TLC’s international romance reality series 90 Day Fiance has been such a huge success that the network is expanding the franchise in two directions! In addition to launching their After the 90 Days follow-up spin-off with couples featured on previous seasons of the original show, the network is also turning back the clock for their Before the 90 Days spin-off in which they document potential international couples meeting in person for the first time.
The American halves of the couples will be traveling abroad to meet their significant others in hopes of kick-starting the K-1 visa process, for which the U.S. government recommends being in a relationship for at least five-weeks in addition to having met in person.
TLC announced the new spin-off late last year, and earlier today they shared some of the details on the couples being featured — including a preview clip of 42-year-old Darcey from Middletown, Connecticut and her hunky beau, 24-year-old Jesse from Amsterdam.
The main thing I learned from watching that clip is…I LOVE THIS SHOW ALREADY! LOL! Two other things that struck me are that Darcey is leaving her two daughters for six weeks?! And I am getting a SERIOUS catfish vibe here. Given the format of the show in which the people involved have never actually met, I am guessing we will have at least one catfish situation each season. At least.
Who knows, maybe we will actually get to meet this guy:
Hey Darcey — I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!
UPDATE – Definitely NOT a catfish! Click here to see photos of Darcey and Jesse together and read up on Darcey’s recent posts expressing regret over doing the show for fear of how she is going to be portrayed.
Before the 90 Days premieres Sunday, August 6th at 9/8c, after an all-new episode of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? at 8/7c.
Here is the scoop on the entire cast, including Darcey and Jesse. Looking at the information, I think most everyone will notice a common trait: a large age gap. The Americans are always older, with ages ranging from 13 to 27 years higher than that of their potential partner. No, 27 is not a typo…
Darcey (Middletown, Connecticut) and Jesse (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Darcey, 42, and Jesse, 24, met on a global dating app. Darcey instantly fell for Jesse who is a personal trainer and fitness model. After several months of calling and texting, the couple was already talking about taking their relationship to the next level. Darcey, a divorced mother of two pre-teen daughters, has decided to take a leap of faith and travel to Amsterdam to meet Jesse in person.
Paul (Louisville, Kentucky) and Karine (Tonantins, Brazil)
Paul, 34, and Karine, 21, met online via a dating app that focuses on Latinas. Though neither speak each other’s language, the two have been communicating through translated text messages. Paul plans to embark on his first international trip ever to Karine’s home village that is located on the Amazon river.
Sean (Springfield, Ohio) and Abby (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sean, 47, met Abby, 20 on a dating site and have since spent months texting, calling and video chatting every day. Now, Sean has decided to book a trip to meet Abby in person and bring an engagement ring with him, as he plans on proposing. However, despite their growing love, Sean worries that Abby’s continued friendship with an ex-boyfriend could threaten to derail their relationship.
Larry (Pinellas Park, Florida) and Jenny (Urdaneta City, Philippines)
Larry, 37, met Jenny, 24, on a dating site geared towards Filipino women. Larry had made plans to visit Jenny in the Philippines but he discovers something that throws into question her intentions. Larry wants to find the truth behind the shocking revelation and if Jenny is committed to the relationship for the right reasons.
UPDATE – Click here for photos of all the Before the 90 Days couples! Plus, get the scoop on Sean and Abby, who have the largest age gap of all the cast members!