Some recent Instagram photos show 90 Day Fiancé alum Juliana Custodio beaming as she cradles her newborn son, leaving fans to wonder how her ex-fiance Michael Jessen fared during his former wife’s emotionally-charged pregnancy. While Michael endured his fair share of strife, controversy, and turmoil during his time with the Brazilian-born Juliana, who was his second bride, he appears to have found respite by concentrating on music, his passion for wine, and family.
All seemed ideal when Michael introduced Juliana to ex-wife Sarah Nasa and their two kids, Max and Cece. The children, among the most beloved offspring in the 90 Day franchise, defied stereotypes by welcoming their new stepmother with open arms. From expressing genuine excitement on their father’s behalf to preparing Juliana’s breakfast, the children set a great example by being so accepting. However, tensions arose as Michael’s finances became increasingly unstable, causing Juliana to feel the burden of being the family’s sole financial provider. While the family dynamic was cordial at first, Juliana admitted after leaving Michael that she’d eventually felt more like a maid than a family member. Further drama ensued when Michael suspected Juliana of sharing a kiss with his ex-wife’s husband, Sean Naso. Juliana revealed her pregnancy shortly after, and the allegations led to questions about the paternity of her then-unborn baby.
Whatever turbulence once existed between the former pair, the waters seem to be calmer now, and Michael is focusing on his musical career and children, as well as his fur babies. Interested in sharing his creative aspirations, Michael generates Instagram content that proves he’s ready to move on. Mentions of Juliana were wiped from Michael’s social media accounts long ago, and Juliana also removed posts referencing her ex.
Reality alum Michael can be seen posting snapshots of family members, with his most recent post detailing the different attitudes of puppy, Frank. “Frank is a mood”, I’ve been told…I can’t argue with that,” he jokingly wrote alongside photos of the pup. Other IG content from Michael includes commemorative anniversary photos of family and friends, such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day posts. He also makes sure to shout out to Max and Cece, giving them credit for pushing him to become the best version of himself.
Traces of Michael’s old 90 Day Fiancé life continue to linger in his online presence. While his Twitter profile is mostly composed of links to his Instagram photos, his biography evokes cryptic questions about his relationship status. It reads: “Wine guy, musician, father, friend, husband (am I), brother, buddhist “Every Kindness Counts” – Armand DiMele,” with a thinking face emoji after “(am I).” It’s entirely possible that Michael has simply neglected to update his description, perhaps because he has only 345 Twitter followers, compared to his 136k Instagram fans. It seems clear that, for him, Twitter is merely an auxiliary social media platform. That being said, Instagram might be the next platform to go for Michael, who previously dissed TLC, as he pursues a more introspective lifestyle, away from the public sphere.
On June 24, Michael uploaded a guitar composition accompanied by the post, “I’m kinda done with IG…Kindness and love only.” This is understandable, considering the fact that even the most well-meaning fans seem intent on digging up his 90 Day past. In a post added recently, featuring his puppy Howard, Michael vaguely expressed that life was slowly getting better, thanks to his family’s support. Fans greeted the post with an outpouring of compassion and encouragement, although many of them were quick to express hopes that Michael would appear on a future 90 Day Fiancé franchise season. Juliana’s newborn was also mentioned, with one follower drawing a comparison between Juliana and Michael, by noting that they both have babies now.
90 Day Fiancé icon Michael has shown admirable personal development since his time on the hit reality show. Not only are there no more social media remnants of his ex-wife Juliana (who has also moved on), but his content reveals a dedication to self-improvement, by focusing on family and creativity. He is content to stay out of the public eye for now, and judging by his insinuations in his IG posts, it’s not unreasonable to say that his family life will continue to take precedence over a return to the 90 Day franchise.