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At the age of seven years, Angelina Jordan was the grand prize winner of the reality television talent competition series “Norway’s Got Talent,” and captured the hearts of international viewers as her performance videos went viral online in 2014. Her fans tripled when she was invited to compete again in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” in Hollywood in 2019. While she didn’t take home the top prize, it helped her singing career to flourish even more, though slightly derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The hiatus was a blessing in disguise, as it gave her time to blossom into a beautiful young teen, and at the same time rested her voice, which grew to an even more mature and deeper soulful vibe. She has since then performed on several prestigious stages locally and internationally, mesmerizing the audience with her amazing talent.

Get to know the musical phenomenon, Angelina Jordan

The child prodigy was a term often used to describe her, as she’d been enthralling everyone who heard her sing. Her understanding of music even as a child had given her an edge that could be heard while belting out difficult jazz songs. She was an enigma who continuously attracted many people since she began performing publicly at a very young age.

Her life at home

Angelina Jordan Astar was born on 10 January 2006, in the City of Tigers called Oslo, Norway. Her mother, Sara Astar, raised her and her younger sister with her adoptive Swedish father, Gerry Christian Slattman, in between Norway and the Middle East. The artist in her blood could have been inherited from her mother’s side of the family, since her grandmother was a known Iranian painter and poet named Mery Zamani.

Many couldn’t believe it when Angelina would tell everyone that she started singing at the age of 18 months. Her mother heard her singing a Whitney Houston song entitled “I Will Always Love You” in the bedroom, while she was cooking in the kitchen. Later on, she was exposed to other music genres, including jazz songs, and taught herself to sing them through the help of watching videos on YouTube.

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Her music influences

Her choice of songs belied her young age simply because it was quite rare, even unheard of for young kids to enjoy jazz and old classics – when asked about her favorite singers, she would mention Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. She also jokingly said that most of the songs she enjoyed singing were from people who were already dead, including Frank Sinatra. It was her grandmother who exposed her to international jazz singers, and one of her favorite pastimes was to go to a local music store to listen to her favorite idols. She would also play the piano there, while singing timeless pieces. People around her recognized that she was uniquely different from the other kids, and while they wanted her to live a regular life, having a voice like that, they knew that she was destined for something special.

Her family supported her artistic passion and creativity

Angelina’s family recognised that she had an immense love of music, and they supported it by sending her to school to expand her knowledge about it. She was enrolled into the Oslo Waldorf School, and made sure that she joined the Oslo School of Music and Performing Arts after-school program. As a result, she not only received vocal lessons, but also became adept at playing four musical instruments – the guitar, flute, piano and violin. She also inherited her grandmother’s artistic skills, as she also painted as a hobby, and loved to write in her journal.

“Norway’s Got Talent” Journey

The amazing depth and breadth Angelina displayed in the reality TV series, “Norway’s Got Talent,” shocked everyone the moment she delivered her first line on stage.

Her audition performance

In 2014, no one in the audience or the panel of judges expected a spot-on cover rendition of Billie Holiday’s hit song, “Gloomy Sunday.” Angelina gave a powerful performance, wearing a cute white dress and barefooted. Judge Omer commented, ‘I think you are an old soul that has lived many lives.’ All the judges agreed that they were seeing something extremely fantastic, and had goosebumps while watching her performance. Even the audience felt that it was something else, and showed their appreciation by giving her a standing ovation. What made all of them pleasantly surprised was that the voice came from a seven-year-old girl.

The audition performance was short, but the waiting period was quite long, and at her age, she could have easily given up if not for her family who accompanied her there. When she was interviewed backstage, she was quite adamant that she loved singing, and that she dreamed of becoming a superstar someday. She said that she would be quite happy if the judges all said yes to her; her wish was granted, so she moved on to the next round.

From the Judges Cut up to the Finals round

Angelina Jordan consistently gave every performance as if it was her last, but did it smoothly. Whether she sang acapella or with music in the Judges’ Cut round, the “Norway’s Got Talent” judges couldn’t help but approve, and send her to the next round. During the semi-final round, she sang Nancy Sinatra’s song, “Bang Bang,” and her voice impressed everyone with the maturity and depth it showed, especially since she was accompanied solely by a guitarist in that performance. Everyone expected that she would end up in the final round.

