’90 Day Fiancé: Is the Show Fake? Everything the Cast Has Said
90 Day Fiancé has become a cult phenomenon. Since its 2014 debut, the show has garnered a committed fan base and spinoffs like Happily Ever After, Pillow Talk, Before the 90 Days, and The Other Way. Part of the draw of the show is the drama and the crazy storylines that most of the couples have. In fact, some of the things that happen on the show are so outlandish that people have often wondered if the stories are real. Well, over the years, some of the stars have spoken up.
The editing takes some liberties
As with most reality shows, a lot of the storylines are created in the editing room and several stars have complained about the way that TLC has edited their episodes.
“This is the biggest bunch of manufactured bulls*it…shame on you Sharp Entertainment and TLC,” season 7 star Michael Jessen captioned a screenshot of one of his episodes. He claimed that he and his wife Juliana Custodio’s relationship was not portrayed accurately.
“You know, look, it’s a reality TV show,” he said. “We’re not paid actors. There’s certainly a lot of liberties that are taken in the filming of this and that’s all well and good and it’s fun and games but I gotta say, Sarah(my ex-wife,) and Juliana, myself, we appreciate all the positivity and the support because we are living real lives here.”
Deavan Clegg from The Other Way claimed that the editing of the show was making her look like a bad parent.
“I’ve been upset with edits before,” she said in an Instagram video. “I haven’t been vocal about it too much. But the edits are just getting so bad on my daughter that it’s disgusting and it’s disheartening.”
According to Clegg, TLC promised her that they wouldn’t include clips of her daughter drinking out of a bottle but they did.
“She was on formula at that age because she was losing weight and she couldn’t gain any weight and her doctor recommended it,” Clegg continued. “But people don’t take that into consideration, they just judge saying I’m neglectful when it’s actually the complete opposite of that. They promised they wouldn’t show that, and they did.”
Some of the stories are made up
In addition to editing, some former cast members have said that the show straight up created some of the drama.
Jay Smith famously got in trouble with his wife Ashley Martson after he was caught using Tinder. But he says that was all fake.
“The Tinder incident that happened, that was staged because without drama you don’t have a show,” he told InTouch. “The Tinder scandal, it was just an act so it was easy to move [past it] because you know, we just act on the TV and after … that was it.”
Chris Thieneman, and his wife Nikki Cooper who appeared on season 5 as friends of David and Annie Toborowsky have also exposed the show.
In a mukbang video called “Our Reality TV Experience” posted in 2018 on their YouTube channel, a fan asked if the show was scripted.
“Well, absolutely part of it is,” Thieneman said. “No question. Some of it is real and then teased with and added to, subtracted from.”
“I wouldn’t say that there’s a written script that’s like, ‘Hey, read this line, read this line,’” Cooper added. “But there are times where there are different people or producers that come up to you and say, ‘Oh, I think it would be cool if you do this,’ or ‘I think you should say this.’”