90 Day Fiance Star Michael Jessen Slams TLC Editing; Doesn’t Feel His Story Is Portrayed Accurately

This season’s 90 Day Fiance crew is an interesting cast of characters, as usual. Where else can you see battling bee keepers in love, romancing and fighting through language apps like Mursel Mistanoglu and Anna Campisi? Or witness the tense dynamics between Anny and Robert, who decides to show his lady love a beautiful new apartment–that they can’t even move into. No rhyme or reason is what makes the show reality gold.

Michael Jessen and Juliana Custodio have been one of the more interesting couples on the show. Michael’s smart and funny children Max and Cece are the breakout stars of the season. Forget the couples! Michael and Juliana’s age, cultural and income differences are constantly in play. On the most recent episode, the couple saw a lawyer about a prenuptial agreement, but nothing was resolved. Now, Michael is speaking out about how he and his family are being portrayed on 90 Day Fiance–and he is not holding back.

In Touch Weekly reports that Michael recently posted on Instagram to share his thoughts–and frustrations with the show. In a screenshot from the couple’s meeting with the attorney on the show, Michael captioned the picture with: “This is the biggest bunch of manufactured bulls–t … shame on you Sharp Entertainment and TLC.” Clear communication is always best, Michael! Let your feelings out.

After the episode aired, Michael posted a video on Instagram Stories, which disappear within 24 hours. He stated, “This has been a very interesting journey for us, for our family. Tonight’s episode and really last week sort of planted the seeds, and I think next week we’re going to see more of this stuff. It’s been a little difficult for us to be quite honest.”


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On the episode in question, Michael and Juliana’s visit to the attorney did not go well. The meeting appeared to leave Juliana confused, hurt–and determined to become independent.

Michael went on to say, “You know, look, it’s a reality TV show. We’re not paid actors. There’s certainly a lot of liberties that are taken in the filming of this and that’s all well and good and it’s fun and games but I gotta say, Sarah (my ex-wife,) and Juliana, myself, we appreciate all the positivity and the support because we are living real lives here.”


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Seeing snippets of your life on television would probably be shocking for most people. Compared to some of the outrageous characters that have appeared on the 90 Day franchise, like Darcey Silva and Angela Deem, Michael and Juliana seem like relatively normal individuals.

The sticking point for Michael appears to be the prenup segment. He explained, “This set up of the whole prenup, it’s really created quite a backlash. My ex-wife, Sarah’s been getting a lot of negative feedback, Juliana is, I am. That’s cool. I’m glad everyone’s got their feelings or are passionate about it. But it’s something where I feel like I need to call a little bit of bulls–t because it’s not really who we are. It’s not really reflective of our reality.”


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Taking part in a reality show is always risky–you never know how you will be portrayed until the episodes air. Sarah probably came off the worst in this, as she is the one who brought up the prenup to the couple. Which is a little awkward and a little inappropriate, no matter how you spin it.

Michael went on to add, “Prenuptial agreement, is it important? Is it something people should consider? Yeah, of course. For our situation, is it important? I guess. I don’t know. I won’t give any spoilers. You’ll see how this plays out next week.”


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“I think we’re all a little upset that it’s kind of cut out the kindness that we truly share together and it was something that was a part of the narrative of our 90 Day Fiance experience that was departing from who we really are,” Michael continued.

Compared to some other 90 Day cast members, this family does seem to be trying to make things work. There are awkward moments and stumbles, but none of the parties involved seem to be trying to do anything but learn how to navigate the new family dynamics. No screaming, no threats, no storming off–can this be TLC we are watching?


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Michael hints that he would like to say more, but is hesitant to do so. “Maybe I’m being a little careful,” he said. “We’ve signed some things, there’s NDAs. To be honest, I don’t really care. I have a lot of lawyers. I don’t think that’s something to worry about, but I think this is a good dialogue when it comes to relationships and relationships in our situation and what does that mean. What should people do or not do. No, I won’t give it away. Watch, see how this plays out.”

The bottom line for Michael is that he believes his family is not being depicted accurately. He stated, “We’re all upset about the harshness for which we were portrayed. It hurts our feelings.”


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“And of course, there’s a lot of second-guessing,” Michael added. “Was this the right decision for us to make? I don’t know. That remains to be seen, okay. We don’t know.”

To me, it is refreshing to see Michael, Juliana, Sarah and the children trying to navigate their new roles in a way we often don’t experience on 90 Day Fiance. Like Michael said, how everything plays out remains to be seen.


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