For her final performance, she chose the classic song, “Summertime,” which was initially an aria written by George Gershwin for the opera “Porgy and Bess.”  However, the version Angelina performed was Billy Holiday’s jazz version, released in 1936 and which hit the US music charts at No. 12. It turned out to be the right choice of song, as she sang it brilliantly. Everyone seemed to think so too, and so she was declared the grand winner of the competition with 46% of the votes. TV ratings went through the roof, and was the end of the beginning of her road to stardom.

Her path to the world stage

After winning the top prize in “Norway’s Got Talent,” Angelina’s video performance of “Gloomy Sunday” trended on YouTube, giving her much-needed worldwide exposure. She’s done many things since then to help her in achieving her ultimate goal, including releasing three albums – her eponymous album with six cover songs such as “I Put a Spell on You,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “Our Day Will Come”, and many digital singles including “Back to Black” and “What is Life.”

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Her vocal prowess led to her being invited to several prestigious events, including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 entitled “Save the Children’s Peace Prize Celebration.” Even Avicii, the successful Swedish DJ and producer, invited her to perform the vocals on his Volvo marketing campaign, shown globally in 2016, with the song “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. She made guest appearances in popular TV shows such as “The View” in the same year, and brought the house down with the Frank Sinatra classic, “Fly Me to the Moon.” The following year, she appeared in the UK version of “Little Big Shots” in which she sang her single “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Her charming personality and beautiful features also landed her a small role in the Netflix crime comedy-drama series “Lilyhammer.”

In between these activities, Angelina never forgot why she performed barefoot on stage. She published an illustrated book with her grandmother as the artist entitled “Between Two Hearts”, about a homeless girl she met when she was around six. She was outside with her mom and her grandmother walking in the street and saw a girl sitting on the ground begging for money. She talked to the girl for quite a while and learned her story. Before they parted ways, she gave her shoes to the girl as there were scars on the girl’s feet because she was barefooted. The girl initially refused her gift and said that Angelina need not do that, but she insisted.  From then on, Angelina made a vow to perform on stage without shoes on, until every single kid in the world had them too.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions”

When a rare talent comes out on national television, expect many written articles published online about it from prominent music, news and entertainment sites, including Billboard, Time, CNN, and People. The production executives of “AGT” really knew how to stir things up, when they invited her back again to compete in The Champions edition.

Angelina Jordan’s golden-buzzer performance

On the premiere night of “AGT: The Champions” in January 2020, Angelina made her presence felt with a bang in front of American viewers, with her rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, six years after she won the Norwegian version of the talent competition series. She made some changes to the song that made it truly hers – instead of a rock vibe, she turned it into a swinging ballad, and everyone reacted pretty much the same as during her audition round in Oslo. After just the first line, the venue was filled with white lights from the cellphones of people in the audience, a spectacular sight to behold while listening to her voice.

During the backstage interview, Angelina revealed that ever since she was a little girl, she’d wanted to sing for Simon Cowell, and really wanted to impress him. She knew that being on the “AGT” stage was her biggest opportunity in life, and hoped that she would win it.

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Her vocal pipes and style belied her young age, which mesmerized everyone watching her. The judges had special words for her – Howie Mendel said that this stage would change her life forever; Alexia Dixon commented that she felt that she witnessed a star being born; her favorite judge, Simon, told her, ‘Everything about tonight felt that it came from you, the arrangement of the song, the simplicity of it.’ He further said that he’d never heard that song in that version before, and was such an amazing performance. However, it was Heidi Klum who gave her the biggest compliment that night as she pressed the Golden Buzzer, which sent her straight to the final round. Even Queen, the band who originally sang the song, twitted about it with clapping emojis and tagged Angelina too.

Final Round with a hypnotic “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” performance

All the judges agreed that it was something rare and were truly stupefied that Angelina, at 13, could deliver such a powerful and evocative performance with the old Elton John song “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” She made the song relevant and contemporary, as if it wasn’t released back in 1973. Simon truly nailed it when he said that she made “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” finals way better, as she took a risk by doing something entirely different than most contestants in a talent competition would do. It was a performance that he said he wouldn’t forget for a long, long time. Howie made an important note that while it was quite hypnotic and knew that she was a superstar in the making, it was the AGT “superfans” who would vote the grand winner for the season. It was going to be tough, because these “superfans’ representing the 50 states could only choose one.

Failed to advance to the Top 5 Grand Finalists

America voted, and Angelina wasn’t included in the Top 5. Nevertheless, she made a splash, and her “AGT: The Champions” video performances uploaded onto YouTube and Facebook generated billions of views. That alone already made her a superstar, and would inspire her to continue perfecting her craft.

