Family over everything. 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After star Angela Deem is the matriarch of her brood, which includes two daughters and six adorable grandchildren. When she finally ties the knot with her fiancé, Michael Ilesanmi, he’ll be stepping into a stepfather figure and grandfather figure role — and Angela, 54, admitted she was sad that her daughters and grandkids could not be in attendance at their wedding ceremony in Michael’s home country of Nigeria.
The Hazlehurst, Georgia native and Michael, 32, originally planned to apply for the K-1 visa, which allows the foreign fiancé or fiancée of an American citizen to legally enter the United States under the condition that the couple gets legally married within 90 days of the foreigner’s arrival. But they had to change their plans after Michael’s visa was denied in 2019.
After that, they came up with a plan A and a plan B. Plan A would include them reapplying for the K-1 visa, and Angela hoped it would work out because she dreamed of having a traditional American wedding stateside so that her family members could attend. Plan B would include them tying the knot in Nigeria so that they could then apply for a spousal visa, which allows the foreign spouse of an American citizen to legally enter the United States.
During season 5 episode 3, Angela met with her immigration lawyer to discuss the best option. After getting advice, the couple agreed to reapply for the K-1 visa, and if they had not received an interview (the final step in the K-1 visa process before its either denied or approved) by a certain time frame, then they would move forward with plan B.
They quickly learned that the K-1 visa would not work out for them and they agreed to move forward with the spousal visa. But the couple hit another snag in their journey down the aisle: in order for the wedding to be legally recognized in America, the embassy required that a friend or family member from the American spouse’s side bear witness to the wedding ceremony in Nigeria. Angela hoped her daughter, Skyla Deem, would serve as their witness but she declined because she did not approve of her mom marrying a foreign man who is nearly 30 years younger.
“I don’t think this relationship will make mama happy because they don’t have anything in common. Even though opposites attract … they don’t last,” Skyla explained in her confessional.
But in the episode that aired on July 5, Angela’s friend Jojo agreed to be a witness to her marriage with Michael. The moment was bittersweet for Angela, because while she was happy to be marrying the man of her dreams, she was sad that her mother, daughters and grandchildren would not be able to attend her wedding.
Keep scrolling below to learn more about Angela’s kids and grandkids.
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