While 90 Day Fiancé star David believes he found the love of his life in Sheila, his family has raised concerns about her intentions. Season 6 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days captured the Nebraska native as he traveled to the Philippines to meet his online girlfriend for the first time.
How Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars David and Sheila Meet?
David explained that he met Sheila, who lives in the Philippines, in a Facebook group for deaf singles two years before they filmed season 6 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, which premiered on June 4.
He said that he sees a future with Sheila, who is a single mother, and insisted she is “better than any other woman I’ve dated” because of her “sweet” nature.
“When I met Sheila online, I felt it was crazy,” David said in a confessional. “But she’s the perfect soulmate. I really want to trust that this is the real deal. That Sheila really loves me truly as a person. If not, I’ll be broken.”
What Challenges Have David and Sheila Faced in Their Relationship?
During his reality TV debut, David explained that Sheila began asking him for money during the second year of their relationship. He added that he had sent her a total of $3,000 before they even met in person.
“Sheila never asked me for any money in the first year. Then this last year, she started asking,” the TLC personality said in American Sign Language. “When COVID hit, she lost her job and her house was destroyed by a fire. Then it was hit again by a typhoon. I love Sheila, so I want to help her.”
David’s family has expressed their concerns about him sending money to Sheila, specifically because they have never met in person. However, he explained that he had plans set to travel to the Philippines and finally meet her in person.
When David’s friend Mark asked if he was “nervous” for the trip, the reality star said he wasn’t worried.
“I think she can’t wait to see me, and me too,” he said through a text-to-voice smartphone app. “I need to meet her first, but if it goes well, I will propose.”
Despite David’s confidence in the relationship, Mark continued to express his concerns in a confessional.
“This idea of traveling halfway across the world, it almost sounds like it’s coming out of a fairytale in his mind, this true love story that can have no bad ending,” the bartender said. “But it’s a little worrisome that someone is sending money halfway across the world to this person that they don’t know all that well. It’s very rare that anything like that can work out.”
David arrived in the Philippines during the June 25 episode and their love clearly translated in person as they shared a warm reunion at the airport.
“When I hold Sheila, I feel like I’m in heaven,” David told producers of their first meeting. “I started to smell her hair, I could smell her perfume, and feel her soft skin. She feels good in my arms and I’m so happy.”
While David and Sheila seemingly found sparks, the real test is David’s meeting with Sheila’s 12-year-old son, Jhonreil. Sheila worried that her son would struggle to connect with her long distance love because of his hearing impairment.
The couple met in person for the first time during the July 2 episode. The meeting didn’t go according to plan and David dealt with struggles regarding his deafness and being in a new environment.
Shortly after his arrival, the couple sat in heavy traffic after leaving the airport. His anxiety grew when the restroom was broken at a restaurant they visited. Sheila eventually led him outside and directed him to a urinate in public.
“This is not how I pictured our first day together,” David admitted. “Yes, it’s embarrassing. But it was an emergency. I did finally get to go pee. Pooping was another story.”
Once they arrived at their hotel, David smashed his foot when he tried to push two twin beds together. However, the couple seemed to make the most of the situation and snuggled together at the end of the night. After overcoming their first hurdle, David and Sheila are dealing with major jealousy in their relationship as she makes it known that she wishes his interpreter was not a woman.
“The interpreter is difficult to me because she is [better at sign language] than me,” she confessed during a July episode. ““She’s young, and I feel a little jealousy. Honestly, I’d like to find [an] interpreter with a man, not a girl.”
How Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Star Sheila’s Mom Die?
Sheila’s family faced tragedy when her mom, Remedios Mangubat, died during the July 30 episode. She died the day after David had an awkward first meeting with her family during his trip to the Philippines.
“Last night I finally met Sheila’s family, but when we woke the next morning, an awful thing had happened,” David explained in his confessional. “Sheila’s mother had died.”
