Mike, a 34-year-old from Sequim, Washington, and Natalie, a 35-year-old from Kyiv, Ukraine, were one of the couples who starred on 90 Day Fiance's seventh season, which just aired its finale on February 9 on TLC. (The Tell-All special has yet to air).
After dating around and not having anything stick, Mike -- who owns and runs a farm in a small town -- was introduced to Natalie through their mutual friend Matt.
Matt and his wife Svitlana, who's also originally from Ukraine, apparently asked Mike and Natalie to be godparents of their baby girl Pollyanna.
Once Mike saw pictures of Natalie, he thought she was gorgeous. He also loved how she seemed so close to her mother and very family-oriented.
Mike learned Natalie rode horses, modeled and has obtained degrees in psychology and journalism.
"I was hesitant at first and thought why in the world would this woman possibly be interested in me?" Mike asked. "Not saying I'm not a catch, but you know."
Mike and Natalie therefore began texting back and forth. A friendship blossomed and then Mike booked a flight to Ukraine so they could meet. They were both going through divorces at the time of their meeting but apparently found comfort in each other.
Mike said their first moments together were "amazing," and he was impressed how she tested her limits with scubadiving, rockclimbing and snowboarding. He thought Natalie was so full of life and passionate.
Mike noted, however, he and Natalie are opposites in a lot of ways. Natalie is a religious vegetarian, for example, while Mike is a non-religious meat eater. He also explained Natalie is elegant while he's like "a big ogre." Mike said they were like Beauty and the Beast.
Although they had only spent two weeks together, Mike felt they were meant to be, and so he returned to the United States and began the K-1 visa process.
When 90 Day Fiance began filming, the couple was waiting for Natalie's visa to be approved.
Mike was trying to get himself out of credit card debt that had built up from buying a house and the expenses of Natalie's K-1 visa process. Mike planned to tell Natalie he wasn't well off financially, but he was afraid she may not want to move to Washington as a result.
Natalie also had her friends in her ear, reminding her that her ex had been wealthy.
But Natalie seemed crazy about Mike regardless and went through with her K-1 visa interview.
Mike had already purchased Natalie a plane ticket to come to America, but the couple was devastated to learn her visa was delayed and they must wait another six months.
Mike wondered if there was something in Natalie's background preventing her from moving, but Natalie said all of her documents were "fine" and so it was weird she was not approved.
In order to support Natalie and be by her side, Mike purchased a plane ticket to Ukraine so they could be together despite his financial troubles.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to get there. I love her and I want to see her," Mike said in a confessional.
90 Day Fiance's seventh season then featured Mike and Natalie getting into a series of fights during Mike's short stay in Ukraine.
Mike and Natalie first argued over a timeline of when to welcome children.
Natalie wanted to get pregnant immediately -- during that very trip, actually -- but Mike wanted to hold off until her K-1 visa got approved and he could save more money.
"I really want a kid as soon as possible, but I think our main thing right now is to wait a little bit and get you to America first, so we can put our feet on the ground," Mike told Natalie.
"Wrong answer," Natalie insisted.
The couple also butted heads when it came to their faith, or lack thereof.
Natalie is a devout Christian who wants Mike to have similar beliefs so they'll be on the same page when they raise children, but Mike is an atheist who believes in "a higher civilization -- like aliens or something," but not in God.
Natalie said she's afraid of people who don't believe in God because Christians follow certain rules in life, such as no cheating or lying. Mike said just because he doesn't believe in God doesn't mean he's a bad person.
Natalie realized she might have been at fault for the argument, so she tried to sweet talk Mike and make it up to him. But Mike was brokenhearted and didn't think Natalie was taking their relationship seriously.
Mike still wanted Natalie to walk him to the gate once they were inside the airport, but she refused and just said, "Go," before leaving on her own.
Once Mike returned to America, he admitted to producers the status of his relationship with Natalie was unknown -- but one thing was for sure: they were no longer engaged.
"What if Natalie were to say, 'Let's get back together,'" a producer asked Mike.
"It's just too early to tell right now, dude," Mike replied. "It feels like sh-t."
