’90 Day Fiancé’: Olga Koshimbetova and Steven Frend Encounter Delays and Problems Before Reuniting in the U.S. On ‘What Now?’

Steven Frend and Olga Koshimbetova first appeared on the sixth season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé. The couple met while Olga was traveling and quickly fell into a passionate romance. Before the end of their first summer together, 22-year-old Olga was pregnant. 21-year-old Steven quickly drew criticism from fans, who didn’t appreciate how he treated his young wife—especially when she was recovering from a C-section with their baby boy, Alex.

But now, on a recent episode of TLC GO’s 90 Day Fiancé: What Now, Steven insists he’s grown up and matured, both in his own life and as Olga’s husband. The couple tied the knot in Maryland in 2019 and are now together in the U.S., raising their son, who is now two years old.

Still, before they could reunite for good, Steven and Olga were met with obstacles and delays that stopped their family from being together as soon as they wanted to be.

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Olga’s arrival in the U.S. was delayed due to passport problems

After two years of a long-distance relationship, as Steven explained on 90 Day Fiancé: What Now, he and Olga were more than ready to live together as husband and wife for good. But just before Olga and Steven were meant to reunite in the U.S. on a K-1 visa, their plans fell apart.

“Olga was texting me all night,” an emotional Steven told TLC producers. He explained that she’d realized she didn’t have the right documents to bring their young son to the U.S. While little Alex had a U.S. passport, he needed a Russian passport in hand as well.

“She said, ‘Something’s going wrong with the passport. I’m not going. Please answer me, please answer me,” Steven explained, adding that her texts became more and more frantic as time went on: “‘The only one I need right now is you, but you’re not answering me.’”

But Steven had been out drinking with friends to celebrate his last night of “freedom” before settling into the full-time routine of marriage and parenting. The 90 Day Fiancé star’s phone was off when Olga was sending her flurry of texts.

Even worse? It would take one to two months for Olga to finalize Alex’s paperwork and get to the U.S.

“It’s really upsetting to me, because I’ve been planning this day since we started the K-1 process,” Steven admitted as tears filled his eyes. “I’m feeling more upset than anything. I don’t think I’m going to be able to be myself for a while.”

Steven admitted he felt guilty about his failure to support Olga when she most needed it

During his first season on the show, Steven wasn’t often given to openly displaying his emotions. But in his longing for his family, it seemed he’d softened and matured over time.

“I feel really guilty because my phone was off,” the young dad lamented, “because I couldn’t give her the help and the support that I know she needed in that time.”

The 90 Day Fiancé star confessed that he was lonelier than ever without Olga and his little son. “I need my family here with me,” he declared. “I’m literally just alone. And the more time that I’m here alone, the more time I miss spending with my family and seeing my son grow up.”

The young couple finally had an emotional reunion at the airport

Finally, a month later, it seemed like Steven and Olga might have their big reunion. After an emotional meeting at the airport, they would have just 90 days to get married under the terms of the K-1 visa.

It was clear that the young couple had grown closer and fallen more in love in their two years as parents to baby Alex. Now that they were together for good in the same country, they both gushed about “their dreams coming true” as a family.

“I feel at home with Steven,” Olga said. “I’m excited to see Steven with Alex. It was hard to look after Alex, but I think it was [even] harder for Steven to be without him.”

Steven was just as relieved to have his family back with him after so long. “I have no words for how happy I am right now,” the 90 Day Fiancé star said after greeting his wife and baby. “I feel like I’m dreaming.”

The couple said they planned to work on being financially and emotionally stable for their marriage and their son. “Now that they’re here, I want to take advantage of my time and work my a** off and fight for my dreams,” Steven said.

Olga agreed with her husband, saying: “We have to be a good example for Alex if we want him to be a good person.”

And Steven showed a more introspective side than he ever had in his previous appearances on the show. He even admitted that he felt he needed his wife and son to feel whole. “I can definitely say, I knew that a part of me was always lost when they weren’t with me,” Steven confessed. “I felt when they were with me again that I feel whole, like myself, all of me is here together.”