'90 Day Fiance' spoilers: Did Angela Deem marry Michael Ilesanmi in Nigeria? What's the latest with the '90 Day Fiance' couple?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/16/2020
90 Day Fiance's seventh season ended with Angela Deem agreeing to marry Michael Ilesanmi in Nigeria as a last resort, so did the couple actually go through with a wedding, and if so, are they still together now?
Angela, a 54-year-old from Hazlehurst, GA, and Michael, a 30-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria, got their start on reality TV by starring on Season 2 of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days followed by Season 3 of the TLC spin off.
The divorced grandmother of six kids fell hard and fast for Michael after they met on Facebook.
Angela and Michael got to know each other over the phone for several months, and then Angela decided to travel to Nigeria to meet Michael in person for the first time -- despite having received warnings from friends and family that he might be scamming her.
Angela did discover some red flags with Michael in Nigeria, but she wanted to give her relationship a chance and needed more time to get to know Michael and his intentions better.
As their romance continued, Angela developed trust issues and constantly accused Michael of lying to her about his social-media activity, partying and other alleged women in his life.
Angela and Michael therefore seemed to fight more than they were happy together.
Michael's friends also disliked Angela and thought she was controlling and trashy, but the couple ignored others' opinions and always reconciled in the face of adversity.
The main problem for Angela and Michael, however, is that Michael wants to have a baby so his family name will continue on. Given Angela's age, there isn't much hope she can carry a baby herself.
"I would be lying if I tell her I can be happy without a child," Michael confessed to cameras during the third season of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days.
Angela was getting excited about Michael coming to America and becoming "Mr. Mom" to her six grandkids, but everything depended on Michael's K-1 visa interview.
Their relationship had to come across authentic and sincere in the interview, and Angela hoped Michael was prepared to answer questions with all necessary documents.
"If you screw up... we'll be done," Angela told Michael, before telling the cameras, "If Michael fails this interview, I told him, 'We're probably done'... I don't have the strength. I'm not getting any younger. It's either the K-1 or K-done."
Meanwhile, Angela picked out a wedding gown, which was an off-the-shoulder dress with an embellished bodice and loose, flowing skirt.
"I'm truly in love with Michael," she told the cameras, "and I know he loves me. I want to look my best for Michael, and I feel elegant."
Finally, Angela received the FaceTime call she had been "waiting on for years" about Michael's visa.
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 felt cheated as a tax payer because she thought Michael had met all the criteria and she had already traveled to Nigeria twice to see him.
"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 was ready to "fight like hell" for him to come to the United States.
"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 after learning the bad news. "I just want to be with her."
Angela then met with her lawyer and learned Michael had yet to receive an official denial. Instead, it was just recommended that Michael's visa be denied.
Angela discovered she had some options, such as appealing the decision and filing with some additional information, such as more evidence of her relationship with Michael.
For instance, Angela could divulge how much time she spent talking to Michael on the phone and through video chat, which included staying up late into the night.
The lawyer revealed 60 percent of appealed cases end up being granted visas but the process would take another six months.
Angela and Michael also had the opportunity to reapply for the K-1 visa again, which was a daunting task in Angela's mind and made her furious.
"I am 54 this year. I work hard, and if I want to get married in the United States of America, I have the right to do that," Angela argued.
"It's our choice whether they're scamming us, using us or not to bring them over here if we can afford them. It's that simple. Quit protecting people who don't need to be protected. I protect myself."
If Angela went over to Nigeria and married Michael over there, she'd be looking at another year for a spousal visa to be granted. Angela's lawyer also warned her a divorce would be very complicated if she chooses to wed in Nigeria.
Angela really wanted her sick mother to witness her wedding, and she said she couldn't afford to fly her family members over to Nigeria. It seemed like the best choice was to file an appeal and hopefully win it.
If Angela lost the appeal, the lawyer said she could file for the K-1 visa again and face about 18 more months away from Michael. And if Angela got married in Nigeria, she'd be looking at 18 months or maybe even two more years away from her fiance.
Angela felt robbed of her time with Michael, and she decided to fly to Nigeria for two weeks to get to the bottom of things. She was on a quest for answers.
But before Angela arrived in Nigeria, Michael met with an immigration lawyer on his own to get another opinion on how they should proceed.
Michael was actually advised against doing an appeal because chances of his visa being accepted were allegedly slim.
"They hold the decision of the consulate officer in very high regard," the lawyer explained.
"It will be very difficult for them to overturn that decision. So I would advise you to get married here and then apply for the K-3... spousal visa."
Michael was told his best chance of moving to the United States would be getting married in Nigeria first -- but he was worried about breaking such news to Angela.
Angela was dead set on not marrying Michael in Nigeria, but his supportive family influenced her to keep an open mind. Michael's loved ones wanted to see him happily married and trying for a child -- with Angela.
In the season finale of 90 Day Fiance, Michael drove Angela to the marriage registry so she could find out more information. Angela wasn't 100 percent sold on the idea, but she did agree to check things out.
Michael said if Angela agreed to register at the marriage registry, they could wed during her next trip to Nigeria and then he could apply for the spousal visa and hopefully move to the United States.
Angela learned obtaining a spousal visa would be the best way to get Michael over to America, and so she finally agreed to register.
"Honestly, I've had my mind set on getting married in the United States, but... hearing the register say that getting married in Nigeria is the best route for Michael and I to be together, it's not what I want, but time is not on our side right now with this K-1 visa denial," Angela told the cameras.
Michael thanked Angela for agreeing to marry in Nigeria, but then she learned she needed a witness at the wedding to make it official. Angela admitted no one would be able to travel to Nigeria with her.
