The 90 day Fiancé couple Jenny Slatten and her Indian lover, Sumit, blew up ghosts all over the country during their season of the show. Well, mostly Sumit did. Slatten fell in love with Sumit after meeting him on Facebook, catching her as Michael Jones and claiming to be a male model.
In spite of Sumit’s lies, the two built up a real bond, and have been closely connected ever since. But that wasn’t the only lie Sumit told Slatten. In fact, his next lie was so shocking that even TLC claims to be captured off-guard.
Sumit’s secret marriage
Jenny Slatten moved to India to stay with Sumit while they worked out their marriage, hoping eventually to earn her a visa to stay as long as she wants. Unfortunately for Slatten, Sumit hid a secret that would prevent any chance of marriage – he was already married.
Sumit’s family didn’t seem to know about Jenny Slatten, and he knew they wouldn’t approve, so he moved Slatten to a new apartment where he would stay with her. However, he often came home to reassure his family that everything was normal.
Shortly after returning from such a trip, Sumit received a phone call that upset him. He told Slatten that he had to lock the doors and then stepped outside. He came back with a man who said to Slatten, “Hello, Jenny. How are you? I’m Sumit’s wife’s father.”
The producers and cameramen weren’t there when the subsequent altercation took place. Slatten later said it was like a nightmare, adding, “Why did he marry someone if he loved me? He told me that he loved me every day for all those years. How did he marry someone else? How is it possible to do that?”
Sumit’s wife’s family, as well as his own, showed up and cornered him. They then took him out of the apartment and kept him at home for a few days.
Jenny Slatten defends Sumit
After discovering Sumit’s lie, Jenny Slatten prepared to leave for India. Her visa was almost up, and it was clear that the marriage was not on the horizon. During a video chat, she told her daughter Christina, “That’s why he kept all this a secret from his parents. His parents put him in an arranged marriage… He doesn’t want to be married to her. He never wanted to be married to her.”
Sumit later said to the producers, “In other countries, it’s about couples. They love each other, they marry. It’s not the arranged marriage. If they’re not happy and feel the marriage isn’t going well, they can get divorced and get divorced… I just want a divorce.”
Slatten said to the viewers, “Please, everyone knows it’s not his fault. He’s a good guy.”
TLC claims it was all unscripted
Senior VP of production and development at TLC, Alan Orstein, claims the crew was shocked when they learned about Sumit’s lie and the subsequent altercation.
Orstein told E! News, “I’ll say for us, and maybe because it’s still fresh in our minds, but when we found out Sumit was married, it really caught us off guard. And I vividly remember where I was in the office when I heard about it and talked about it on the phone with our production partners, Sharp. It was definitely a moment.
Orstein added: “So we quickly mixed up a crew and got them there because we thought it was a very relevant and important part of the story to tell, provided everyone was still OK to take part and tell that story. And that was probably one of the most shocking moments, at least in the recent memory of the franchise”.
The director regretted that he could not have cameras at the crime scene, when everything was compromised. He told E! News, “That’s probably one of our biggest regrets, something like that. But it’s possible that things would have turned out differently if there were cameras. I think what was on the crew’s heels was very convincing. It happens on a lot of shows, not just 90 days. When we’re on the heels of something, we do our best to tell the story in a convincing way, so that the viewers can still understand what happened and what they might have missed”.