Natalie went on to ignore Mike's phone calls, and so Mike decided to meet with a lawyer to figure out how to proceed if his relationship didn't work out.
"Are you thinking of canceling the request for the fiance visa?" the lawyer Michelle asked Mike.
Mike hesitated in answering and then said, "I don't know."
Michelle explained Mike could easily put a stop to the visa but he'd have to be really sure because if he changed his mind, he'd have to start the K-1 visa process all over again.
Michelle said since Mike couldn't find details on the status of Natalie's visa and documents were supposedly "classified," there could be something "pretty serious out there" he was unaware of.
Michelle said this pending visa was actually advantageous for Mike because it afforded him some time to think and do some more research. It also gave him time to sort through his feelings for Natalie.
Michelle explained to Mike that if Natalie's K-1 visa got approved and they got married in America within 90 days, Natalie could apply for a Green Card and then, if granted, Mike would be financially responsible for her, potentially for the rest of Natalie's life.
Mike didn't plan on making any rash decisions, and he said there was a lot he had to process.
After being back in the United States for about a week, Mike said he had yet to speak to Natalie and it was the longest amount of time they had ever gone without talking.
Mike therefore FaceTimed with Natalie in search of some answers or explanation.
"I've always loved you, Natalie, but right now, I don't know. You kind of cut me deep," Mike told her.
Natalie asked what she had done to upset him, and Mike reminded her that she had returned her engagement ring and couldn't tell the producers that she loved him.
"I think you cut me really deep. I have my view and it's different from yours," Natalie said.
"I did nothing bad to you -- nothing... I gave you the ring, I had my reasons. And you know. Many moments that happened [off camera]. When they asked me if I love you, before that, a few things happened, if you forgot. And I discussed it with you why I didn't respond."
Natalie said instead of treating her like an equal, Mike pushed her away. Natalie said she had been nothing but good to Mike and on his side.
Natalie needed Mike to be stronger and more responsible, but Mike argued he was "beyond responsible" at that time and she was allegedly the one who wasn't serious.
Natalie accused Mike of pretending to be such a great guy and she was tired of the drama. Natalie said it was hard to rely on Mike and she didn't trust him. She feared moving to America for him.
A producer then asked Mike why Natalie suddenly seemed to have trust issues, asking what had happened when cameras were turned off. Mike, however, said he had no idea what was going through Natalie's head.
The conversation didn't get the couple anywhere, so Mike hung up the phone and said he wasn't going to do this anymore.
"I really don't care... F-ck this relationship," Mike told the cameras.
Did Mike and Natalie split and break up, or did they reconcile? Is the 90 Day Fiance couple still together now?
Mike and Natalie were spotted several times in January 2020, beginning with a sighting in which Mike was seen waiting at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with flowers in his hands and a camera crew nearby.
"[Mike] spotted at the airport last night, with flowers and cameras in tow. Could he be picking up Natalie?" the Instagram account Fraudedbytlc captioned a January 17 posting of a photo showing Mike at the airport.
The next day, the Instagram account posted a photo of Mike and Natalie walking side-by-side at Seattle's historic Pike Place Market as a camera crew filmed them.
"Spotted! Film crew filming Mike in Seattle at Pike Place Market," Fraudedbytlc wrote alongside the image on January 18, confirming it was Natalie, Mike and what appeared to be a 90 Day Fiance film crew.
And then on January 19, the same Instagram account shared a photo that appears to show Natalie waiting with her luggage after she arrived Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
"Natalie at SeaTac without [Mike]. But we saw him there too," the account wrote.
And finally, a different Instagram account called 90dayfiancesavageedition2 uploaded a photo showing Natalie being filmed in a Seattle street with producers surrounding her on January 22, but Mike was not pictured.
Given 90 Day Fiance's seventh season is pretty much over, Mike and Natalie's new stateside filming seems to indicate the couple will be appearing on an additional future season of 90 Day Fiance or one of its spinoffs.
Neither Mike or Natalie has posted about the other person on social media, but Natalie did upload a cute photo of the pair on December 21, 2019 with no caption.