90 Day Fiancé: Angela Deem on becoming a reality TV star at 54

  • 90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem and her much-younger fiancé, Michael Ilesanmi first appeared on the TLC reality show in 2018.
  • Angela and Michael have a 22 year age difference and often clash because of their cultural differences.
  • "But if you ever want a real reality person, that's me. That's who I am," says Angela.
  • Angela says that she never expected to become a reality TV star at 54 and doesn't regret sharing her journey to the altar on TV.


90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem and her much-younger fiancé, Michael Ilesanmi, have become one of the most popular couples to come from the reality TV series.

Fifty-two at the time, Angela first appeared on TLC's 90 Day Fiancé in 2018 and quickly became a fan favourite, having since shared her tumultuous journey to the altar with viewers on several seasons. 

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Angela, a grandmother of six from America, and Michael from Nigeria, who has never been married, have a two-decade age gap and have often clashed because of cultural differences.

Despite their differences, Angela and Michael always find their way back to each other and into our hearts!

Angela, who has been criticised for her boisterous personality and jealous behaviour, says: "At the end of the day, I really am like me. Like, what you see is what you get. And I know some things ain't good. Some things are great. But if you ever want a real reality person, that's me. That's who I am, you know? I'm just normal, and I have a temper at times, and then I'm the loveliness at times, and then I'm just, you know, unbearable. But that is who I am. I'm really in menopause."

Angela says that she never thought that she would become a reality star at 54, adding: "Who becomes a reality star at 52? You know, I'm 54 now. So I'm very grateful to him. If it ends tomorrow, I would never regret this opportunity, you know? And I never thought I'd be on a season two, three, and four. No. I just, you know, was on one. Had to do what I had to do, and didn't care if people liked or didn't like me. I didn't even know to ask for the-- of the stardom of it."

She says: "Me and Michael, we're not faking nothing, and we are real. We do have arguments, and it's just harder for us, for anybody in a long-distance relationship because we can't go across town and make up, you know?"

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Compiled by Graye Morkel