"The compromise me and Michael have come to is plan the wedding here in Nigeria, but if the K-1 letter comes in and it's good news from our lawyer, the Nigerian wedding is off and we're getting married in America," Angela explained.
The couple apparently found this to be the answer to their problem of Michael having been denied a K-1 fiance visa, because now that they're married, they can apply for a K-3 spousal visa so Michael can move to the United States.
"Guess who's finally off the market! Whoop whoop," the @communiqueglobal Instagram account captioned a pair of photos showing the 90 Day Fiance couple exchanging vows and then posing for a wedding photo.
"As the invitation said, January 27 in Nigeria!," added @fraudedbytlc, a 90 Day Fiance Instagram fan account which reposted the photos.
Angela and Michael's wedding was filmed for TV
A pair of crew members are visible in the photo holding boom microphones over Angela and Michael as they exchanged vows, suggesting the ceremony was filmed for future broadcast on 90 Day Fiance or one of its spinoffs.
In addition, a large banner for the Federal Marriage Registry of Nigeria's Ministry of Interior can be seen in the background of the photo, which shows Angela and Michael standing and facing each other while an apparent government official sitting in front of the banner presides over the ceremony.
Two additional people -- a blonde woman wearing Western-style clothing and a man dressed in traditional Nigerian garb -- are also visible sitting alongside Angela and Michael respectively.
Angela wore a flowing white wedding dress for the ceremony, while Michael wore a purple suit.
News of Angela and Michael's wedding leaked ahead of time
Claims Angela and Michael had decided to get married in Nigeria on January 27 had surfaced online the week prior after Angela was spotted at a Nigerian airport with a camera crew.
On January 19, a 90 Day Fiance viewer posted the photo of Angela standing by the baggage claim to a Facebook group for 90 Day Fiance.
"A pastor in my fb uploaded this picture yesterday when he arrived from Canada to Nigeria. Look who is in the back lol," the Facebook poster wrote alongside the photo, which appears to have unintentionally captured Angela and three crew members filming in the background behind the pastor.
The photo unintentionally captured Angela and three crew members filming behind the pastor and showed Angela talking to the camera as two crew members filmed the 90 Day Fiance star with a camera and a microphone pole as a producer stood beside the cameraman.
The Southern blonde looked as passionate as ever in the photo, pointing toward the camera with her arm raised into the air.
However, whether there was a specific purpose for Angela's new trip to Nigeria remained unclear until a couple of days later when the @hundred_percent_true_shit Instagram account claimed Angela had returned to Nigeria to wed and posted a photo of an alleged copy of the couple's wedding invitation.
"Well, it looks like a wedding will happen after all," the Instagram account captioned the photo. "Nobody not even the US Government tells Angie Baby she can't have her Michael."
While the account redacted the wedding's location from the alleged invitation, the wedding's date was not censored and stated the ceremony would occur January 27.
Shortly afterward, @fraudedbytlc posted that it had also confirmed the wedding news.
"@hundred_percent_true_shit has the breaking news. I have received confirmation that Angela is in Nigeria to get married there!," the account wrote.
"No clue on the legitimacy of this being their actual invitation BUT my sources say the wedding in Nigeria is going to happen and will be filmed. More news coming as we get it."
When Angela and Michael's wedding will air remains unknown
Given 90 Day Fiance's seventh season just wrapped -- other than the Tell-All special -- it remains unclear when Angela and Michael's wedding footage will air and could indicate the couple will be returning for another season of 90 Day Fiance or one of its spinoffs like 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days or90 Day Fiance: The Other Way.
The fourth season of Before the 90 Days -- which Angela and Michael have also previously appeared on -- is set to premiere on February 23 on TLC.
Angela and Michael were not part of that Before the 90 Days Season 4 cast announcement, however it's possible TLC may be waiting to announce their participation at a later date, which wouldn't be a first for the network.
When TLC announced the cast of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season in October 2019, the network didn't reveal Angela and Michael would be cast members until after Season 3 of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days -- which the couple had been appearing on -- aired its finale a couple of weeks later.
Angela and Michael, however, were not featured on 90 Day Fiance's seventh season until December 2019, over a month into the season's broadcast run.
Michael had confirmed he was still in Nigeria in December
Michael confirmed in his Instagram Stories in late December 2019 he was still living in Nigeria while answering fans' questions in a live video session.
"You all know now about the status of my visa... God knows the best... It's okay. I'm over it. I'm over it. But it's painful now," Michael said in the four-minute video.
When a fan asked Michael where Angela was, he replied, "I'm still in Nigeria. My visa was denied."
But shortly afterward, Michael revealed he and Angela were still a team.
In late December 2019, the couple posted a series of bathroom selfies together in which they were smiling and embracing.
And then Michael captioned a photo on January 1, "As the new year renews all the happiness and good tidings, hope the joyful spirit keeps glowing in your heart forever! Happy New Year! 2020 From NG #90dayfiance #tlc #Teamangelamichael."
For Angela's part, she posted a photo of herself eating a steak late last year and wrote alongside it, "Michael know his woman love some filet mignon muah ty baby."
She also posted a photo of the pair driving in a car and captioned it, "Love recognizes no barriers."
Angela's mom passed away shortly after her wedding
Angela's mother, Glenda Faye Standridge, passed away at age 77 a few weeks after she married Michael in Nigeria.
According to the obituary, Glenda from Hazlehurst, GA, died February 8 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Glenda, born on November 25, 1942 in Okeechobee, FL, was a homemaker and of Baptist faith.
"We love you moma, But God love you more! Rest in peace mama. We love and will miss you," Angela captioned a pair of Instagram photos on which she announced her mother's death.
Visitation and funeral services were held February 11 in the Chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home.