Are 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way stars Steven Johnson and Alina Shaimardanova still together? The couple quickly caught a bad reputation on season 3 of the TLC reality TV series as Steven kept a big secret from Alina, and fans were convinced they would breakup before the end of their season of the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff. Keep scrolling below to find out where they stand today in 2023.
How Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Steven and Alina Meet?
Steven is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He learned to speak Russian while on a missionary trip for the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints, of which he is a devout member. His Russian-speaking skills are what led him to meet Alina, as he crossed paths with the Russia native on a language exchange site.
What Happened on Season 3 of ‘90 Day Fiance: The Other Way’?
After dating long-distance, they finally met in person for the first time and decided to take the next steps to close the gap — but the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to their plans.
In the midst of embassy closures and travel bans, Steven and Alina decided the best plan for them to be together is for them to both move to Turkey, as the country’s borders were open to both American and Russian travelers at the time of filming. They would stay in Turkey for about three months, during which they would get married. After that, Steven would be able to legally gain entry into Russia as the spouse of a Russian citizen.
What Was ‘90 Day Fiance’ Star Steven’s ‘Secret’?
Shortly after reuniting in Turkey, the cracks in Steven and Alina’s relationship started to show. Steven admitted he wasn’t sure if he was ready to marry Alina, and she revealed that Steven had asked her for permission to date other women while they were dating long distance. Even though she refused, Steven still behaved like he was in an open relationship. He later admitted that the reason why he still wanted to see other people is that he wasn’t sure if he was ready to fully commit to Alina.
Steven also came clean about a huge secret he was keeping from Alina: even though he expected her to remain a virgin before marriage per his religion, he was not a virgin himself. Alina was understandably upset as he admitted to having several sexual relationships in his past, but she eventually forgave him. She also quickly forgave him after asking a friend to flirt with Steven through his Direct Messages on social media, and he fell for the bait — but only if he agreed to delete all of his social media profiles.
After they were able to move past their issues, Steven planned a romantic proposal for Alina on a boat and he even sang her a song he had written specifically for their engagement. Alina, of course, said “yes.”
The couple hit yet another bump in the road on their way down the aisle. During the November 7, 2021, episode, Alina revealed that she and Steven only had about a month left on their tourist visas in Turkey, which meant that they had only one month to get married and get the paperwork in order for Steven’s spousal visa for Russia. Steven revealed he was still hesitant about marriage because Alina still had not converted to Mormonism.
“I’m worried that … right now, you say you want to get baptized, but after we get married, after we move to Russia, once you’re back home, that you won’t want to be baptized anymore,” he told his fiancée. “And it would be comforting for me to hear a promise from you.”
Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Steven and Alina Get Married?
Despite Alina being upset that Steven thought she wouldn’t keep her word when he was the one who previously broke the trust in their relationship, the issue was resolved. They tied the knot in December 2020 and their romantic wedding ceremony played out during the 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 3 finale.
“There were moments where I thought our relationship wouldn’t lead to a wedding,” Alina confessed to producers during the November 2021 episode. “But I’m sure that Steven really loves me, that his love is sincere. I’m certain I made the right decision.
Steven echoed Alina’s sentiments. “It’s been a crazy, crazy journey. Moving to Turkey to be with her and how much we had to sacrifice for each other and I think that really speaks to how much we love each other and that speaks louder than all the arguments we had along the way,” Steven added. “We’ve gone through a lot these past few months and there’s still a lot cut out for us. We still have to apply for a visa to Russia and then baptize Alina once we get to Russia. But all these challenges are just going to make us stronger. And I think a lot of people think we’re crazy, but we’re crazy in love so maybe they’re right.”
Are ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Steven and Alina Still Together?
As for the status of their relationship now, Alina and Steven are still together. In December 2022, the couple celebrated two years of marriage together.
“To celebrate our anniversary, Alina and I slept in,” Steven shared alongside throwback photos from their ceremony in Turkey. “Then we stayed in bed for a little longer listening to a general conference talked by Gary E. Stevenson called ‘hearts knit together.’”
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