90 Day Fiancé stars Syngin Colchester and Tania Maduro got married in 2019, but it was a wild ride—from Tania admitting that she didn’t know if Syngin was her soulmate to her monthlong trip to Costa Rica during Syngin’s first 90 days in the U.S. and her traumatic car accident just a few months after their wedding.
After Syngin settled into his new life in Connecticut with Tania, he often struggled to find his way. The 30-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa, struggled to find work. Meanwhile, Tania wasn’t able to work because of her injuries. Syngin even admitted that he sometimes wondered if he should return to South Africa and if he’d made the right decision.
In a new sneak peek of an upcoming episode of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After, Syngin and Tania flew to South Africa to visit Syngin’s brother, who had recently been hospitalized for a dangerous blood clot.
Syngin confessed that he wasn’t always happy in the U.S., and his brother admitted that he had had “doubts” about Syngin’s relationship with Tania and his choice to move across the world for her.
Syngin’s brother said he had a ‘tight brotherhood’ with the ’90 Day Fiancé’ star
When Syngin and Tania reunited with his brother, Dylan—who had recently been through a major health crisis—in South Africa, Syngin was visibly shaken by the relief and love he felt.
“Walking through the door, seeing my brother, it was emotional,” the 90 Day Fiancé star said. “I felt like a weight being dropped off my shoulder. It was amazing to see the guy.”
Dylan, meanwhile, admitted things hadn’t been going so well for him. He told Syngin he’d been struggling in recent weeks.
“It’s been a rough journey my side, man,” Dylan said sadly.
Dylan told 90 Day Fiancé producers that he had keenly felt the loss of his brother’s presence after Syngin married Tania and moved to the U.S.
“Me and my brother, we’re extremely close,” Syngin’s brother said. “We have a tight brotherhood. I was so used to seeing him on the regular that, when he did disappear, I would feel there’s something missing.”
Dylan opened up about his harrowing hospitalization
Tania, whose mobility had also been affected by her recent car accident, commiserated with Dylan about their respective injuries.
“Are we all injury-prone?” Dylan laughed good-naturedly, as they compared their injuries.
“I’m struggling to get my flexibility,” Tania told her brother-in-law. “I can’t move my ankle.”
“It’s the same with mine,” Dylan lamented. “The mobility is so tight.”
Dylan told a wide-eyed Syngin that the injury that ultimately led to his hospitalization was more than a little terrifying.
“I knew the moment I fell, I heard a [pop],” he said, imitating the sound. “And then, I had an attack.”
While the 90 Day Fiancé guest star experienced a debilitating blood clot that traveled to his lung, he was grateful that it hadn’t traveled to his heart. Dylan’s doctors told him that if he had waited just slightly longer to head to the hospital, his ordeal might have been fatal.
“I dodged a bullet there, man,” Dylan told Syngin. “It was the worse experience, to be honest, of my entire life.”
After hearing the story, Syngin began to cry as he told his brother how much it meant to him to be with him in South Africa.
“It makes me super emotional,” Syngin told Dylan. “It’s the love we have. It’s f*cking real, man.”
“It’s brotherhood,” Dylan agreed solemnly as the brothers embraced.
Tania’s husband opened up about the truth of his experiences in the U.S.
Switching subjects, Dylan asked his brother to tell him the truth about how his move to the U.S. had been so far. Tania looked at her husband expectantly—but sadly, Syngin didn’t have many upsides to share about his time in Connecticut.
“America, for me, has been a really crazy experience,” Syngin said cautiously. “When I left you here that day at the airport, I was still unsure—even like, ‘Am I gonna get married? What’s gonna happen?’”
“I know it’s not all sunshine and roses,” the 90 Day Fiancé star continued, adding that he often felt lonely and isolated in his new life in Connecticut.
“I haven’t connected with a friend yet down in the States,” Syngin said. “And that can be lonely, because then it’s just Tania. There’s a lot going on. It’s not a perfect life at all. The grass is definitely not greener on the other side, as everyone always says. But yeah, the storm will pass.”
As for Tania, she wasn’t happy about Syngin’s lack of enthusiasm for her home country.
“Syngin’s been complaining about America since he’s been in America,” she told TLC producers. “And like, I get it. I know America’s not the best country, but it’s also not that f*cking horrible.”
In fact, Tania admitted, she sometimes found it “concerning” that her husband hadn’t found “any positives of living or being there.”
What’s more, Syngin’s brother shared his own concerns about his brother’s marriage with TLC producers. Dylan even seemed to imply that he and the rest of Syngin’s family hadn’t always been sure about his relationship with Tania or his international move.
“It is concerning for me, especially when you talk about his mental and emotional well-being,” Dylan admitted. “So, it makes my mind ponder, and [I’ll have] a lot of questions during the time that he’s here. Look, we all had our doubts, and we still kinda do.”