’90 Day Fiance’ Fans Hope David Murphey Can Overcome His Denial About Lana

Cast member Geoffrey Paschel’s history of legal troubles has made his time on 90 Day Fiance particularly troubling, even though fans are used to seeing some seriously complicated relationships play out on the screen.

Other cast members have come forward to express their hurt and frustration over feeling manipulated and mistreated during their time on the series. 

Perhaps the relationship that has fans most attentive and concerned is David Murphey’s relationship with his Ukrainian girlfriend Lana.

As fans have become increasingly convinced that Lana — if “Lana” even exists — is scamming Murphey, they’re hoping that he comes to his senses and realizes what’s going on. 

Matt Sharp, Molly Hopkins, Paola Mayfield, Russ Mayfield of the television show "90 Day Fiance' Franchise"
Matt Sharp, Molly Hopkins, Paola Mayfield, Russ Mayfield of the television show “90 Day Fiance’ Franchise” | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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David Murphey has been looking for love 

While Murphey is certainly a sympathetic character in this particular drama, his own dating habits have been viewed as a little odd.

Murphey exclusively dates Ukrainian women. Internet dating has been a fertile place for Murphey, and he first started looking at potential Russian lovers before setting his sights on Ukraine because it was an easier place to travel. 

“I stopped dating in the USA 15 years ago,” Murphey explained. “Every time I did I would start thinking about Ukraine, so I stopped trying so my heart was free just in case I went to Ukraine. I have dated well over 100 women in Ukraine. Turned down many marriage proposals and have been turned down twice myself.”

While some have questioned Murphey’s willingness to spend huge sums of money on these dating endeavors, he defends the practice as logical and meaningful. He has his sights set on finding a lasting relationship, and he hasn’t been discouraged by his lack of success so far. 

The evidence suggests Lana is scamming David Murphey

One of those relationships has been with Lana, who Murphey claims to have been dating for the past seven years. In the past, he had made several attempts to meet up with Lana, but each time she had some excuse for why she couldn’t see him.

When Murphey flew to Ukraine for yet another attempt to meet his mysterious girlfriend and was stood up yet again, he hired a private investigator to track her down. 

The private investigator’s evidence makes it clear that something fishy is going on with Lana. “He truly believes that this is scam,” Murphey explained. “Because when they checked all data and all connections, they find out this girl [has] several dating accounts.” Murphey, however, could not accept that reality.

His long-running relationship with Lana felt too real for him to give up, so he rejected the investigator’s conclusions and continued moving forward. 

Fans hope David Murphey wises up to Lana’s scheme 

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Eventually, Murphey and Lana did meet. Their fifth attempt at getting together was a success and captured on the show. While this surely made Murphey feel vindicated, fans were not convinced.

Some suggested that TLC had set up the entire storyline for the show, and others think that Murphey is simply still getting scammed. When news broke that Murphey was moving to the Ukraine to be with Lana, things got even weirder. 

Now, the reunion special for the show has revealed that Lana doesn’t speak English and that she and Murphey have broken up.

During the tell-all special, as The World News Daily explains, Murphey explained that the stress of the show was too much for Lana: “She’s undergoing way too much stress with the show. She told me a couple of weeks ago all she wanted was a white picket fence and traveling with me in the RV. She loves that idea.”

He insists that it was TLC’s editing that made Lana appear to be a scammer. 

Once again, fans are calling foul. The idea that Lana is after a quiet life doesn’t fit the relationship where Murphey has spent tens of thousands of dollars on flashy gifts on her. Furthermore, the evidence from the private investigator has left fans certain that the whole thing has been an elaborate brainwashing to keep Murphey spending money.

They truly hope that he will eventually recognize that he’s been scammed.