Michael, a 41-year-old independent and self-employed wine entrepreneur from Greenwich, CT, and Juliana, a 23-year-old from Goiania, Brazil, are currently starring on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance, which premiered in early November on TLC.
Michael imports and distributes wine and works at wine auctions. He's apparently a wealthy man who's part of a jet-setting social group that party all over the world.
During a big yacht party in Croatia, Michael met Juliana, an international model, and there was an instant attraction.
"I remember when I first saw her," Michael told the camera during the debut episode of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season "She's beautiful, amazing body -- I don't necessarily believe in love at first sight, but it's like we were kindred spirits."
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.
"There are certainly a lot of people that may pass judgment [and] may think I'm just an old sleazy, rich guy going after a young hot woman," Michael said. "It doesn't bother me at all. I don't really care."
Michael admitted when it became time to return to America, it was really hard to say goodbye to Juliana.
"We had such a connection -- it was just the beginning of something really beautiful," Michael noted.
Michael therefore gave Juliana access to his credit cards. Michael admitted he had spent no small amount of money on her, but he simply wanted to give Juliana the world. (When a producer later asked if the amount was around $150,000, Michael refused to comment. Juliana even purchased a car on Michael's credit card.)
Michael was hoping Juliana could visit him in the United States shortly after they met, but that plan apparently fell through because her intentions were questioned and they were both denied Tourist Visas.
Michael realized obtaining a K-1 visa would be the only way she could come to America -- so he proposed marriage and planned to marry her within 90 days of her visit.
As a result, Michael and Juliana had to wait 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 packing up his things 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, Sarah Jessen.
Michael and Juliana hadn't talked much about what life would be like in America, so he anticipated daily life might be a struggle or at least a huge adjustment for them at first.
"While the time they have spent together has been fun and exciting, Juliana has only seen pieces of Michael's life, but not the full scope of his responsibilities, including two kids with his ex-wife," TLC said in a description of the couple.
"Michael thinks bringing Juliana to the U.S. will be big a reality check. She will have to leave her jet-setting lifestyle behind her, coordinate responsibilities with his ex-wife, and understand that Michael's financial support isn't limitless."
Michael didn't know what to expect, and he wasn't even sure Juliana would get along with his children, so the stakes were huge and Michael definitely had his fair share of concerns.
The premiere of90 Day Fiance's seventh season showed that Michael bought a house for his fiancee, which was close to Sarah.
Michael said he and Sarah dated young and welcomed children young but then eventually grew apart. They apparently became very different people once they got older but were able to remain close friends.
Michael worried Juliana might not accept his close relationship with his ex-wife.
And Sarah was concerned Juliana was with Michael for his money, but Sarah told the cameras she'd have to trust Michael's decisions, as long as he'd keep their children as his top priority.
Michael didn't anticipate Juliana would take on "a mother role" in America, but Sarah still feared she'd be a huge disruption in her children's lives. Sarah also said being around kids can stress someone out, especially since the kids would argue Juliana has 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.
Michael, however, said he needed to teach his big-spending fiancee to "respect the value of things and the value of working hard."
"These things have their limits," Michael noted.
The day before Juliana's interview in Rio de Janeiro for the K-1 visa, Michael boarded an overnight flight so he could be there for and support his future wife. Michael said he loved everything about Juliana in that she's beautiful, funny, smart, and thoughtful.
When the pair reunited in a hotel room, Juliana gushed about how much she missed Michael. They had spent one month apart, and Juliana was so happy to have her best friend by her side again.
Juliana was feeling "nervous" for her interview because she wanted everything to be okay. Juliana asked Michael not to give up on her, even if they'd have to spend more time apart. She tried to remain positive, however, that she'd soon work and live in the United States.
When it became time for Juliana's interview, Michael was very nervous she may be denied for a K-1 visa.
Michael said she was in a "high-risk" category considering she's young and from a poor part of Brazil. Juliana also had a lot of stamps in her passport, and so there would be concern her desire to come to America would be so she can be involved in "illicit activities."
