90 Day Fiance couple Russ Mayfield and Paola Mayfield tell all in TLC special Russ and Paola: Our Continuing Journey. The two and a half hour special caught fans up on their lives since we last saw them. During the breakdown of the past couple of years, Russ struggles with unemployment and jealousy issues. While Pao breaks into the modeling world, but a miscarriage shakes her entire world. This is all in preparation for their appearance on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After.
90 Day Fiance: Fiery Latina in Conservative Oklahoma
After meeting and falling in love in Columbia, Russ Mayfield brought his now-wife Paola back to his small Oklahoma hometown. It was immediately obvious on 90 Day Fiance that Pao did not fit in the conservative country lifestyle. Instead of dressing like the locals, Pao preferred to be “flashy” and show a little skin, which was hard for Russ’ family to get used too.
Eventually, they just had to embrace the way Paola dressed because she was not about to change. But her love for alcohol was another thing entirely. You can take the girl out of Colombia, but you can’t take Colombia out of the girl!
— Paola Mayfield (@pao8705) March 22, 2019
Russ Mayfield Loses His Job
His job as an engineer on an oil rig is how Russ Mayfield met Paola in Colombia. Because of his job, he had to travel wherever he was assigned. And assignments could last anywhere from a week to months. Which is what happened when he was stationed in South America.
Not only was his work the cause of them meeting, but it also nearly tore Russ and Paola apart. During the preparation for their 90 Day Fiance wedding, Russ could not promise Pao that he could get time off for the event. This caused major strife for Pao, who started questioning everything. But in the end, the Oklahoma boy was able to be there on their special day.
Then, Russ Mayfield lost his job, which meant that they lost their only means of income. He was laid off from his company and left unemployed. Yet, Paola had a solution that he was not a huge fan of.
90 Day Fiance: Paola Dives Into the Modeling Industry
After expressing an interest in modeling during 90 Day Fiance, Paola got a job for a local commercial. Then, it just snowballed from there. She told Russ she wanted to move to Miami because she was getting offers for modeling gigs. And although he was wary of the type of modeling she would be doing, her husband agreed that she should go for a couple of months.
Several months turned into a permanent living situation. Still, without a job, Russ Mayfield decided to pack up everything and move to be with her. Them living together in Miami just made things harder because of the lingerie and nude modeling that Pao was doing. Russ did not like it, but she was not going to stop living her dream.
Pao’s Best Friend Drive Wedge Between Her and Russ
But Miami was not getting any easier for two of the first 90 Day Fiance couples. Russ Mayfield had mostly gotten over the whole revealing modeling thing, or at least better at hiding his dislike. Now, he had to deal with Pao’s best friend Juan who was not supportive of their marriage.
In fact, Juan blatantly told the spouses that he was supportive of Paola, but would never approve of their relationship. This obviously upset Pao and she felt as though she had to choose between her husband and best friend. Then, a confrontation at a bar ended with her going home with Russ, yet being incredibly angry with him. Their relationship was left on a cliffhanger for 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After.
90 Day Fiance: Paola Suffers a Miscarriage
When she traveled back to Colombia to visit her dying grandmother, Paola told her family that she had a miscarriage. According to her, the doctors told her that she would always have a difficult time having children because of a blood condition.
She and Russ were so excited to start their family, but the ordeal really shook them up. Of course, now they have a beautiful baby boy named Axel, who we will hopefully see more of when 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After premieres April 28. Russ and Paola: Our Journey Continues is also available to stream on TLC Go.
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