TLC’s documentary series, 90 Day Fiance, has indeed brought many people into the limelight since its inception in 2014. The show, which revolves around couples (a US citizen and a non-US citizen) who have applied for the K-1 visa and therefore has 90 days to marry themselves, saw Russian model Anfisa Arkhipchenko appear as part of its season 4 cast.
Arkhipchenko appeared on the show alongside her American partner, Jorge Nava. Although they eventually tied the knot and fans took them to be the real deal, what followed was a turbulent uncoupling, involving accusations and counter-accusations, as well as a prison term. What happened between them? Here are the facts you need to know about Anfisa and Jorge’s relationship.
Anfisa Arkhipchenko was Born & Raised in Russia
The information available on the public domain reveals that Anfisa Arkhipchenko was born on September 4, 1995. Some sources report that her birthplace is the Russian capital of Moscow, but we cannot tell for sure as this may be a mere presumption based on the fact that she is Russian. She spent her early years and part of her adulthood in her home country before moving to the United States to marry Jorge.
While her exact place of birth is not known, details about her family, as well as her educational background has also been a mystery. When it comes to what she does for a living, if rumors are anything to go by, then she was reportedly an exotic dancer back in her home country. This, however, could also be mere speculation as it hasn’t been confirmed by Anfisa. The much we know is that the diva is an internet sensation, and she has a habit of showing off her sexy body on social media.
Meeting Her Boo & Finding Fame on 90 Day Fiance
Anfisa Arkhipchenko first met her future husband, Nava Jorge, via Facebook. She was 20 at the time, while he was 27 years of age, and the young man was reportedly bowled over by her good looks. He kept on sending her messages, but she was reluctant to return his affections, most probably because he wasn’t so comely himself. Jorge, however, refused to be discouraged and Anfisa’s affections towards him eventually warmed up. They started dating, and he traveled out to meet her in Russia. From there, the couple embarked on an expensive vacation around Europe, and their romance grew stronger.
They later got engaged and Anfisa applied for and was granted her K-1 US visa. She subsequently sojourned to America, where she and her man joined the cast of TLC’s 90 Day Fiance season 4 in 2016. During the 90 days, the couple experienced several hiccups in their relationship. Jorge’s family accused Anfisa of only dating their son for financial gain, while she retorted that he was only interested in her as a result of her looks. The couple also squabbled over their apartment and wedding plans and eventually separated.
All these dramas were gleefully captured on camera, and it made Anfisa and Jorge one of the most popular couples on the show with their fans, including the likes of Chrissy Teigen and Mindy Kaling. The couple eventually got over their differences and wedded in a courthouse ceremony. The whole affair was small and simple, and Jorge promised his bride that he would get her a befitting wedding ring someday. He also assured her that they would hold a bigger ceremony, during which they would invite all of her family in Russia. Sadly, that promise remained unfulfilled until Jorge was busted for drug possession.
Jorge’s Prison Ordeal and the Couple’s Separation
Following their nuptials, Anfisa Arkhipchenko and her husband settled down to normal family life. They exited the cast of 90 Day Fiance and entered a new spin-off show titled 90 Days: Happily Ever After. There was, however, not much about the couple that was truly happily ever after. They still squabbled over several issues and also had to deal with the interference of family members. Despite all these, the couple remained together for nearly two years. Their marriage reached a point of no return after Jorge was arrested for drug possession in February 2018.
Jorge had been pulled over for a traffic violation when cops discovered 293 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. He was arrested, but subsequently reached a plea deal with the prosecutors. This saw him plead guilty to a lesser offense of class 4 felony of attempted transportation of marijuana for sale, in July 2018. Consequently, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and his incarceration began in September 2018. There are different accounts of what happened after Jorge was sentenced to prison. The young man maintains that he wanted to try and salvage his marriage, but his wife told him that it was over between them right away.
He also alleged that Anfisa insinuated that she wished he had gotten a heavier sentence just to get rid of him forever. Anfisa denies this but accepted that they were having issues before the sentence. She, however, maintained that she wanted to try and work on the union but had to give up as the sadness was just too much for her to bear. Whichever one is the true account, the fact remains that the couple is fed up with their union and will be pursuing a legal divorce now that Jorge is out of prison. The reality TV star spent 27 months in an Arizona state penitentiary and was released in May 2020. He would now serve out the rest of his sentence under community supervision.
Anfisa Arkhipchenko Has Since Moved on with Her Life
Following Jorge’s incarceration and their subsequent separation, Anfisa Arkhipchenko has forged on with her life and is not looking back one bit. The reality TV star is now a popular Instagram model, as well as YouTube personality. On Instagram, Anfisa has more than half a million followers, with whom she shares alluring photos of herself. Her posts have made her the toast of the online community. It has also scored her advertising deals with several brands. On YouTube, Anfisa is a well-known fitness model and bodybuilder. She now boasts of a lithe frame and has entered in several fitness and bikini competitions. She also generously shares dieting and fitness tips with her subscribers.
Away from the online world, Anfisa Arkhipchenko has plans to try her hands at acting. She is also furthering her education and will commence a program in pre-economics and accounting at the University of Santa Barbara in the fall of 2020. Finally, the reality TV star-cum-internet personality has also found love again and is now dating a fellow named Leo Assaf. Anfisa first shared Leo’s picture on her Instagram on March 18, 2020. She has since shared other loved-up pictures, and her new romance has attracted support from fans who believe that she deserves every happiness.
There are, however, detractors who think that she abandoned her husband at his low point. Jorge Nava certainly shares this mindset as he has stated that he only got to know of Anfisa Arkhipchenko’s new boo through the internet and was very hurt as a result. The young man is now moving on with his life as well. Jorge utilized his time in prison to shed an enormous 128 pounds, thus going from 318 to 190 pounds. He achieved his new look through regular cardio and internment fasting and intends to maintain it now he is out of jail.