These days, it's easy to send photos to anyone, anytime, anywhere on your phone. However, this convenience can sometimes change people's fates. This is the story of a couple who were in love, but a simple photo sent by the wife made the husband decide to divorce her immediately.
This tale is a lesson that people should be careful when sending photos to others. From the moment you hit the “send” button, you may have already created your own tragedy…
A Marriage That Was Going Well
Iris and Thomas had a great married life together. They'd gotten married two years ago, looking after each other and enjoying each other's company every day. “Where are we going to go on our next vacation?” was a common topic of conversation.
But it wasn't smooth sailing forever. The two were soon going to face insurmountable problems that they never would have foreseen. A single photograph would change their destiny.
The Beautiful Wife, Iris
This is actually the photo that Iris sent to her husband Thomas. As for the photo, at a glance, it looks like a regular selfie. From the picture, we can see that Iris is young and very beautiful.
But Thomas wasn't just mesmerized by her beauty when he saw the photo. There was more to it than that. This single photo infuriated Thomas and even led to his decision to divorce Iris.
They Were The Couple That Everyone Envied
Iris was a beautiful woman who was the envy of many, and Thomas was a handsome man. Their relationship appeared so perfect in the eyes of those around them that no one would have thought that there would be such a major obstacle there.
What most people wouldn't have suspected is that the main problem between them was the job that Thomas held. Of course, Thomas always cared about his wife, but that wasn't where Iris's frustration lay.
Thomas Traveled Around The World
Thomas had a very eventful life as a salesperson for an insurance company. Almost every week, he toured different parts of the world on business trips. Every day, he worked late at night and left home early every morning. Thomas’s working life did not change after his marriage.
Thomas had always been one of the best salespeople in the company, gaining new policyholders almost every day. But his success meant that they couldn't spend enough time together.
Thomas Was Also Ready To Change This Situation
Thomas himself had a problem with not being able to easily spend time with Iris. No matter how different their working hours were, Iris was there to support him as much as she could.
His business results were excellent, so of course, his pay was high and he accumulated a lot in savings since they got married. And just when he had saved a ton of money, Thomas made a decision to prove his love for Iris.
Would This Be A Turning Point For Thomas?
His life was busy with his job, but Thomas had enjoyed it. However, when he got married, he began to wonder if he could keep that way of life.
He was always apologizing because there were some days that he was only home while Iris was sleeping. They could only spend weekends together. They tried to have as much fun as possible, but he was too tired to do so at times.
He Made The Decision In Paris
Although they rarely argued at first, the more the days that Thomas was away on business, the more they bickered. Iris, who had tried not to complain for so long, was slowly reaching her limit.
On the day of the photo text, Thomas was in a hotel room in Paris, where he was on a business trip. Iris had just sent him a message of annoyance. That's when he made a final decision.
He Decided To Quit His Job
Thomas had continued to devote himself to his work since his marriage. However, now that there was someone important in his life, he began to think that he needed to focus on the future. Fortunately, he had built a sales record all these years, so he had enough money to get a loan and buy a house.
He was going to quit that job and find new employment where he could spend more time with Iris. He had a number of qualifications in addition to his many references, so he would have no problem finding his next job.
Passionate About Work
Thomas was considering quitting his job, finding a new regular job, and even buying his own house, an idea he liked very much. With this plan, he thought he could finally give Iris back all the loneliness he had caused her so far.
The day he decided to quit his job, Thomas wanted to tell her as soon as possible. But he waited until the following weekend to tell her because he wanted to surprise Iris. It was hard to keep the surprise to himself, but he managed to keep the secret.
The Ways In Which Couples Interact With Each Other
On weekdays, the only way to communicate with each other was by email, as they couldn't physically be together. They kept in close contact with each other on every topic, no matter how trivial.
Now, a weekend to spend with Iris was just around the corner. Thomas used his free time on that fateful Paris business trip exchanging emails and photos, picturing how happy Iris’s face would be when she got the news.
A Thursday Afternoon Changed Their Lives
It was now Thursday afternoon. The previous week had been a good time for both of them to take time off work, but Thomas was now in Paris on a business trip. The couple exchanged messages on WhatsApp, as usual.
They happily talked about their plans, like what they wanted to do for the weekend and how the workday was unfolding. It was business as usual while they awaited their weekend. Until she sent this photo...
