Are they still together? 90 Day Fiancé couple Paul Staehle and Karine Staehle (née Martins) have had countless ups and downs throughout their tumultuous relationship ever since they made their debut on season 1 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, but they always seemed to be able to work through their issues.
Paul and Karine faced many obstacles from the start, which included long-distance (Karine is originally from Manaus, Brazil and Paul is from Louisville, Kentucky) and a language barrier (Karine only spoke Portuguese when they met while Paul only spoke English). Paul also asked Karine to take an STD test and a pregnancy test before they got intimate with each other, which upset and offended the Brazilian beauty. But she eventually agreed and they moved past it.
Then there was the issue of Paul hiding a big secret from his online love about his past. He eventually came clean to her about his criminal record, and while it caused a little bit of tension at first, Karine was still able to accept Paul and his history.
At the season 1 tell-all, Paul revealed he would be relocating to Brazil to be with Karine because she didn’t want to leave her family. They returned for season 2 of the TLC spinoff, where they documented the process leading up to their wedding day. It didn’t seem very likely they would make it down the aisle — especially because Paul had accused Karine of cheating on him with other American men, which Karine denied. Despite all of the obstacles between them, Paul and Karine ultimately did tie the knot and fans got to see their wedding on the show, which took place on November 3, 2017.
But it wasn’t all wedded bliss for the couple after that. Following their wedding, the pair suffered two miscarriages before conceiving their rainbow baby, son Pierre. Karine announced her pregnancy on the season 2 tell-all. Going through those hardships and welcoming their first child together only strengthened Paul and Karine’s bond.
“I’m very happy, very excited,” Paul told Us Weekly shortly after the birth of their son in March 2019. “I’m also very nervous and want to do everything the best that I can and do everything right. Everyone keeps asking how it feels to be a dad. Anyone can make a baby, but going through the day-to-day process of being a father is going to be a new experience.”
“I’m very honored and very privileged and I want to make sure I do my absolute best for Pierre,” the doting daddy added.
In November 2019, Paul shared a sweet tribute to Karine on their two-year wedding anniversary and acknowledged their relationship issues. “Happy two-year anniversary @staehlekarine and our never-ending rollercoaster of a journey,” he captioned a set of photos from their nuptials.
That December, Paul took to Instagram Live to allege Karine left with Pierre to spend the holidays with another man, local musician Blake Sakal. She denied his claims via her Instagram Story, claiming she did “not run away with another man.”
In June, the couple returned to reality TV on season 5 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? , which documented their move from Brazil to the United States. Karine did not want to live in America, but she agreed after Paul convinced her it would be best for their family because he struggled to find work in Brazil because of the language barrier. Paul continued to struggle with unemployment after they moved, which he blamed on his criminal record, and the couple’s main source of tension on the show stemmed from Paul’s inability to provide financially for his family. Karine threatened to return to Brazil several times if Paul couldn’t offer her and Pierre a stable life in Louisville.
But there was also drama brewing between the couple offscreen. On July 30, Paul streamed a police visit to their marital home after Karine called the cops following a dispute between them in a since-deleted Instagram Live. Paul claimed the fight started after he looked over at his wife’s phone and saw she had been communicating with a Brazilian lawyer inquiring about “child support and divorce.” The couple continued to fight throughout the day, which led to the cops being called a second time.
After that, Karine left their marital home and filed a restraining order against her husband. Even though Paul claimed Karine had gone “missing” after she moved out of the house, she denied it in a statement on August 2.
“I want you all to know that me and Pierre are doing well now. All this past days [sic] I had a lot going on,” Karine wrote via Instagram Story. “As the media showed, I had issues where the police was called because I feared for my life and my son’s life which led me to ask for help and ultimately be rescued from an environment that no longer was healthy for none of us involved in the situation.”
She continued, “I’m getting the best help I could ever get and I’m really thankful for all the people involved in it. I also think all the people that worry about me for the support I have had. It have [sic] been a big part of my recovery. Relationships are hard and sometimes it just can’t be fixed anymore. I need this time to organize my thoughts, work on myself and care for my son after everything we have been through in the last year and a half.”
The couple was due in court on August 11 for a hearing regarding the restraining order. While neither Paul nor Karine have confirmed they’ve split for good, they’ve each been sharing cryptic posts hinting that their marriage may be over. Shortly after their court hearing, Paul shared a message via Instagram Story confirmed he “regrets” not “keeping [their] marital problems private.” Hinting at their estrangement, Paul added, “I never want to date or remarry to ever feel this pain again.”
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