’90 Day Fiancé’: Why Does Natalie Believe She’s ‘Saving Mike’s Soul?’
Natalie and Mike, stars of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé Season 7, had a whirlwind romance ending in a romantic engagement in Paris. The couple met through mutual friends and seems to be a match made in heaven in terms of chemistry.
But 34-year-old Mike, from rural Washington state, and 35-year-old Natalie, from Kyiv, Ukraine, still have a lot to work out. Both are divorced, and they seem to want different things: Natalie wants children right away, for example, while Mike hopes for children later on, after he’s cleared his credit card debt (which he hasn’t yet told Natalie about).
While awaiting the outcome of their K-1 visa application, Mike headed to visit Natalie and her mother in Ukraine. But on the Dec. 15 episode of 90 Day Fiancé, “The Truth Shall Set You Free,” tensions between Natalie and Mike rose as they discussed their opposing religious views and how it could affect their future.
Natalie and Mike have different religious views
While Natalie and Mike hope to build a future together, Natalie worried that Mike’s atheist views could disrupt her dreams. So at the start of “The Truth Shall Set You Free,” Natalie told her fiance she was taking him to church to explore faith together.
“I want to introduce him to God. For me, it’s really important,” she told 90 Day Fiancé producers. “I hope Mike will believe in God.”
But Mike wasn’t so sure. “Me and Natalie have opposite views when it comes to religion,” he explained. “She believes in God, and I don’t believe in God.” Her friends had also warned him that his lack of faith could be a problem, as Natalie was a staunch believer.
Instead, he told TLC producers he believed in the idea of ancient aliens. “To say we’re the only ones in the universe is, I think, absurd,” said Mike.
Mike reluctantly accompanied Natalie to church
As Natalie drove Mike to church for the first time ever, the 90 Day Fiancé star was hopeful she might change her fiance’s mind. “It felt like I am saving his soul,” she told TLC producers, as Mike shifted uncomfortably in his seat.
But once they arrived at the church and shared a quiet moment together, Mike told his fiancee he wasn’t so sure about changing his mind. “I don’t want to overpromise anything,” he whispered to her. “It’s just not in my heart right now.”
Natalie confessed that this was a bigger deal to her than she’d let on before. “I’m scared of people who don’t believe in God,” the 90 Day Fiancé star told her husband-to-be. She continued, “People lie, people betray, people cheat, and I don’t want it in my family.”
Mike assured her that his religious views wouldn’t stop him from treating her well. But Natalie was devastated. “I’m kidding myself,” she whispered to herself as she started to cry.
“My life is all about faith and I don’t know if I want to marry Mike if he doesn’t believe in God,” the Ukrainian model told producers.
Meanwhile, Mike was concerned that his future wife wouldn’t ever respect his views. “I get worried that Natalie can’t really accept me for who I am,” he admitted.
Natalie worried the couple was too different to raise children together
The next morning, Natalie was visibly agitated with her American fiance. She wouldn’t fix him any coffee the next morning, while Mike looked bewildered and Natalie’s mom tried to smooth things over. “Everything will be amazing. What’s the matter?” she fretted to her daughter.
Natalie told 90 Day Fiancé producers the previous day’s events had made her doubt her engagement. “Sometimes Mike doesn’t understand how I feel, and it frustrates me,” she said.
Breaking down to Michael, she exclaimed, “How can we raise a child? We don’t understand each other. Divorce in two years and my child gonna be raised without a father.”
Mike tried to comfort her, but his fiancee was distraught over their religious differences. “It’s gonna be a disaster and I don’t want to put so much on my child,” she insisted as the couple struggled to find closure.