While 90DF fans like Michael Ilesanmi, they also believe that he could have been a better partner to Angela Deem. Does Michael deserve this criticism?
90 Day Fiancé stars Angela Deem and Michael Ilesanmi are one of the franchise’s most notorious couples, thanks to their tumultuous relationship, large age gap, and cultural clashes. The duo has been incredibly divisive among fans, with some viewers taking to social media to show support for Michael, while others have come out in support of Angela. Though many viewers sympathize with Michael, as Angela is very domineering and prone to angry outbursts, there have been some shocking moments when viewers have questioned Michael’s loyalty to Angela. Fans are not shy about expressing negative opinions of Michael online.
Grandmother and Georgia native Angela met younger man Michael through the Internet. Fans saw the couple meeting in Michael’s home country of Nigeria on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days season 2. During their first season, the couple dealt with conflict due to their many differences. They have a 22-year age gap and come from different cultures. After their request for a K-1 visa was denied, they married in Nigeria in January 2020. At the moment, they are apparently still living in different nations.
Angela is a divisive 90 Day Fiancé cast member. She has garnered anger and sympathy from fans of the franchise. Some see her as a controlling partner, but many see her as a hardworking woman who has a lot on her plate. She raises her six grandchildren on her own, and previously cared for her late mother. Giving up on love after her first marriage ended, Angela began to feel very hopeful again when she met Michael. Here are moments when fans rallied around Angela after Michael let her down.
The “BJ Incident”
When Angela and Michael were beginning to date long-distance, she struggled with trust when it came to Michael. At first, this appeared to be the result of Angela’s controlling ways, but during an incredibly hurtful moment, her suspicions were revealed to have a very real basis. Angela confronted Michael on screen about the incident. He admitted to her that he had cheated one time, when he received oral sex from a woman he gave a ride home to. Though Michael was honest about this breach of trust, he assured Angela and the audience that it was the only time he had ever been unfaithful to Angela. However, it was very clear that this made Angela feel insecure and hurt, and viewers came to her defense.
Commenting On Angela’s Weight
When Angela first went to visit Michael in his native Nigeria, she went with him to the artisan’s market. He insisted on getting matching garments in the Nigerian style, as he said it was common for couples to have coordinated outfits. Angela expressed some insecurity about the clothing fitting her, telling him that it would be better to look at the fabric, as opposed to trying on ready-made clothing. When speaking with the merchant who was creating and selling the clothing, Michael began to discuss Angela’s body, telling the merchant that “she’s embarrassed because she is fat.” At that moment, it was clear that Angela was humiliated. She had just expressed insecurity about her size to Michael, and he confirmed her worst fears by publicly commenting on her weight. Fans were sympathetic to her at this moment.
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Not Supporting Angela Through Surgery
Throughout her time on the franchise, Angela has struggled with both body image issues, and with pain related to her weight and breasts. She recently decided to take action in order to live a healthier, happier life. In Happily Ever After? season 5, she began exercising in preparation for weight loss and breast reduction surgery. When she let Michael know that she was going to be having these procedures, he was not supportive. He insisted that she keep her breasts large for his benefit, and said that Angela should be using the money for IVF, so they could have a baby. When Angela was recovering from major surgery, Michael did not contact her or offer her care or support of any kind.
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Even though he wasn’t behind Angela’s decision to have the procedures done, fans were shocked when he flat out refused to support his wife through this intense and difficult process. After this incident, fans were sure the couple would break up. However, based on hints dropped by Angela on social media, it seems like the 90 Day Fiancé couple are still together.