“90 Day Fiance” Star Michael Jessen Calls Out TLC & Sharp Entertainment for Bad Editing; Reveals He & Juliana Custodio Are Adopting

“This is my fuming face!”

Michael Jessen is steaming mad at TLC and the production company behind 90 Day Fiance!

Micheal took his grievances to Instagram (where else?) on Sunday, taking aim at TLC and Sharp Entertianment over a recently aired scene featuring him and his partner Juliana Custodio that he called the “biggest bunch of manufactured bulls**t.” 

“Shame on you Sharp Entertainment and TLC,” he added to the caption.


The “manufactured” scene Michael was referring to showed him and Juliana meeting with a mediator prior to their wedding. At the beginning of the scene we learn from Michael that they are there to discuss a potential prenup. Michael explains that he wants to look out for the well-being of his two children from a previous marriage to his ex-wife Sarah and also prepare for the worst-case scenario in the event that he and Juliana eventually part ways. 

Michael explains to the mediator that he is self-employed “with a few different wine companies” and that he plans to keep everything in his name after he and Juliana are married. The mediator then switches her focus to Juliana who has listed her occupation as “model,” but has yet to disclose her income to Michael.  


After the episode aired, Michael attempted to explain his frustration on Instagram Live, calling his experience on the show “a very interesting journey.” 

“ … Tonight’s episode and really last week sort of planted the seeds and I think next week we’re going to see more of this stuff,” he continued. “It’s been a little difficult for us, to be quite honest. You know, look, it’s a reality TV show. We’re not paid actors. There’s certainly a lot of liberties that are taken in the filming of this and that’s all well and good and it’s fun and games but I gotta say, Sarah and Juliana and myself, we appreciate all the positivity and support because we are living real lives here.” 

Micheal then specifically addressed “the set up of the whole prenup,” which he said has “created quite a backlash” for Sarah, himself and Juliana. While Michael said he’s happy people are passionate about the show, he needed to clear up some misconceptions. 


“ … it’s something where I feel like I need to call a little bit of bulls**t because it’s not really who we are,” he said. “It’s not really reflective of our reality.”

Michael alluded to the fact that he felt the producers played up the prenup scene and exploited it for drama. 

“Prenuptial agreement, is it important? Is it something people should consider? Yeah, of course. For our situation, is it important? I guess. I don’t know. I won’t give any spoilers. You’ll see how this plays out next week,” he said.

Even though Michael said he was unable to elaborate further, he did admit there’s “a lot of second-guessing” regarding his decision to be on the show in the first place. 

“Was this the right decision for us to make? I don’t know. That remains to be seen, okay. We don’t know,” he said. “Here we are, we’re halfway through the season and we’re at an arc in the narrative that I’m sure the network and the production company is happy with. Unfortunately, it’s just, there’s a fine line. 

“ … This is still our real lives,” he continued. “But when there’s such distortions of concepts that are happening in our life and end up not only misrepresenting who we are but actually affecting our lives, that’s something that becomes upsetting.” 

Aside from the backlash from viewers, Michael went on to mention some hate he received from former “90 Day” star Paola Mayfield who was seen reacting to the prenup scene in a preview for an upcoming episode of 90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk. 

“ … she looks at us and says, ‘Oh he only thinks of himself,’” Michael explained. “That’s exactly why I get upset about this, Sarah gets upset, Juliana gets upset. It shows how the show distorts the reality of who we are. Anybody who knows who we really are, come on … .” 

“I guess not everyone can be as selfless as me, right Russ? Russ…? You may speak now.”

Michael then revealed that he and Juliana may be expanding their family very soon as they’ve “just initiated the process of adopting” Juliana’s niece and nephew from Brazil—another reason the 42-year-old may be concerned for any backlash that may come from the show. 

“They’re eight and six years old,” Michael said. “And they’re in [a] dire situation. The only way to give them a chance at a good life is to bring them to America. We’ve reached out to my lawyer, we’re bringing them over here. 

“So Paola Mayfield, I always think of myself. OK. Thank you,” he concluded. “But that’s how TLC and Sharp Entertainment want to shape it, isn’t it? But ultimately, we have to live lives after this is long over. We have to live with the consequences.” 

In response to the negativity the couple (well, mainly Michael) has received, Juliana shared a collection of photos on Instagram praising Michael for the sacrifices he made to be with her and attempting to take the blame for the prenup drama. 

” … the fact that I haven’t been smart with my own stuff have nothing to do with him, he doesn’t deserve all this hate, he is a prince,” she wrote. “I’m so happy that on the real life he is the most amazing human being I have ever met and has a beautiful soul.” 


