Michael, a 41-year-old independent and self-employed wine entrepreneur from Greenwich, CT, and Juliana, a 23-year-old from Goiania, Brazil, are sharing their story of love and hardship on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance, which just premiered November 3 on TLC.
90 Day Fiance features Americans who have fallen in love with foreigners bringing their fiances to the United States on K-1 visas.
However, once the couples are in America together, the Americans must marry their overseas partners within the 90-day period allowed by the visa or the foreigners have to return to their home countries.
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.
Michael said he 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 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.
Juliana, a former seamstress, was discovered by a modeling agency, and Michael pledged to support her financially in any way that he can.
Michael therefore gave Juliana access to his credit cards. Michael admitted he had spent no small amount of money on her, but he wanted to give Juliana the world.
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. Juliana said she was asked whether she had been working as a prostitute for 10 years.
When Juliana was denied a Tourist Visa, 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.
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 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's ex-wife said she's protective of her kids and admitted she didn't really want Juliana to be a stepmother to the kids.
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 of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season showed Juliana saying her visa interview was in one week. In the meantime, Michael bought a house so Juliana and his children would have more room once he and Juliana were able to reunite.
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 and they 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.
Did Michael and Juliana end up getting married? Is the 90 Day Fiance couple still together now?
Michael and Juliana apparently did get married!
Since the couple wed, it's likely Juliana is still living in the United States with Michael and they're still together.
A pal of Michael's high-school friend leaked several photos from Michael and Juliana's wedding online.
"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.
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.
Not only were there photos of Michael and Juliana together at the reception, but an additional photo also leaked online showing the married couple posing with Michael's two children, his ex-wife, and a man who seemed to be Sarah's significant other.