Juliana hoped Michael would no longer have to pay to fly to see her every month, and both individuals were hoping for the best. However, cameras were not permitted inside the consulate.
After the interview, Juliana said it was "bad" and they had insulted her.
"They just asked stupid questions. They asked me if I had been working as a prostitute the last 10 years," Juliana revealed in a confessional.
Michael didn't think it was right for Juliana to be asked that question, and he confirmed, "No, she's not a prostitute!" Michael said it's normal for young models to travel the world and party with wealthy people.
"I'm a model and I'm professional, so of course I've been to many countries," Juliana told the cameras.
Michael called it "ridiculous" and planned to consult with his lawyer over that "upsetting" interview.
"What does that make me? A pimp?... I don't need to [pay for sex]," Michael vented to Juliana, before she called the process "a nightmare."
Michael said he had been extremely naive with women his whole life and had his fair share of heartbreak, but he didn't feel like he was marrying someone he didn't know.
Michael needed a police-clearance document to show Juliana had no criminal history, so that seemed to be the last roadblock standing in their way of obtaining a K-1 visa.
However, Juliana had already been denied two tourist visas to come to the United States, so he was thinking there would be a 50/50 chance of her K-1 visa being accepted.
Michael and Juliana needed to discuss what would happen if she was denied a K-1 visa. He said they had been living in a fantasy land and needed to do some real soul-searching in order to make some tough decisions.
Juliana said they might have to move to Brazil or London, but she realized it might be impossible because Michael wouldn't give up his children for basically a stranger whom he had met two years earlier.
Juliana wasn't sure how important she really was to Michael, and the idea of him leaving her made her burst into tears.
Michael began to question whether there was something in Juliana's history he didn't know about that would make him be wary of their relationship and future together.
Michael anxiously awaited the results of Juliana's K-1 visa interview once he had returned to the United States.
Michael was then shown watching a video Juliana had sent him in which she was showing off her K-1 visa paperwork, revealing her visa had been approved and she'd be moving to the United States so they could wed in 90 days.
Michael said it felt "surreal" Juliana would finally be able to come to America, and he was beyond thrilled.
Michael wanted Juliana's arrival in the United States to be as special as possible, so he bought a bouquet of flowers and headed to the airport in a big white Hummer limousine. Michael joked that he thought about riding in a helicopter but it was out of his budget. He wanted Juliana to feel excited, happy and comfortable.
Michael was "a little nervous" about the steps that had to be taken next, but that all seemed to disappear when the couple reunited in the airport and kissed and hugged. Juliana was crying tears of joy, and she said it felt "amazing."
Michael said their wildest dreams had come true and he couldn't believe the love of his life was finally in America. Juliana was shocked to see the limo and said she was "so lucky" and had "the best man in the world."
Michael then popped some champagne in the back of the limo with a bottle from 1996, which was Juliana's birth year.
Michael welcomed her to America with all the bells and whistles, including a beautiful custom-made $4,000 necklace -- which had the colors of the American and Brazilian flags -- and Juliana took photos of the New York skyline as they drove to Connecticut.
Juliana grew up very poor and was just blown away by the life Michael was offering her. Michael told Juliana that she deserved the absolute best and he loved her so much.
Juliana loved the culture in America and couldn't wait to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and more.
Juliana was later introduced to Michael's children. Although Michael had faith Max and Cece would like Juliana, he acknowledged Juliana can be shy and not very open about her feelings.
However, the meeting went well. The kids thought Juliana was really pretty and their father was a "really lucky guy."
The kids had made Juliana a "welcome home" cake with gummy bears on it as well as breakfast. Juliana said Max seemed smart and Cece appeared to love her immediately, so all was good in the world!
In the latest episode, Michael was so glad because Juliana and his children had "bonded immediately" upon her arrival into the United States. Juliana said the experience of having two kids around her all the time wasn't new because she had been very close with her niece and nephew in Brazil.