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(Photos: TLC, Instagram, YouTube) 

18 Responses

  1. Paola should not talk she about her self and Conceded and self-centered and trampa should keep her comments to her self and And deal with her on marriage Problems

  2. Michael creeps me out. His X is part of this reality tv scam. When you get divorced your only connection should be minor kids. I smell a scam with this guy and his X. He allows her in the house to make staged opinions. Fake as…..

  3. I think Michael is getting a bad wrap from a lot of people. Why should he put anything in her name? So he should put her name on the house so he is responsible for the mortgage in full but she gets half the house?
    He didnt say her sign this & she gets $200 a month. He took her to a mediator to make sure it is fair.
    How is he being selfish?

  4. We’ve had reality TV for 20 years now. Everybody knows they edit things in a certain way. You don’t like it? Don’t be in the damn show and collect their checks! Period. So tired of this nobodies complaining about bad editing.

  5. Nothing wrong with online dating but like you said why bother looking for people outside your area….let alone country?

  6. Pao is the last person Michael should be letting effect him. She is such a self righteous jerk, and I honestly wish TLC would cut ties with her. She’s cringe worthy and unentertaining to watch. I honestly fast forward through her and Russ’ scenes.

    That being said, I have a feeling that Michael could potentially be financially abusive towards Juliana. This doesn’t have anything to do with editing. He knows that she’s only with him because of the lifestyle that he can provide for her, and if he keeps majority of his money he will be able to control her and have power over her. He likes her being dependent on him. Now I see why she bought that car…when she said that he had left her before and left her having with nothing, she was just making sure that if it happened again that she would have a back up plan.

    At the end of the day Juliana is still very young (only 8 years older than his own kids right?), and he just wants a hot young exotic girl on his arm that he can control. He’s using her for her looks, and she’s using him for his opportunities. I don’t think they’re bad people, I just think he’s in lust, and she’s in love with the things that he can do for her.

    1. She’s old enough to get out of the relationship if she doesn’t like being controlled by him financially. She actually LOVES that he financially supports her and her family. Juliana likes that Michael paid for a car for her sister (LOL), and that he can afford everything she wants. But she shouldn’t complain that she feels controlled. She can’t have her cake and eat it too.

  7. Before Michael knows it, he will have sponsored her whole family to come here. And he’ll be on the hook for all of them financially. Not sure why people go through so much trouble to look for and marry foreigners. My high school friend had a baby by a girl he met online from Canada. And now they are going through a huge and nasty custody fight. The kid is back in Canada and he has no idea if he’ll be able to see him frequently or not. It’s just not worth the headache to me.

  8. So it’s the editing that he’s a sugar daddy who married a prostitute? And the jealous ex wife whose every sentence screams “I wanna be in your place bitch, I’m just too old for it”? Yeah, sure, editing. And Paola, please just stfu. You’re a selfish, bossy famewhore.

    1. I don’t think the exwife is jealous tbh. She has remarried which they haven’t shown or discussed. A lot of divorced couples find a way to get along.
      However, he hooks up with a yachting girl half his age and he thinks he is a hero? He shows off his wealth to her and then decides should she get nothing. Some guys (not saying him specifically) look for young women like this because they can show them off, control them and toss them away when the next pretty thing comes along. I don’t really have faith in this relationship because I find he has an air of controlling.
      He is adopting her relatives so while that is great, why cannot he supply a nice life for them financially back in Brazil? He has the money and he can support the whole family if he wants rather than take them away for their parents. Is he bringing their parents too? Don’t they deserve a nice life?

  9. Editing or not, their story is cringeworthy. 40 yr old sugar daddy marrying a 20yr old prostitue (she was on that yacht for a reason) so Pretty Woman-ish. Eek. Yes, she’s in it for the money and green card, and yes he wants young exotic pussy. Omg and that jealous ex-wife… Her every scene just screams “I was here first bitch, I just got too old for him, but I still got him by the balls through our kids”. Ugh. So yeah, editing, sure.

  10. Also, I get a feeling that Juliana is veryyyyyyy happy that Michael is supporting her family back in Brazil, and now adopting her niece and nephew.

  11. Omg pao shut up. You are the most selfish person! Remember her loyalty to Juan , her friend that blatantly smack talked her husband?? Ridiculous. Also her comment about “I’ll be there to help Juliana and tell her ‘DONT SIGN THAT’” is BS. Michael is trying to protect his kids and his assets. Nothing wrong with that.

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