90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star Nicole Sherbiny has tried making life in Egypt work with Mahmoud El Sherbiny, before —  however, after two months of struggling with cultural norms, she decided to return to the United States. While she gave it another shot while on the spinoff, where is Nicole now — in Egypt or America? Keep scrolling to find out if Nicole is still in Egypt or back in America.  

How Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Nicole and Mahmoud Meet?

Nicole traveled to Egypt after seeing an advertisement on a spiritual singles website for a “soul journey.” On her last day of the “magical” trip, the Idaho native walked into a fabric store and was immediately smitten upon meeting Mahmoud

“I was shopping and there was this super cute boy, with these big brown eyes and these big sexy muscles. He said, ‘You should stay in Egypt and be my wife,’” the fashion designer explained before laughing off his question during their February 2023 debut. “He asked me if I really would marry him, so I said, ‘Yes, of course, yeah.’” 

90 Day Fiance Where Does Nicole Live Egypt or America
Courtesy of Mahmoud El Sherbiny/Instagram

After returning to the United States, Nicole hopped on a plane just seven days later to return to Egypt to marry Mahmoud. 

Why Did 90 Day Fiance’s Nicole Leave Egypt?

After tying the knot, within a week, Nicole realized how different it was to live in Egypt and would decide two months later that she wanted to return to the United States. 

“I don’t drive. I don’t speak the language, I was just really struggling with cultural shock,” the 90 Day Fiancé alum explained in another scene. “We were married for about 11 months when I told Mahmoud that I wanted a divorce.” 

Did 90 Day Fiance’s Nicole Move to Egypt?

Despite asking her husband for a legal split, Nicole decided she missed him and wanted to return to Egypt to get back together.

Nicole’s trip returning to Egypt was documented during season 4 of the spinoff. The pair shared a warm reunion at the airport until they began to argue after Mahmoud told his wife that her shirt was too small. 

The drama continued during the February 26 episode, which saw the pair disagree over living with Mahmoud’s family.

Nicole suggested that they find an apartment for just the two of them, though Mahmoud insisted he wanted to live with his family. “You just need [to] live here,” he said, noting that the living arrangement would help her “see what life [is really] like here.”

After finding a friendship at a women’s only meditation class, her new acquaintance, Nouran, told her about the “two sides of Cairo.”

“There’s the super, like, the open-minded areas and there is the conservative areas,” the meditation instructor explained. “Most of my friends are not covered, we go to bars, we can drink, we can dance, we can have the exactly the same life of an American in Egypt and still be a Muslim. [sic]” 

The pair also connected over their shared experience of dating Egyptian men. “Egyptian men, they like a girl, they date her and then they change her to fit with how he was raised up,” Nouran continued. “But he never accepts her the way she is, you know. This is extremely common.”

Nicole thought Nouran talking to Mahmoud would be a good idea, however, the two immediately squared off when they met up for dinner. 

“Usually, you start off, you don’t really know each other, there’s a little bit of, like, ‘Oh hi, how are you?’ But there was like, none of that,” Nicole explained as she witnessed the interaction. “It was just a battle. It’s really interesting. And a little scary.”

During a private confessional, Mahmoud called Nouran “the worst girl” he met in his life. “Because like, if you’re Muslim, you have to take all rules, and I hate it people like, takes, the part you like and lose what you hate [sic],” he told producers. “You do or not still, but you have to believe it and these rules is true. [sic]”

In a teaser clip for the upcoming tell-all special shared by Entertainment Tonight, Nicole further spoke about her difficult adjustment to life in Egypt.

She admitted it feels “bad” when Mahmoud tells her what to wear. However, she said that they will raise their future child to be Muslim but they can eventually choose their religion when they’re old enough.

Where Does 90 Day Fiance’s Nicole Live, Egypt or America?

As her struggles with cultural shock played out on screen, Nicole was seemingly living in Egypt with her husband. After Mahmoud posted a selfie via Instagram alongside Nicole on March 4, 2023, a fan asked in the comment section which part of Egypt they lived in. “We live in Giza,” Nicole wrote.

On March 15, 2023, she further confirmed that she was still living abroad while sharing a photo of pelicans at the Giza Zoo via Instagram.

However, the pair revealed that they moved to the United States together in a teaser clip for season 8 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? in February 2024. Fans watched Nicole pick Mahmoud up from the airport in the clip, where she admitted she was “really anxious” about their new living situation. She added that the move was their “last chance to save [their] marriage.”

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