.
90 Day Fiance's seventh season will therefore feature Mursel flying to America so he and Anna could start a life together. Anna acknowledged she was about to take a huge risk for love and flip their lives upside down, but she was hoping for the best.
Anna worried Mursel and her boys wouldn't get along, and the boys wondered what would happen if he didn't like living in the United States. Gino particularly wasn't looking forward to a man jumping into their lives and trying to take control of everything.
The boys, however, were supportive of their mother and wanted to see her happy. Anna just asked her sons to be on their best behavior and give Mursel a chance.
Two days prior to Mursel's arrival, Anna met up with her longtime friend Jamie. Jamie said Anna had made some rash decisions in her life that didn't have the best outcomes, and she feared Mursel coming to the United States would be her biggest mistake yet.
Anna explained she and Mursel spoke basic Turkish and English to each other, and they'd type things into a language-translation app if they couldn't understand each other.
Jamie called Anna "naive" and admitted to cameras her pal wasn't thinking objectively. Jamie made Anna realize she was going to face a lot of obstacles and was rushing into a significant relationship with a man who was going to be a stranger to her kids.
Anna's eyes opened a little bit to the idea her romance might not end up being a fairy tale.
Anna was later shown picking Mursel up at the airport with the intention of welcoming him into her home and marrying within 90 days. Anna knew her goals were crazy but she loved her fiance.
Anna worried Mursel was not going to like living in the United States and would miss his family. She also questioned whether the language barrier was going to be "too huge" for them to overcome it, but she maintained faith things would work out as they are meant to.
"I believe we're meant to be. We're meant to get married," Anna told the cameras in a confessional. "We have a lot of pressure on us. We need to make sure that this is the right decision, because this is forever."
Suddenly, Mursel and Anna were reunited and they hugged and kissed in the airport.
When Anna asked Mursel how he was feeling by using the language translation app, he replied in English, "I want to kiss you!"
Anna and Mursel had problems communicating right away, especially because the translation app isn't always accurate. Regardless, Anna was looking forward to spending her first night in America with Mursel, and she couldn't be happier.
MICHAEL AND JULIANNA
Michael is an independent, self-employed wine entrepreneur. He imports and distributes wine and works at wine auctions. He's apparently a wealthy man who's part of a jet-setting social group.
Michael attends lavish parties all over the world, travels frequently, has multiple sports cars and an impressive guitar collection.
During a big yacht party in Croatia, Michael met an international model named Juliana and there was an instant attraction. He thought she was beautiful and had an amazing body.
Once Michael and Juliana got to know each other, Michael said he realized she was funny, thoughtful and smart. He was amazed she was only 20 years old because he thought they were like kindred spirits.
Michael said many people would probably pass judgment, assuming he's "an old sleazy rich guy" going after a young, hot woman, but he said that didn't bother him at all and he really didn't care.
Michael said when he had to return to America, it was really hard to say goodbye but he knew it wasn't the end since they had formed a very special connection and bond. Juliana, a former seamstress, was discovered by a modeling agency, and Michael pledged to support her financially.
Michael therefore gave Juliana access to his credit cards. He said he had spent no small amount of money on her, but he wanted to give her the world.
Michael was hoping Juliana could visit him in the United States, but that apparently fell through because her intentions were questioned. When Juliana was denied a Tourist Visa, Michael realized obtaining a K-1 visa would be the only way she can come to America -- so he proposed marriage and planned to marry her within 90 days of her visit.
As a result, Michael and Juliana were waiting for the K-1 visa to be approved, and Michael almost lost hope a couple times due to the amount of time it was taking.
Michael once considered picking up and moving to Brazil to be with the love of his life, but he's a father of two children and couldn't leave them behind.
Michael splits custody of his children, Max and Cece, with his ex-wife.
Michael and Juliana hadn't talked much about how things were going to be or what was going to happen once she arrived in America, so he anticipated daily life might be a struggle or at least a huge adjustment for them.
While the time Michael and Juliana had spent together was fun and exciting, Juliana had only seen pieces of Michael's life, but not the full scope of his responsibilities, including being a father.
Michael figured Juliana's trip to the U.S. would be big a reality check for her, especially since his ex-wife is protective of their kids and didn't really want Juliana to be a stepmother to their children.
Michael didn't know what to expect and whether Juliana would get along with his children, so the stakes were huge and Michael definitely had his fair share of concerns.