Pay Attention To The Bed
Now let's take a moment to look at the photo Iris sent on Thursday afternoon. She had come home tired from work, changed in her bedroom, and sat quietly on the bed next to a guitar.
At first glance, it just looks like a snapshot from everyday life, but Thomas saw something strange. When Thomas saw the photo, he was so angry that he regretted his decision to quit his job.
Thomas Couldn't Believe His Eyes
At the end of that bed, there was a reflection of something that should never have been photographed. Maybe Iris wanted to share a photo of her at home, relaxing, with Thomas.
And Thomas had probably seen pictures like this before too, and didn't pay much attention. However, this time the photo was too glaring. And what was in that photo made Thomas change his mind and even decide to divorce his wife.
A Photo Can Change A Person's Mind
The moment he saw the photo, his feelings started to simmer. The memories of their good times together so far now seemed miserable. Normally, the brightly colored streets of Paris made him happy, but now he only saw run-down buildings.
Thomas had tears in his eyes. Their union, which had only been for just over two years, was about to completely fall apart.
What Is Wrong With The Photo?
So what's the reason this photo changed their lives? What was it that shocked Thomas so much that he decided to divorce his beautiful Iris on the spot?
Let's take a closer look at this photo. There are messy blankets and clothes on the bed-- signs of an ordinary room in an ordinary home. So what was so wrong with this seemingly innocent photo?
It Didn't Take Thomas Much Time To Figure Out What Was Going On
Just a few minutes ago, the couple had exchanged pleasant messages between them. In one fell swoop, the whole thing turned into a meaningless conversation. His face in the photo with the guitar no longer looked like the Iris Thomas knew.
The overly careless photo of Iris tormented Thomas and turned his own life upside down. All because of this detail overlooked by Idris.
The hand of a man was visible in the photo. In fact, his wife, Iris, had been living a double life with her longtime partner and Thomas.
Until now, Iris had tried to hide this cheating partner from Thomas so he wouldn't find out, of course, but she hadn't been careful enough this time around. It's also possible that he was destined to find out about it sooner or later.
He Decided To Divorce
Thomas couldn't forgive Iris, so he immediately decided to file for a divorce. The fact that he had been betrayed by his beloved for so long plunged him into a deep valley of grief.
Besides regretting all his time at work, various emotions filled his mind. He wondered what he had done wrong. After the divorce, Thomas really spent some time reflecting on himself. And what a turning point this turned out to be for him!
A Turning Point In Thomas' Life
A few months after the divorce, Thomas decided to go on a trip to think through everything. His mind had reached its limits with the changes that had taken place in his life over the past few months.
Thomas had not yet quit his job. So even though he was on vacation, he sometimes had to open his laptop to check his email. That night, Thomas had gone to a cafe with his laptop.
Of All The Cities He Could Have Traveled To...
The city that Thomas visited was not a place he had any special feelings for. Thomas wanted to be alone in a place he did not know, and one that was not filled with feelings and memories of Iris.
This city had a strange atmosphere that seemed somewhat run-down, but which was also somewhat nostalgic. Later, Thomas would be glad about selecting this location.
A Coffee That Would Change Everything
The cafe was full of people having fun, including a couple and a group of close friends. It was an easy-to-access cafe, so Thomas continued to check his emails throughout the day as usual.
Then, something suddenly caught his attention and he looked up from the screen he had been focusing on. And he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw what was going on. He could feel his heart beating faster and faster.
Time Had Passed, But The Past Was Not Forgotten
Thomas was still very close to a friend of his that he'd had since he was a child. They had such a great relationship, like best friends, almost like family. This childhood friend was known for always having a smile on her face.
She had encouraged him and always made him laugh. This friend and Thomas had precious memories together of the past, which could never be forgotten.
Her Name Was Angela
A young woman about his age walked into the cafe and he stopped what he was doing. The expression on the woman's face made him doubt his eyes, but it was not a misunderstanding or a mistake. How could he forget this face?
The woman was Angela, the childhood friend of Thomas who he knew very well. They grew up together and even became lovers when they were in high school.
The Streets Looked Different To Thomas
It was his first time in this town and, unlike the gloomy conditions of the day, he now looked outside and saw beautiful lights shining in the streets. The effect was gently pleasing.
He had felt lonely in the city, but before he knew it, that feeling was gone. He felt his heartbeat for the first time in a long time. Thomas rose from his seat in the cafe.
