It’s been a bumpy ride for 90 Day Fiancé stars Yara Zaya and Jovi Dufren, but they haven’t let that stop them from finding happiness in love. The couple was introduced to viewers on season 8 of TLC’s flagship series, showing Yara’s transition from her native Ukraine to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Following their return on the spinoffs 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? and 90 Day: The Last Resort, it’s clear the obstacles have only begun for the marriage and fans are curious if the couple are still together.
How Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Jovi and Yara Meet?
Jovi and Yara started dating after they matched on a dating app. They began to travel together, which put their romance on the fast track as they made fun, new memories. Yara had a surprise pregnancy in the early stages of their relationship and Jovi later popped the question, but they sadly suffered a miscarriage. In the wake of that heartbreaking experience, Yara and Jovi leaned on each other and found solace as they planned a wedding.
In a January 2021 episode, the blonde beauty broke down in tears while reflecting on that difficult chapter when Jovi brought up wanting a family.
“There is another reason why I don’t want to get pregnant now … because when we were traveling in Europe, I lost a baby and I was [needing] to go for [an] operation and Jovi left me and he [flew] alone back to work,” she told cameras.
Jovi explained that he went without her because she lost her passport, however, he was unaware that she would have to undergo an operation at the time. “I didn’t realize that Yara was so resentful to me that I left her in Albania. I knew that I made a questionable decision … I didn’t expect it to be brought up a year and a half later,” he revealed. “Of course, it bothers me. It is not the conversation I want to have with Yara, especially when I am flying out to work in the morning.”
Prior to their Valentine’s Day nuptials, the pair had some tension over his bachelor party plans. “I want to have my last little getaway before I get married. But I look at Yara, she’s not feeling well. I’m in a pickle, I don’t know what to do,” Jovi said about his conundrum in a March episode.
Yara explained that she wanted Jovi to have fun with his pals, yet she was also hoping he would “take it easy and be responsible” before their planned wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada. “And don’t get [too drunk]. I really hope that old Jovi will not come out tonight,” she added. Jovi stayed out later than he promised and had more to drink than Yara had hoped, which caused tension between the couple just days before their wedding. Despite the drama, they tied the knot in February 2020.
Do Jovi Dufren and Yara Zaya Have Kids?
In January 2021, In Touch confirmed Yara did get pregnant shortly after her arrival to the United States. She and Jovi welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, that September. The couple revealed their daughter’s arrival in a birth special that aired in April 2021, and they announced her name is Mylah.
90 Day Fiance’s Jovi and Yara Return For ‘90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After’
Fans have continued to watch as Jovi and Yara clash on-camera, as they continued to tell their story in seasons 6 and season 7 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?.
During season 7, Yara, unhappy with her life in the United States, toyed with the idea of buying property in Europe to be closer to her family.
“I want this apartment to be closer to my family escaping from Ukraine, so I can help them,” the business owner said during a November 2022 episode. “I also will love to have more help with Mylah when Jovi will be away from work and my mom, she can do that.”
While the couple visited Yara’s mother in Prague, Czech Republic, Yara sprung the news on Jovi that she was in the process of searching for a three-bedroom apartment and had even set aside a $150,000 budget.
The idea of Yara having an apartment in Europe only continued to be an issue for the couple as Jovi felt once Yara got her green card, she would want to leave. The couple ultimately came to an agreement that she wouldn’t buy property in Europe and Yara is currently still living with him in America.
During the season 7 tell-all, which was filmed in September 2022, Yara revealed she still had desires of purchasing property — and wanted the property solely in her name.
“I don’t know, I have trust issue [sic]. My mom didn’t end up in a good experience. I saw it,” she told host Shaun Robinson. “So, Jovi sometimes do stupid stuff, so. I just want to protect myself.”
Jovi and Yara Return for ’90 Day: The Last Resort’
Fans got an update on what’s going on in their relationship when Jovi and Yara returned for season 1 of 90 Day: The Last Resort in August 2023.
