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How 90 Day Fiance Showed Mike And Natalie's Marriage May Have Been Doomed From The Start

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Warning! The following contains spoilers for the 90 Day Fiancé Season 8 episode "Second Guessing." Read at your own risk!

90 Day Fiancé couple Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva recently made headlines when it was reported their marriage was ending after less than a year, an outcome that probably isn't surprising to those currently watching Season 8. In the latest episode, Natalie and Mike wrestled with the decision of whether or not to get married with only a couple of days left to go before Natalie's visa expired, and everything that transpired basically indicated the couple's plans for marriage were doomed from the start.

Going as far back as the Season 8 trailer, 90 Day Fiancé started teasing that something big would happen with the couple's story, but fans only learned recently why Natalie left Mike's house crying and calling him a monster. With only two days to go before the wedding, Mike told Natalie that he had cold feet and couldn't go through with the ceremony. With that news on her plate, Natalie went to a hotel intending on staying there until flying back out of the U.S., only she was forced to return "home" when Mike's card couldn't be used at the hotel without him present. Talking about adding insult to injury.

With all that time to spare, Natalie Mordovtseva and Mike Youngquist laid all their cards on the table, with Mike telling Natalie he didn't feel comfortable getting married at the moment, while Natalie stated she wouldn't agree to stay in the country illegally to wait for him. The couple spoke to an attorney to see what other options they had, but they were legally up against a wall. Either the two needed to wed in a couple of days, or Natalie would need to return to Ukraine.

At least, that's how it was presented in the 90 Day Fiancé episode. While it is true that Natalie would have be in America unlawfully had she remained longer than 90 days, various online resources maintain that K1 visa holders can still apply for a green card after marriage, and are still in okay legal standing provided immigration officers don't track them down first. This may be why Mike believed it was possible for Natalie to stay around for more time, though Natalie made it clear she wouldn't go down that road.

With Mike unsure about marriage and Natalie's unwillingness to remain in the country illegally, the two choices remained the same. Records have shown that the two were married back in April of 2020, and given that Natalie was in America right as COVID lockdowns began, it appears as if the two did get married, and that Natalie didn't leave the country permanently after all. But given the level of uncertainty both of them felt about marriage in the latest 90 Day Fiancé episode, it certainly feels like a dicey call.

Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and it's not like Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva haven't had trouble in the past. Plus, many 90 Day couples serve as examples that a separation today doesn't always mean a marriage is done. Couples in way worse situations than Mike and Natalie have pulled through, so even if things look rough on television and in the headlines, it's possible they may yet reconcile before all is said and done.

90 Day Fiancé airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. As the season draws to a close, let's hope the tell-all clears the air about any and all questions about Mike and Natalie, and also possibly why Zied loves horses so much.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.