Juliana had her visa interview in one week and Michael decided to buy a house so Juliana and his kids would have more room than they had in their apartment. The house was close to Michael's ex-wife, but Michael was hoping that would be okay with Juliana.
Michael said he and his ex-wife Sarah dated young and welcomed children young, but ended up straining their relationship later in life because they had grown apart. They apparently became very different people once they got older, but they remained close friends.
Michael worried Juliana might not accept his close relationship with his ex-wife.
Sarah was concerned Juliana was with Michael for his money, but she had to have trust he'd make good decisions and keep his children as his priority and first concern.
Michael didn't anticipate Juliana would take on "a mother role," but Sarah feared she'd be a huge disruption in her children's lives. Sarah also said being around kids can stress someone out, especially since they'd argue Juliana had no authority over them.
"It will be a rude awakening... and I worry about it," Sarah told the cameras.
Michael said the chances of Juliana leaving him once she comes to the United States were "extremely small," but there was no telling what might happen.
TANIA AND SYNGIN
Tania admitted she's a wild woman at heart who loves dressing up in sexy outfits and playing with toys in the bedroom. While some people called her crazy, Tania just considered herself confident.
The bartender, who focuses on social politics and voting rights, said she has a passion to help people and be a part of change.
Tania said she didn't have much time to date, and the one long relationship she had was very "toxic" because he was a jealous man. After six years of being single, Tania met a guy on a dating app and they apparently had an immediate connection.
The man was headed to South Africa shortly after the pair began communicating, and he spontaneously purchased her a ticket so that she could join him. Tania eventually discovered the man was not a good guy and so she left in the middle of the night after arriving in South Africa.
Tania still wanted to make the most out of her trip, so she went to a local bar and hit it off with the bartender named Syngin. They spent the night together after first meeting, and then Tania's trip to South Africa extended into a two-month stay before she returned to the United States.
Tania and Syngin continued their relationship long distance, and she said it was really hard. Tania therefore packed up her stuff and traveled back to South Africa. The Latina said Syngin put her first and always made her feel comfortable, but she was the first "brown person" Syngin had ever been with.
Syngin apparently grew up in a culture that was "very racist," but she said he was open to learning and had proven he loved her for her.
After a couple of more months, the pair expressed their love for each other. Tania then returned to America and applied for Syngin's K-1 visa. It was later approved, and she was anticipating her love's arrival.
Tania said she and Syngin would be moving into a shed behind her mother's home in Connecticut and a lot of work needed to be done to prepare for her man's arrival.
Syngin was excited to go to America for the first time and envisioned a land of opportunities, but Tania's mother expected Syngin to follow her rules. Tania's mother thought Syngin was funny and handsome, but she seemed a little wary of Syngin's motives and her daughter's relationship.
Tania admitted she's very spoiled, and so her mother told Tania she must be understanding and patient with Syngin.
Tania then met up with her sister at a restaurant to chat about her future with Syngin. Tania wasn't sure how Syngin would react to her sister given she was controlling, opinionated and overprotective.
Tania's sister didn't want Tania to rush marriage and having children.
"I just think you're going to drive him away," Tania's sister said, adding, "I am kinder than you... I just don't think you should get married.
Tania insisted she communicated with Syngin a lot and her sister was not an expert on relationships, although she was happily married. Tania hoped Syngin would prove himself to everyone in her life.
The time then came for Tania to pick Syngin up at the airport, and she was beyond thrilled and excited to see him again. She couldn't wait to show Syngin New York and a new life.
Tania got all dolled up for her man with the help of two close friends, and she was running late. Tania felt stressed and anxious, but she got a hotel room ready with rose petals everywhere. She also had "a sex corner" set up in the room.
Tania was running late and stuck in traffic while Syngin's plane landed, so she was mad at herself. Tania wanted to greet Syngin in the best, romantic way possible.
EMILY AND SASHA
After graduating college, Emily moved to Russia to teach English and had planned on traveling all over Europe during her time there. Originally from Oregon, Emily had been living in Volgograd, Russia, for three years at the time 90 Day Fiance cameras started following her life.
Emily, a former party girl and rave goer, didn't speak Russian well. After Emily graduated from school, she took a teaching job in Russia and realized living in Volgograd was a mistake because she couldn't speak or read the language and the city looked like it was deteriorating.