The series followed four fan-favorite couples that had “reached their breaking points” and were now making a last-ditch attempt to fix their problems. Jovi and Yara participated in “a couples retreat to determine whether or not they could heal old wounds” and unpacked their issues revolving around “trust, sex, jealousy, anger, and intimacy” with the help of professionals.
In a therapy session, Yara admitted to Jovi that she has been “unhappy for two and a half years.” She also revealed that she had fears about getting pregnant again and had been taking birth control without Jovi’s knowledge.
“So you’re always talking [about having] a second baby and I always tell you I’m not ready. It’s just not the time and I’ve been hiding from you. I’ve been taking birth control and I didn’t tell you about that,” Yara told him.
Jovi was upset by Yara’s choice to keep the secret from him. “Why would you not tell me that?” he asked. “I feel like that’s something we should discuss instead of going behind my back to do it.”
Yara argued, “I was just thinking that it’s better for you [to] be mad at me, than I’m gonna get pregnant and bring the baby to the world for not this healthy situation.”
Later, in a confessional, Jovi told Yara he wished she had told him in private rather than surrounded by their Last Resort castmates.
“I know I can be adamant about what I want and maybe a little pushy sometimes but I really feel like you’ve blindsided me, and you shouldn’t have done this in front of everyone,” he said. “Like, we should have done this in a private session [when] we’re just meeting the therapists. Like, you need to be more considerate.”
“No. Blindsiding you, it’s a group therapy,” Yara fired back. “That’s the whole point of the therapy.”
The drama continued during the August 28, 2023, episode when Yara threatened to divorce Jovi after he spent a wild night out drinking with Angela Deem.
While Yara explained why she was upset with her husband, Jovi fired back by stating he needed to let loose after learning she was secretly taking birth control.
“Jovi, I did wrong and I admit that, but this is not right,” she said. “This is so sick. This is so f–king sick, Jovi. You are the problem.”
Jovi replied, “You’re f–king manipulating me with f–kng birth control, that is not okay.”
If that wasn’t enough, Jovi alongside his costars Asuelu Pulaa and Ed Brown went to the strip club during the October 16, 2023, episode. Before the outing, Jovi had admitted to previously hooking up with a stripper who lived in the area and texted her to ask what nights she worked at the strip club.
Yara found out about Jovi texting a stripper the next day on a boat ride with the other couples after Big Ed told Yara to ask Jovi who he was texting the night before.
“Why would you text her?” Yara yelled at her husband as she burst into tears. Unfazed by her question, Jovi responded, “I was trying to have fun last night, that’s it.”
Jovi emphasized that he had no intention of hooking up with the stripper but the mom of one felt he “embarrassed her in front of everybody.”
“So f—ked up,” Yara yelled at him once the couple got back to their room, asking him how they could seriously work on their marriage while he was still texting other girls.
The couple spoke about the topic in a therapy session the night before the recommitment ceremony, where Yara explained she felt “shame and embarrassment” about the stripper situation.
“I do realize that Jovi’s the one who should be ashamed about all of this situation because he’s the one who lied to me, but I do,” she explained in a private confessional. “I just don’t want for people to call me stupid because my husband like to go to strip club and prefer some other woman than me. [sic]”
Jovi promised not to put her in those situations and the couple recommitted to their marriage during the October 30, 2023, season finale.
Are ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Jovi and Yara Still Together in 2023?
Despite reaching peak drama in their storyline on 90 Day: The Last Resort — which was filmed in January 2023 and began airing in August 2023 — the couple’s social media activity seems to hint that they were able to work through their issues and are still together.
In November 2023, the couple shared a joint post, thanking the “amazing” 90 Day: The Last Resort therapist team for guiding them through their journey.
“My biggest takeaway from this experience is just understanding that therapy is real,” the couple captioned a photo from their recommitment ceremony, which was shared via Instagram on November 1. “And it can help your relationship even if you think that you don’t need it!”
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