They’ve crossed borders to meet their lovers face to face for the first time, and if there’s one thing we love about 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, it’s the scintillating drama that comes with getting to know someone well enough to marry them all in three months. Having a relationship on social media is fairly easy compared to actually living in the same house with your significant other, and the couples soon learn how to navigate cultural differences and simple personality clashes. The show follows Americans and their international love interests before they apply for the K1 visa, a visa issued to the fiancé of a US citizen and requires the couple to get married within 90 days or leave the US.

Meet the couples

A first for the show – same-sex couple Stephanie and Erika have quite the story to tell. Stephanie, a 29-year-old New Yorker and social media influencer had been dating Erika, an Australian photographer for three months until they decided to apply for the K1 visa. One of them, though, has been keeping the relationship and her sexual orientation a secret from her family. My oh my … the plot thickens.

Ed and Rosemarie believe that their 31-year age difference will add to the spark and make their relationship more valuable. He’s 54 and she’s 23 and he insisted she come to California all the way from the Philippines, hoping that love the second time around will last forever.

And if you thought that age gap was quite big, David and Lana don’t care what anyone says about their 33-year age gap. Lana, from Ukraine, is 27 and 60-year-old David from Las Vegas admits that he’s always been attracted to Slavic beauties. David’s efforts to meet Lana in Ukraine have ended in him being ghosted three times, and this time he hopes he’ll get to see her. It gets better, he’s spent more than $100 000 (more than R1 500 000) on her. Lana for president!

Fans of 90 Day Fiancé know Darcey and this season we’ll meet the new beau in her life, her very own James Bond. Darcey and Tom are hoping to write their own American-British love story and we are hoping that Darcey will cry less this time around.

From Russia with love – that’s the motto for Varya, a 30-year-old Russian lady who met Geoffrey from Tennessee on an international dating site. The two bonded over their love for adventure, and here’s a toast to their love, with Russian vodka of course, or a glass of fine Tennessee bourbon.

Avery and Ash connected on Instagram for nine months before the single mother of two decided to go to Australia to meet Ash in person. They’ve already broken up several times but the two believe in their love and that it will last. We’ll see how they fare before the 90 days.

Usman ‘SojaBoy’ and Lisa are also hoping that Usman’s disapproving mother will accept Lisa who’s just a mere 18 years older than him. Lisa, 52, has already lashed out at Usman’s fans (he’s a famous musician in Nigeria) and she’s flown to Nigeria to marry a man she’s never met before.

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days S4 starts on Thursday 5 March on TLC (135) at 22:55

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