As fans are getting to know the new couples on TLC's new 90 Day Fiancé spin-off 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, there are some that are standing out more so than the rest. Fans are definitely intrigued by Paul Staehle and Karine Martins — especially because Paul was very open about the fact that he was hiding a pretty big secret from his girlfriend. Now, everyone is wondering if they were able to work through everything and if they are still together.
Paul's past isn't just shady, it's downright scary. In 2007, he allegedly committed second-degree arson and seven years later, he was convicted of "Burning Personal Property To Defraud Insurer." It seems like he served a few years in jail before getting supervised under shock probation, and it's not scheduled to end until 2020 — and he hinted at it during a confessional on the show.
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“One of the relationships I was in ended so badly, it ended up getting me in some serious trouble, and I haven’t explained it all to Karine yet," the 34-year-old said.
Judging from social media, it looks like Karine, 21, was able to get over Paul's criminal past because it seemed like they were still together — up until Saturday, Oct. 14, when a cheating scandal threatened their relationship. According to screenshots obtained by Starcasm, Paul accused Karine of cheating on him with a man named Alex, and he put Karine on blast by sharing a photo of her phone with Alex's contact info.
“When you love someone you don’t call or talk about sex with another man. Or blow up another man’s phone," Paul captioned the photo of Karine's phone, and then he added the comments: “Karine told me I am bad and she loves Alex.”
Shortly after Paul shared the photo on Facebook, Karine took to her private Instagram page to defend herself. "I think in the past a very bad person has hurt Paul’s feeling that even I can not help him. I tried. Not for interests. But for finding a Paul a good person. God knows what is best for each person," she wrote in Portuguese, translated via Google.
Up until the scandal, Karine and Paul were friends on Facebook, and Paul had liked all of Karine's selfies — but they both deleted their profiles after the drama unfolded. It seems like whatever happened between them might play out in a future season of 90 Day Fiancé because in a cryptic Facebook post shared last month, Paul explained to his friends and fans that he is unable to post any updates about his life or his relationship with Karine. This lead many to believe that the couple is currently filming for the TLC series, which means that fans will be able to follow along on their love story as Karine comes to the United States on K-1 Visa.
"Due to current filming and production to secure many show details and secrets, our social media will be extremely limited on public posts," he wrote. "Remember this is reality TV. Anything can change at any time. I will post bonus videos of everything up until this point that has aired. And pictures from my past."
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