Facing The Past
Thomas and Angela became lovers in high school, but then Angela had to move abroad because of her parents’ jobs. After the physical distance between them, they did not keep in touch and went about their lives separately.
It was a miracle that they found themselves in the cafe they were now in. Thomas hadn't thought of Angela since he had married Iris, but when he saw her in front of him, he felt his memories burn deep inside him.
A Fateful Reunion
Thomas decided to follow his sincere emotions and wave at her, despite the fact that he had a lot of thoughts and feelings going through his mind. As Angela was by herself in the cafe at the time, it wasn't that hard to get her attention.
At the sound of his voice, Angela looked at Thomas, then immediately smiled. She clearly hadn't forgotten about Thomas. This was quite a reunion.
They Talked Together For Hours
Angela just wanted to stop by this cute cafe for a drink on the way home from work. She was a little tired from work and wanted a change of scenery. She certainly didn't expect her childhood friend, Thomas, to be there.
It had been a long time since they last saw each other, so they chatted non-stop. Angela had heard about the divorce from a friend and felt sorry for him. And she had also broken up with her boyfriend a few months earlier, which turned out to be the right time!
Angela Dreamed Of Being Reunited With Thomas
A few months after breaking up with her boyfriend, Angela enjoyed her independence, but when she was alone she began to reflect on her past relationships. Those were the moments she thought of Thomas, whom she had dated when she was a student.
They hadn't broken up because they didn't love each other, but because the physical distance had become a huge obstacle. Angela still hadn't managed to get Thomas out of her mind.
Angela and Thomas had a very pleasant evening, absorbed in their stories and smiling at each other as if they were bringing the past to life. For Thomas, these few hours seemed to make him forget all the bad experiences he had endured in the past few months.
Before they knew it, there was no one in the cafe and it was around 2 a.m., closing time. They both left the cafe with a sigh of relief. Then Angela said something unexpected to Thomas
The Start Of A New Life
As they left the cafe, Angela looked Thomas straight in the eye and asked him a question they would never have dreamed of just hours earlier.
She asked him, "Would you like to come home and have a drink with me?" Of course, Thomas answered without hesitation. Then they took each other's hands and returned to his home hand-in-hand. What happened during their new life together is a story for another time.
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Appearing on season six of the reality show, Steven Frend and Olga Koshimbetova met when the latter was vacationing in the United States. They hit it off, and after a few months of dating, they found out they were expecting.
Steven wound up traveling to Olga's native country of Russia for the birth of their son. Fans might recall last seeing the young family traveling back to the States to live after Steven lied about getting her a K1 visa.
Now: Steven Frend And Olga Koshimbetova
Apparently, that lie was the first in a long list of things that went wrong for the couple. Today, Steven Frend and Olga Koshimbetova aren't exactly what one would call a "happy couple." After trying to work out their differences, the couple opted to go their separate ways in 2020, after less than a year of marriage.
According to Steven’s Instagram Story, he and Olga have decided that they are better at being co-parents to their son.
Then: Nicole Nafziger And Azan Tefou
Nicole Nafziger and Azan Tefou first met through a dating application. It didn't take long for fans to realize the two were beyond different and not compatible. Throughout seasons four and five of 90 Day Fiancé, viewers watched as the two fought over everything from religious differences to public displays of affection and lifestyles.
Apparently, Azan wasn’t prepared for the eccentric American girl being all over him public. Either way, they couldn’t really come to an agreement.
Now: Nicole Nafziger And Azan Tefou
After moving from America to Azan's native Morrocco, it didn’t take long for the sparks to start sizzling out for Nicole. She called their marriage off not once, but twice! Moving back to America, fans were left reeling, wondering what was going to happen in the couple’s future.
Well, as it turns out, nothing spectacular. The Floridian is back in the States and has since deleted the "Engaged to H" part of her Instagram biography.
Then: Angela Deem And Micheal Ilesanmi
Introduced during the second season of 90 Day Fiancé, Angela Deem and Micheal Ilesanmi quickly became the series unofficial "will they won't they couple." Flying from Georgia to Nigeria to meet Micheal, it soon became clear to the audience that Angela and her long-distance beau were in for a whirlwind of drama.
Through the ups and downs, pointless arguments, and even visa issues, Angela and Michael fell head over heels in love with one another and got married.
