’90 Day Fiancé’: Fans Suspect That Paola Mayfield Buys Her Instagram Followers

TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé has definitely had it’s share of controversy. But none of its stars seem to bring as much negative attention as Paola Mayfield.

Now, she’s being criticized once again by fans. This time, they believe she may have paid for some of her one million Instagram followers. 

Paola and Russ Mayfield on ’90 Day Fiancé’

Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield
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Russ Mayfield, an engineer in the oil industry, met Paola during a work trip to her home country of Columbia. They fell in love, and when Russ was called back to the states, Paola followed so that they could be together. After navigating through disappointed in-laws, and a disapproving best-friend, the couple decided to marry in 2013. Their relationships has been followed by the popular reality show, 90 Day Fiancé, which thrust them both into the public eye. 

Paola immediately tried to use her new celebrity status to launch a modeling career. But although most people agree that Paola keeps a fit body, she draws plenty of criticism for her flamboyant style and average looks. Fans of 90 Day Fiancé voiced their opinion about Paola on Reddit. 

“She is just so tacky,” one user wrote on Reddit

Another supplied more details about their observations. “She is just not very pretty. She is certainly not ugly and she has a nice figure. But at the end of the day she is just not beautiful…”

Despite fan’s negative comments, Russ and Paola seem happy together. In 2019, they welcomed their first child, a son named Axel, to the family. And now, it appears the couple may be thinking about a sibling for Axel. Earlier this summer, when a fan commented on Paola’s Instagram that the child “needs a sister or brother,” the reality star was eager to agree

“He does!!!” She wrote. 

’90 Day Fiancé’ Paola Mayfield attracts controversy 

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Since Paola came into the spotlight, her looks haven’t been the only issue to attract controversy. Fans haven’t been happy about the parenting choices she makes for her young son. On Instagram, she revealed, according to In Touch Weekly that she plans to homeschool him, and that she’s wary of vaccines. 

When a fan criticized her decisions in the comments, Paola quickly shot back. “Your ignorance is showing. Doctors with PhD and MD wrote these books, so tell me how much do you know compared to them?” She wrote, referencing the books, Critical Vaccine Studies and How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, which were spotted on her table in a photo. 

“Nothing wrong with learning more about it,” she continued, “and stop with the stupid anti-vax comments just [because] a parent [wants] to know more and have the right to make decisions doesn’t make it anti-anything.”

In fact, Paola’s Instagram account seems to be a regular source of criticism for the reality star. In a now-deleted post, she complained about nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic, asking how they had time to make Tik Tok videos when they should be working with patients. 

All of these unpopular opinions even led some fans to urge her Instagram sponsors to drop the controversial reality star.  

Does Paola Mayfield buy her Instagram followers?

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Now, Paola is attracting negative attention, yet again. This time, it’s because of her rapid increase in Instagram followers. She recently celebrated one million followers, but fans suspect she may have paid for a large portion of them. 

“I feel like she has to buy her followers? Right?” One person commented on Reddit, and immediately had plenty of supporters. 

“She 100% paid for followers,” another person wrote. “She had less followers than Ed, then suddenly a week later gained 400-500k more. She 100% purchased them. Her likes do not replicate an IG account that has a legitimate following of 1m. Go compare an actual account with 1m followers vs Pao. It’s very different. She is not that well known to have 1m followers. Just no.”

Plenty of Reddit users seemed to agree with the idea. “I actually looked at her profile account a few days ago and I remember her and Loren not being too far apart.. (loren is currently at 917k – Paola had more but NOT that many…), I don’t think Paola is doing anything relevant enough for her to gain 50k + followers in a few days.”

Followers that have been paid for generally don’t interact with the account as much as authentic users will, and often don’t even stick around. Because of this, it should be easy to see how many of Paola’s followers are real going forward, and it’s likely her sponsors will notice as well.