Life after “AGT: The Champions”

With a vocal talent like her, failing to win a nationally televised talent competition didn’t stop her from reaching her dreams. She was seen everywhere after the show was aired, and released more music.

Recorded many cover songs over the years

Angelina continued on to record many cover songs, most being uploaded onto various social media platforms. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic when almost everywhere was under lockdown, she continued recording at home, and while being home-schooled.

Performed for former President Barack Obama

When she started singing, she and her family probably never imagined that there would come a time when she would perform in front of one of the most powerful men in the free world. In 2019, she was invited to perform at the Brilliant Minds convention held in Stockholm, Sweden with keynote speaker former US President Barack Obama, along with former us Secretary of State John Kerry, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and the 2015 world’s youngest billionaire Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. She was overwhelmed, but had a photo taken with the popular statesmen.

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Signed up with a recording label

In August 2020, Angelina’s manager and uncle found her an American recording label. and signed a contract with Republic Records owned by Universal Music Group. She shared the same music production house with many successful artists, including superstars Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Drake, and Stevie Wonder. Apparently, after her videos went viral, several recording labels approached her family wanting to sign her up, but her parents felt that she needed to develop her talent more before tying up with any of them. Angelina said she waited for her time to shine – ‘I believe at that moment Republic saw my vision and understood me.’ Republic Records CEO and founder, Monte Lipman, wanted to sign her up immediately after listening to a song she recorded.

Writing the song, “Million Miles,” was magical

Under the new label, she released her debut single called “Million Miles” in November 2020, which she co-wrote with Grammy Award-winning Norwegian duo, Stargate. Angelina was quite emotional when she recorded that song, and was crying in the booth. She said, ‘To be honest, it was like a feeling of relief that all my feelings were written down and I felt relieved.’ She had been writing many songs, and it was all about her experiences. She also shared that with her debut single, she initially planned to write it differently than it turned out to be, as she felt that someone was guiding her the whole time in the studio. She wished that people who would listen to it could somehow relate to the story behind the song.

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The 2023 FIFA Anthem performance

The young singer just turned 17 years old, and was grateful to be invited by the Moroccan-Swedish record producer Red One in February 2023 to perform together the song, “We Are the Best,” in Paris, France; it was the 2022 Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA anthem. The fans loved it because she put her color into it, which upgraded the song and made it more relevant. Everyone was also surprised to see how beautifully she had grown from an adorable seven-year-old girl to a musical goddess in a white sexy gown.

During the 20th Annual Asian American Awards where Angelina performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “I Have Nothing,” she told a reporter during the red carpet event that she was preparing for a new album that she hoped would come out this 2023. She said that she put her heart and soul into the songs that she wrote for the album and wished that all of them would be included in it. We can hardly wait!

As the Managing Editor at The Legit, I direct a dynamic team dedicated to creating rich content that profiles the lives and accomplishments of influential figures. My commitment to detail and storytelling drives the production of biographies that truly engage our audience. I manage all aspects of the editorial process, from conducting thorough research to crafting vivid narratives, all while ensuring the accuracy and quality of our work. At The Legit, our goal is to offer our readers comprehensive profiles that provide deep insights into the realms of business, entertainment, and more. Through diligent research and engaging storytelling, we highlight the exceptional journeys and achievements of those who both inspire and intrigue us.

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The Saddest Stories Ever Featured in Paternity Court

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About “Paternity Court”

“Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”, which ran from 2013 to 2020, was a non-traditional court show starring Lauren Lake, a respected family lawyer and legal analyst. The series was a 79th & York Entertainment and Orion Television production, and received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 20019. Unfortunately, MGM was forced to discard all courtroom programs due to financial struggles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in ownership of the network.

With court programming being the second highest-rated genre on daytime television as of 2012, the inception of “Paternity Court” was also helped by the success of “Maury”. Nevertheless, there was a marked difference between the two shows, as “Maury” was more focused on drama and shenanigans, whereas “Paternity Court” worked towards using the test results as a way for the participants in the show to build healthy and long-lasting relationships. Ultimately, the goal of the program was to reinvigorate the court show genre by reaching the widest possible audience.

The format of each episode sees Lauren Lake speak to the show’s litigants and decide cases based on the results of DNA tests. Probate disputes over wills were also an integral part of the show; in early 2013, the show’s creator, David Armour, shared more of what happened on set – “We don’t take any of this lightly. There is a responsible side to the show where we help families get on the right path,” he shared. “We want to dig into these stories much deeper than any other court show does. We’re dealing with resolutions about how families can move forward now that they have results.”