Now: Angela Deem And Micheal Ilesanmi
After their time on 90 Day Fiancé, Angela Deem and Micheal Ilesanmi were asked to appear on numerous spin-off shows, including 90 Day Fiancé: Love Games. Apparently, the drama-prone couple is doing better than ever!
It's rumored that Angela is in talks for her own show, something fans believe will showcase her weight-loss journey. Even more exciting, the couple is thinking about welcoming a baby into their family via surrogate!
Then: Eric Rosenbrook And Leida Margaretha
Appearing on season six of the reality series, Eric Rosenbrook and Leida Margaretha met in a very unconventional way. Ledia answered an ad Eric posted on an international website (because that's not weird at all). Fast forward to their real-life meeting in America, and the two were engaged within two days.
No matter how strange the start may sound, their relationship is considered to be one of 90 Day Fiancé's biggest success stories.
Now: Eric Rosenbrook And Leida Margaretha
Well, their drama-free relationship is just what the doctor ordered for Eric Rosenbrook and Leida Margaretha. After a bit of drama with one of their daughters that resulted in a hefty four-year restraining order, the family has finally patched up their wounds.
Today, Eric and Ledia celebrate a big milestone in their relationship, purchasing their first family home. They are still very much in love and are having a wonderful time raising their son together.
Then: Paul Staehle And Karine Martins
After meeting online, it didn't take long for Paul Staehle to hop on a plane to Brazil to meet Karine Martins. Fans watched as their relationship turned into love, drama, love, and a bit more drama as the two finally wound up getting engaged and married.
But unlike a lot of their co-stars, their happily ever after didn’t exactly go as planned, with Karine upset about their move to Kentucky and more than one divorce threat.
Now: Paul Staehle And Karine Martins
Paul Staehle and Karine Martins didn't leave their reality TV days behind them when 90 Day Fiancé came to a wrap. Afterward, their love story was showcased on numerous spin-offs, including 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?.
Long story short, they’re not. With more than one issue between them, including bad finances, fighting, and Karine saying Paul’s a bad father and husband, the two are most likely on the path to yet another divorce threat. Maybe they’ll go through with it this time.
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Fans might remember Fernanda Flores and Jonathan Rivera's season six relationship as one of the most controversial. At an alleged 19-years-old, Fernanda left her native Mexico when Jonathan appeared before her with a ring, asking her to marry him and relocate to America.
All of this happened within three months! It took one night in a Mexican nightclub while the North Carolina native was visiting the country on vacation. By May 2018, they were married.
Now: Fernanda Flores And Jonathan Rivera
After saying "I do," Fernanda Flores soon realized her quick romance with Jonathan Rivera wasn't all it was chalked up to be. By January 2019, the two announced their separation. And by March 2020, they were legally divorced.
Now, Jonathan is looking forward to the next chapter of his life with his new fiance, Janelle Miller. Fernanda, on the other hand, is living it up in America, dating other reality stars, such as the Bachelorette's Clay Harbor, and becoming an Instagram influencer.
Then: Ashley Martson And Jay Smith
Fans might remember Ashley Martson and Jay Smith as the couple whose relationship moved pretty much at warp speed. Appearing on the sixth season of the reality series, Ashley and Jay met when the former was attending a wedding in Jamaica.
From there, it only took eight short days for Jay to propose. And, for some reason, Ashely thought that sounded like the most romantic idea and said yes. It didn't take long for fans to realize they were about to embark on a whirlwind of drama-related issues.
Now: Ashley Martson And Jay Smith
Today, Ashley Martson and Jay Smith are going through their not first, not second, but third divorce hearing. Apparently, only eight months into their marriage, Ashley caught her much younger husband on a dating application.
That didn't bode well. Between cheating accusations, scandals, and more than one messy social media post, it appears that Ashley and Jay are now both single and are looking forward to what their newly found freedom has in store. For Ashley, that’s co-owning Pout by D&A, a lipstick company.
Then: Kalani Faagata And Asuelu Pulaa
After pseudo-stalking Kalani Faagata around the resort he worked at in Samoa, Asuelu Pulaa finally got the courage to ask the California native on a date. It resulted in Kalani visiting the country a few more times, eventually resulting in the birth of their first son, Kennedy.
Fans then watched as the reality stars got engaged, married, and had more than one financial fight with Asuelu's mother, Lesina, and his sister, Tammy. While they were in love, neither of their families liked the union.