Juliana was a bit nervous, however, to meet Sarah. Juliana didn't know whether Sarah would be upset to see her with Michael, and Michael acknowledged Sarah would react to someone having ulterior motives quickly.
Max called his mother "assertive," saying she speaks her mind, while Michael admitted she won't put up with "bullsh-t."
Sarah said while most women would probably be intimidated by such a tall, sexy, gorgeous, exotic, smart and well-traveled girl, she wasn't -- because she didn't have the need, energy or time to be jealous.
Juliana thought it was very unusual Michael and Sarah were still close because when people divorce in Brazil, they stop communicating. However, she was very sweet to Sarah, and Sarah, in turn, was kind and gracious.
Michael assured Sarah that Juliana would not replace her but his future bride already had "a good rapport" with Max and Cece. Although Michael said his kids adored Juliana, Sarah being their mother would never change.
Sarah asked Juliana to "not parent at all." Sarah wanted Juliana to embrace her new role in the family as just a stepmom and become her friend, but she acknowledged there was a possibility Juliana might not like that.
Juliana didn't feel comfortable having this conversation at the dinner table, saying she didn't feel like she was a part of Michael's family yet at all.
What happened next? Did Michael and Juliana's relationship fall apart because of Sarah?
Are Michael and Juliana still together? Did the 90 Day Fiance couple marry?
On November 27, Juliana confirmed she is still living in the United States and has close relationships with Michael, his ex-wife Sarah and the former couple's two children.
Juliana shared a slideshow of family photos as well as one picture of her standing next to an American flag. She captioned the slideshow, "At home in the USA."
Juliana also posted a photo with Michael nearly one week earlier in which they attended a cancer-research fundraising event together and apparently showcased a "wine project" they're doing together.
Michael subsequently shared more photos from the event on his own Instagram page. He wore a suit to the charity fundraiser, while Juliana stunned in a white bodysuit with red lips. Sarah also apparently attended the party.
Around that same time, Sarah uploaded a photo of Michael and Juliana sitting at a table together at the fundraiser, and she captioned it, "Such cuties."
In the comments section, Juliana enthusiastically responded, "We love you," with a handful of heart-eye emoticons.
It's clear Sarah is still very supportive of Michael and Juliana's relationship today. Sarah even once reposted an inspiring story about Juliana's life and childhood on her Instagram account.
Juliana also posted a video of herself giving a makeup tutorial in mid-November and Max and Cece were featured in the video!
As Juliana did her makeup on-camera, Max offered hilarious commentary on how to get the job done. He even called a small foundation sponge "a radish."
The trio seem to get along beautifully, and Max even called Juliana his "stepmom," suggesting Michael and Juliana got married.
And according to two photos Sarah had posted on her Instagram account -- but since deleted -- Michael and Juliana did in fact get married!
Sarah shared two families photos from Michael and Juliana's wedding, but they can no longer be found on her account.
One photo featured Michael, Juliana, Sarah, Max, Cece and a man who appeared to be Sarah's boyfriend.
Juliana wore a ballgown with a lace bodice, long sleeves and a tiara on her wedding day, while Michael wore a traditional tuxedo with a bow tie.
In the other photo, the bride and groom posed with Sarah and her alleged boyfriend only.
Everyone was all smiles, and in another picture Sarah subsequently posted, Michael was kissing Cece on the cheek at what appeared to be the wedding reception.
"Best daughter, best daddy, best day," Sarah wrote alongside the sweet image.
A pal of Michael's high-school friend recently leaked the same photos from Michael and Juliana's wedding.
"Mike and his now wife Juliana, 20 year age difference, are on 90 Day Fiance... Clay will be on some episodes including the wedding which they also filmed," the person wrote of Clay, who's apparently Michael's high-school friend, on social media.
"Mike told Clay they originally tried to make him a villain and he said no then I'm not doing the show so they didn't do that to him. Clay said it's pretty staged... Clay is going to Mike's house Sunday for a viewing party."
According to this person, Mike's ex-wife Sarah actually officiated the marriage ceremony for Michael and Juliana.