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Before and after the results, Lauren would take time to speak with her litigants. Most episodes of “Paternity Court” only focused on one case, unlike other present-day court shows which focus on two. However, it’s unclear just how involved MGM or the production team were with each family when filming wrapped up.

The doomed court series spawned two sister shows: “Personal Injury Court”, which was hosted by Gino Brogdon, and “Couples Court with the Cutlers”, which was hosted by Keith and Dana Cutler and used testing and evidence to prove – or disprove – infidelity. Sadly, all three shows were cancelled after ending production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saddest Moments

“Paternity Court” regaled its viewers with truly heart-breaking moments over the years, such as the episode in which Donna Andrews asked for a paternity test to prove that the man who had raised her was her biological father. Donna, who had gone out to dine with some friends in Atlanta one fateful evening, was shocked when a man approached her out of the blue and showed her a tattoo of her name on his leg. Obviously, this caused her to doubt everything about her childhood and the man she believed to be her biological father.

William Glenn, who claimed to be Donna’s biological father, said that he’d kept it a secret for thirty years because Donna had been raised in a loving household and he didn’t want to turn her life upside-down. Roger Andrews, the man who raised Donna, was deceased, as well as Donna’s biological mother. The plot thickens, as it turns out that Donna was aware of William’s existence due to him being the father of one of her younger sisters.

Although Roger and Donna didn’t actually live together, perhaps due to him being separated from Donna’s mother, he did everything a supportive father does, and was even present during Donna’s high school graduation ceremony. When Roger passed away on the due date of Donna’s second child, she was understandably traumatized; when she was approached by William at the restaurant that fateful night, she was still mourning Roger’s death, but made it clear that she wasn’t looking for a replacement by taking the case to “Paternity Court”.

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Telling his side of the story, William shared that he and Donna’s mother began dating in 1976 and that Donna was born when William “left” for eight months. When William asked Donna’s mother about her pregnancy, she didn’t give him any clear answers or indicate that he could be the biological father.

Before the restaurant incident, other odd things happened to Donna that made her doubt Roger being her real father. While on a plane, she was somehow seated next to someone who claimed to know who her biological father was. When this person gave Donna a description, she was confused because it didn’t match Roger at all. Then, a few months after Roger died, one of Donna’s cousins confessed that she wasn’t really his daughter.

“You waited until my mother passed away. We don’t have nobody’s word but your word now,” Donna reproached William. When the DNA results revealed that William was indeed Donna’s biological father, she was blown away, and broke down in tears. Donna, who had brought a framed picture of Roger with her to the courtroom, also showed William the photo and doubled down on her stance: she considered Roger her father, not him.

The next case we’ll be discussing is equally depressing. Siblings Hector Hunt and Precious Raysor decided to sue their parents for a paternity test after a huge argument in which it was revealed that the man that they believed to be their father, Richard Jacobs, wasn’t after all. Despite being the only father figure in the siblings’ life, Richard allegedly revealed that the siblings weren’t his biological children while arguing with his wife. However, Richard claimed that he only said that in the heat of the moment, due to a hurtful comment his wife, Daisy Hammonds, had made.

“This is the only man I’ve known for all my life,” an emotional Precious berated her mother. “He’s been there for my kindergarten graduation, my sixth-grade graduation, how many men do you know sit in the delivery room with their daughter while they’re having a baby?” When Precious’s mother confessed that she didn’t really know who their father was, Precious exploded, as she had planned on Richard walking her down the aisle at her wedding, which would take place a few months after the episode.

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As it happens, for years there had been rumors in the neighborhood of a man named Tommy Farmer being Precious and Hector’s biological father. When Tommy was shown on the screen for a videocall, Precious was so incredulous that she walked out of the courtroom. Daisy confessed to having had a sexual relationship with Tommy around the time of her pregnancy with Precious, and refused to look her children in the eye, which made her appear guilty.

When it was revealed that Richard wasn’t Precious or Hector’s biological father, he and the siblings broke down in court. Tearful hugs were shared between the three and Daisy also appeared visibly devastated. The episode ended on an even worse note, when Daisy shared that she wasn’t Hector’s biological mother, but rather a woman that had died shortly after childbirth was.