Now: Kalani Faagata And Asuelu Pulaa
After financial issues, Kalani Faagata and Asuelu Pulaa finally seem to have their money problems under control. After welcoming their second son into the family, both 90 Day Fiancé alums have seemed to find jobs they enjoy.
Kalani has found work as a dancer for a Polynesian entertainment company while Asuelu utilizes his dance skills elsewhere. Using the social media platform TikTok, Asuelu shows off his native Samoan dance skills to upload entertaining videos.
Then: Tania Maduro And Syngin Colchester
Tania Maduro met South African Syngin Colchester while she was waiting on another date! The two hit it off, resulting in Tania extending her trip an entire two months! Eventually, fans might remember Tania asking Syngin to become her "90 Day Fiancé."
He accepted, moving to America on a K1 visa. But it wasn't smooth sailing for the couple. Syngin was wildly homesick, and Tania ghosted more than one of his phone calls.
Now: Tania Maduro And Syngin Colchester
Eventually, the two were able to work through their problems, getting married with tattoos as their rings. Now, Syngin is working as a waiter and going through the process to get his green card.
Tania is helping him with the process while taking care of their "green babies" and vegetable garden. The two are also in the works to appear on a 90 Day spin-off series, 90 Day Diaries. The new series is going to do a deep-dive into their lives.
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Like many couples on 90 Day Fiancé, Brett Otto first met Daya De Arce online when he signed up for an international dating website. When he met the Filipino beauty in real life, it didn't take much for the Washington native to fall for her.
But fans might remember it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Brett’s family, specifically his mother, disapproved of their relationship. She even went as far as calling Daya a gold digger (harsh, future mother-in-law).
Now: Brett Otto And Daya De Arce
Unlike many of the reality show's alumni, Brett Otto and Daya De Arce have kept very much to themselves after their stint on TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé. That being said, they have posted many pictures on social media, showing off their adorable baby girl, Isabella, who they had two years after saying, "I do."
Now, Brett is focusing on his blog, The K1 Experience – Our Family, Our Life, Our Journey, while Daya is a stay-at-home mom.
Then: Russ And Paola Mayfield
One of the original 90 Day Fiancé couples, Russ and Paola appeared on the first season of the reality show. Meeting in Colombia while Russ was there for a business trip, it didn't take long for him to pop the question, obtain a K1 visa, and bring Paola to his home state of Oklahoma.
Fans might not remember, but when they first got there, Paola was living with Russ’ parents! Eventually, they got married and she moved out.
Now: Russ And Paola Mayfield
After their stint on TLC, Russ and Paola Mayfield decided it was time for a change of scenery. They left Oklahoma and moved to the sunny coast of Miami, Florida, in hopes of pursuing a modeling and personal training career.
Currently, she owns her own training company, Super Pao Fitness, and is a popular Instagram influencer. Aside from making strides in her professional life, Paola and Russ welcomed their first child, a son named Axel, into the family back in 2019!
Then: David and Annie Toborowsky
David Toborowsky met Annie while vacationing in Thailand, falling for her at a karaoke bar when she sang "Like an Angel." Ten days later and he popped the question. Annie didn't hesitate, saying yes.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy for the new couple. David was financially unstable after his previous divorce. Fans were quick to call Annie a “sugar baby” since her family was making David pay a hefty sum for her hand.
Now: David And Annie Toborowsky
Fast forward a few years, and David's been able to pay Annie’s family around $25,000. Aside from the weird payment, though, the married couple is doing very well living in the United States.
While David found work teaching online and working for a national marketing company, Annie’s started her own Thai cooking and catering business. They also have a YouTube channel called Spice It Up With David and Annie, where they teach people how to prepare authentic Thai dishes.
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90 Day Fiancé fans probably remember the season seven couple Kyle and Noon. They wound up being favorites, after all! Meeting online while researching a trip to Thailand, Kyle and Noon met in real life after he traveled to the country.
The two quickly got engaged, allowing Noon to live in New Orleans with Kyle on a 90-day K1 visa. Unlike a lot of other couples on the show, Kyle and Noon had a very healthy relationship!
Now: Kyle And Noon Huck
Years after their time on the TLC show, Kyle and Noon are still happily married. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Noon works at an upscale cat hotel, promoting the company and their various partnerships via social media.
As for Kyle, he's constantly thinking about the high rent prices of Portland since the happy couple is rumored to be thinking about expanding their family and having a child! For right now, they’re happy with their pet cat.