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 her transition from her native Ukraine to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Following their return on seasons 6 and 7 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?, it’s clear the obstacles have only begun for this new marriage. Keep reading to find out Jovi Dufren and Yara Zaya’s current relationship status.
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.”
Are ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Jovi and Yara Still Together in 2023?
Shortly after the final part of the season 7 tell-all aired, Jovi and Yara celebrated the end of the season by taking a family beach vacation to Cancún, Mexico.
“We’ll be fine,” Jovi wrote alongside a photo of him and Yara enjoying the sun in January 2023. “Enjoying life in Mexico.”
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