Later in the episode, Sheila explained that her mother fell down the stairs in their family’s home and died as a result of the injuries. She said that the stairs were not nailed down properly, so they gave out when Remedios was on the staircase. The accident took place around 5 a.m., so the family learned about the fatal fall hours later when they woke up.
Following her mother’s passing, Sheila asked David if he could pay for repairs in her house. After he admitted he couldn’t afford it, Sheila became self conscious and insisted she wasn’t using him for his money.
Does ‘90 Day Fiance’ Star David Get Along With Sheila’s Son?
While David and Jhonreil didn’t get off to the best start, they had another opportunity when they went to the beach with Sheila during the August 20 episode.
“It’s important for me to have a relationship with Sheila’s son,” David noted in a confessional. “I want to propose to her on this trip, so I need to prove to her I plan on being a good father.”
He added he “was concerned about forming a bond with Jhonreil because [he] is very shy,” though said kids “just like to play around, so the language barrier isn’t a big deal.” The reality star noted, “That’s how I communicated with my father all those years ago.”
During the beach day, David and Jhonreil became more comfortable with each other as they played games and ran in the water. By the end of the day, David said that Sheila’s son was “warming up to [him] and it feels really good.”
Meanwhile, Jhonreil admitted he was initially “nervous” to meet David, though said he said he didn’t “feel that anymore,” The preteen then expressed interest in learning sign language so they “can talk a little.”
Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Star David Propose to Sheila?
Fans watched David prepare to propose to Sheila during the August 27 episode as he went shopping for engagement rings.
“If everything works out, I’ll pop the question,” David said in a confessional. “We’ve been through some tough times, but because of that our relationship is stronger. There’s new ways that I’ve fell in love with her, mainly the way she interacts with her family and son.”
However, he admitted it might not be “the right time to propose” following her mother’s sudden death and Jhonreil’s hesitation to move to the United States.
Later in the episode, David and Sheila hit a roadblock when he expressed his frustrations that she hadn’t learned American Sign Language.
“Sheila not using sign language has been bothering me,” he stated in a confessional. “I ignored it because of the passing of her mother, but I really wish that Sheila could use sign language more easily.
David continued, “When I try to talk to Sheila through texting, it feels harder to connect on a deeper level in a way she can understand me clearly. If we can’t communicate, it’ll be very hard for us to have a future.”
David was ready to ask Sheila to marry him during the September 3 episode, but he wasn’t positive she would accept his proposal.
“I’m so nervous and trying to keep it all together because I’m ready to ask Sheila to marry me,” he said. “I’m ready but nothing is a sure thing.”
Despite his concerns, Sheila accepted his proposal. However, their bliss didn’t last long and David had to return back to the United States. The couple said goodbye during the September 10 episode and admitted they weren’t sure when they will see each other next.
Sheila said she was looking forward to marrying David and making her family “complete,” while David said he was “trying to stay positive for Sheila” but was feeling “overwhelmed” as he prepared to leave.
“I know there is a lot to be paid for, an immigration lawyer, the visa, the house, plane tickets, the wedding. But I don’t know how long before I can afford to pay for all of those things and I don’t know how the K-1 visa process works,” he said. “My plan is to go back to the Philippines to see Sheila next year while we wait for it to get sorted. I hope Sheila can wait for me to come back, no matter how long it takes.”
The couple broke down in tears as they said goodbye at the airport, while Sheila reflected on how her feelings for David have grown during his visit. “I love him so much,” she told the cameras. “But now David is gone. I’m gonna miss him so much.”
“I don’t want to go back to my life alone again without Sheila and without her in my hands,” David said. “I know there’s a lot to check off the list before Sheila and I can be together, but I love her so much, so I’m not gonna give up. My love for Sheila will be forever. It won’t fade. It’s impossible.”
Are ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars David and Sheila Still Together?
David and Sheila’s relationship status isn’t currently known. Fans will have to tune in to 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days to watch their romance unfold.
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