For the first 33 years of her life, Jazmine St. James was a daddy’s girl and was even walked down the aisle by the man she believed to be her father, Kenneth Esaw. However, six months before appearing in the show, Kenneth revealed during an argument that she wasn’t his biological daughter. Stunned, Jazmine and her brother opened a paternity case to get the answers they needed.

Kenneth always believed that he wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father but never found the right moment to tell her the truth. Apparently, he agreed to take a paternity test so that the truth could set him free, as the secret had been haunting him for over three decades. The argument between Jazmine and Kenneth started when Jazmine confronted her father as to why he wasn’t more present in his grandchildren’s lives.

After discovering the truth, Jazmine began suffering from depression and anxiety. “I feel like I’m going to die of heartbreak,” she confessed tearfully, sharing that she hadn’t been eating or sleeping since Kenneth dropped the bombshell.

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Kenneth then shared that, shortly after getting into a relationship with Jazmine’s mother, they learned she was pregnant. However, when they went to the doctor, they realized that he couldn’t be the father because she was too far along. Kenneth’s mother was also present in the courtroom and corroborated his version of events.

When the DNA results proved that Kenneth wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father, he looked somewhat relieved, whereas she looked completely heartbroken. Even so, she thanked Kenneth for raising her as his daughter.

We can all agree that, although “Paternity Court” was never picked up by another network following its cancellation, Lauren Lake and the production team did a great job at sharing these people’s stories, and helping some families find the closure they needed to move on in their lives.

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Michael Ilesanmi’s Toxic Relationship With Angela Deem

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Viewers of the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise are more than familiar with Michael Ilesanmi, who has been in a turbulent relationship with wife Angela Deem since 2018. Michael became a fan favorite in the second season of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” due to Angela being such a controversial character in the show; the blonde, who is in her late 50s, doesn’t let Michael work or have social media accounts and has made it clear on many occasions that she doesn’t trust him.

With that said, Michael hasn’t done much to build that trust either. Things were going well at the beginning of the relationship, when the couple connected on social media in 2018 – so well, in fact, that Angela soon flew out to Michael’s home country of Nigeria to visit him. The glaring age gap and cultural differences between the two soon became evident. At the time, Angela was 52 years old and already had grandchildren, whereas Michael was two decades younger.

Angela’s daughter and friends began voicing their concerns, and when the interracial couple began having disagreements in Nigeria, she wondered if her younger boyfriend was secretly embarrassed to be seen with her. At the beginning of the relationship, Michael also admitted that he had cheated on Angela by engaging in sexual acts with a local woman. Since then, the tenuous trust between the couple was broken.

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Angela’s first trip to Nigeria ended with Michael handing her an engagement ring wrapped in an American flag. Almost as soon as she returned to the US, the TV personality accused her Nigerian lover of draining her bank account, and proceeded to scream at him over the phone, which many viewers considered verbal abuse. Angela had given Michael her debit card for him to make a $300 withdrawal, but somehow he took out three times as much – allegedly by mistake.

In the third season of “Before the 90 Days”, the duo was reunited and waiting for him to obtain his K-1 visa. After yet another onscreen argument, Michael tried to apologize to Angela for cheating on her by giving her a cake… Which Angela promptly threw at his face. The relationship became even more chaotic when the couple discovered that there were little to no chances of Angela getting pregnant; when she asked her daughter, Skyla, to act as a surrogate, Skyla was outraged and refused.

Unfortunately for Michael, his visa was denied, which Angela discovered when she returned to the US during the seventh season of “90 Day Fiancé”. Even so, the couple tried to put aside their cultural differences and work on their trust issues, before celebrating their grandiose Nigerian wedding in season five of “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?”.

Days after the nuptials, which took place at the beginning of 2020, Angela had to unexpectedly return home due to the death of her ailing mother. The newlyweds were put to the test yet again when coronavirus-related travel restrictions were implemented before Angela could fly back to Nigeria, with both parties struggling to keep the flame alive.

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While Angela waited for Michael’s spousal visa to come through, she put her baby search on the backburner and began dieting and exercising instead. However, her husband was vehemently against the idea of Angela slimming down or having a breast reduction. When Angela flirted with the doctor responsible for her weight loss surgery, Michael – who, by now, had become a minor celebrity thanks to his affable personality and hilarious on-screen moments – felt hurt and insecure. All this helped Angela become the villain of the relationship, despite Michael having cheated on her.

While healing from her surgeries, Angela tried to remotely track Michael’s activity and location via his phone, after he’d stopped communicating with her. This led to another explosive row that left the couple on the verge of a split; nevertheless, they gave things another go at the request of Tracey, Angela’s psychic.