Emily also had no friends in Volgograd and she said the weather was freezing. Since Emily was so lonely, she decided to join a gym and hopefully have some social interaction. She then met "a hot personal trainer" named Sasha.
Emily thought Sasha was really handsome. She loved his gorgeous eyes and biceps. Emily said Sasha seemed humble and had good vibes, however, and he expressed interest in her life as an American.
After some flirty interactions, Sasha apparently asked Emily out. At first, things were difficult because Sasha knew very little English, but she was able to teach and tutor him.
One day, the couple got takeout for dinner and Sasha proposed marriage to her in an elevator. Emily said it was such a huge surprise but she said "yes." Afterward, Emily applied for a K-1 visa so they could live in America together.
However, Emily was just over 39 weeks pregnant, so she was unable to travel to America yet. The baby was due in just four days and Emily didn't want to leave her fiance behind.
Emily was pregnant with Sasha's third child, as he was twice divorced and had welcomed a son during each of his two previous marriages.
Emily's family worried Sasha would eventually leave her for Wife No. 4 and she'd be stuck raising a child alone, but Emily said Sasha had made mistakes in the past and he just happened to "marry those mistakes."
"But we are different. Our relationship is perfect and we are going to last," Emily told the cameras.
Emily told Sasha that he was all she had and she needed him, but Sasha promised he would stay with her and take care of her. Sasha insisted he wasn't going to divorce again because he's "actually a good guy" and wanted to prove that to his fiancee.
Emily's family was skeptical of Sasha's intentions and whether he'd be loyal to her, but Emily was convinced he'd be a great father to her child since he was already a great parent to his two children from previous relationships.
Emily's sister Betsy didn't want Emily to give birth to her baby in Russia, but Emily promised Sasha had been "so good" and everything was going to be okay. Emily didn't want to leave her man, but she hadn't exactly thought everything through.
Emily's sister wasn't exactly supportive, and then Emily suddenly felt very dizzy and called Sasha to come pick her up from a restaurant. Emily was emotional and feeling sick, but Sasha came to her rescue.
ROBERT AND ANNY
Robert is a New Yorker currently residing in Florida, who drives for a Rideshare company. Robert works all hours of the night, and he said he had met some famous celebrities.
Robert was able to build his schedule around his son Bryson, who was apparently "a lot to keep up with." Robert said his son was "a mini me" version of himself and he was the best kids.
Bryson's mother wasn't in the picture and apparently left her family without any notice, but then Robert met his now-fiancee Anny from the Dominican Republic. Robert met Anny through a mutual friend on Facebook and called her "poppin" and "lit."
Robert struck up a conversation with Anny, and then that led to video chatting. After talking for a while, Robert booked a cruise that stopped in the Dominican Republic so he could meet Anny in person.
After spending only eight hours together -- the best eight hours of Robert's life, according to the reality TV star -- he proposed marriage to Anny so she would become his wife.
The decision was spontaneous and Robert didn't even have a ring, but he was following his heart and didn't care what anyone else thought. Robert later applied for the K-1 visa, and when camera began taping, Anny was due to arrive in America within a week.
Robert was excited Bryson would have a stepmother. Since Anny wouldn't be able to work once she arrived in the U.S., he planned for her to take care of his son.
Anny asked Robert to buy her an Iphone and an engagement ring upon her entry into America, but Robert wasn't so quick to part with his money. Robert didn't consider himself cheap, but he had no intention to buy an expensive ring or shower his fiancee with gifts.
Robert was curious to see how fast Anny was going to try to spend his money, and he seemed to think taking her shopping would be a little test for their relationship.
Robert had a lot to learn about Anny, and he feared she'd be all about money and not care enough about himself and his son. Robert's expectations were set high, so he was hoping he wouldn't be disappointed.
Robert was later shown going lingerie shopping for his fiancee to surprise her. Robert told the ladies in the store he planned to pop the question "better" once Anny got to America.
"Even though she said 'yes' already, I want to do it with a ring. I want to take her to the beach, get on one knee and propose the right way," Robert told the cameras.
Suddenly, Robert received a large amount of angry-face emoticons via text from Anny because she had been waiting to receive money from him. Anny wasn't able to retrieve the money due to an ID issue. Robert insisted he sent the money, but she was just furious.