In an attempt to win Michael back, Angela went under the knife for new breast implants, as her chest was his favorite feature of hers. During the season six Tell-All episode of “Happily Ever After?”, Angela began arguing with Michael’s aunt, Lydia, when the latter judged her for undergoing weight loss surgery instead of trying for a baby. Angela was so incandescent with rage that she flashed her breasts at the cameras; she also argued with Michael for taking his aunt’s side during the heated verbal argument.

The on-screen spat spiraled out of control and ended with Angela announcing that she would be acting single and flaunting her new, slimmer body until Michael could come to the US. During her “90 Day Fiancé” spin-off, the American met up with a former love interest, and was also seen destroying Michael’s car during a visit to Nigeria, which caused him to break up from her.

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As things between Angela and Michael are so volatile, we just don’t know if the couple have broken up for good, or are planning to get back together. However, we can tell you more about Angela’s former flame, a handsome Canadian named Billy Sotiropoulos who also happens to be one of her close friends. Angela flew over to Canada to support Billy at his fundraising event, and was warmly welcomed when she touched down in Toronto.

Not everyone was pleased with Angela visiting Billy, with many followers of the couple reminding her that she would go crazy if Michael did the same. Anyone who keeps up with Angela and Michael’s exhausting marriage knows that the blonde has forbidden him from having female friends; meanwhile, she has no intentions of toning down her controversial online content, such as her provocative dancing videos.

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In any case, it appears that Michael is now in the States after finally getting his green card. There have been rumors of Michael planning to leave Angela to be with his anonymous 30-year-old American girlfriend, with whom he allegedly cheated on his wife. These rumors have led to people thinking that Michael was only playing a waiting game with Angela, until he could obtain American citizenship. Nevertheless, only time will tell if the warring couple make things work or go their separate ways for good.

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Jacob Roloff: The Rebel Roloff Who Left Reality TV Behind

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About Jacob Roloff

As one of Matt and Amy Roloff’s four children, Jacob Roloff made something of a name for himself in the reality TV world, thanks to the family’s series, “Little People, Big World”. Since the show’s 2006 premiere, the Roloff clan have become household names, and fans were surprised to see Jacob walk away from it all.

Jacob was raised alongside his siblings Zach, Jeremy and Molly in the Oregon-based Roloff Farms, which Matt and Amy purchased in happier times at the beginning of their marriage. The farm, which originally boasted 36 acres and many luxurious features which Matt implemented throughout the years, held many happy memories for the second-generation Roloffs. Sadly, it would later become a sore point when Matt boldly decided to put part of it on the market, after being encouraged to do so by his new girlfriend.

Nevertheless, Jacob stopped living with his family many years before Matt tried to sell part of the property – many fans of the show wondered why the elusive Roloff had suddenly stepped away from the limelight. Although the show mainly focuses on Matt, Amy and Zach, as the only three members of the Roloff family who are little people, it appears that Jacob has never been interested in the entertainment industry, and prefers to keep a low profile.

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The truth behind Jacob’s decision was revealed in late 2020, when the former reality TV personality shared his sexual abuse testimony on social media. Just 23 years old at the time, Jacob had walked away from the show a year prior, much to viewers’ dismay. His thousands of Instagram followers were horrified to read about the alleged abuse Jacob suffered at the hands of Chris Cardamone, who worked on the show from 2007 to 2010.

“It is often much easier to think about things than it is to talk about them. As a child, after what I realize now was a long grooming process, I was molested by an executive field producer of ‘Little People, Big World’, Chris Cardamone,” Jacob wrote. At the time of sharing his harrowing story, Jacob was bombarded by news outlets who wanted him to give a tell-all interview, but he turned down all such requests.

Nevertheless, Jacob’s Instagram post resulted in an immediate backlash against Chris, especially when the youngest Roloff shared that the executive field producer had been in touch with him in late 2015. PEOPLE magazine and other publications all tried and failed to extract a statement from Chris, but even more questions were raised when journalists began digging into his murky past.

Two months after Jacob shared his side of the story, The Sun explosively revealed that Chris had been arrested in October 2008 for child sex crimes. A Public Information Officer working at the Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office confirmed that Chris had been arrested and booked into jail, for the heinous offence of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.

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Ultimately, Chris was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, and one count of cruelty to child with possible injury or death. Sadly perhaps, he accepted a plea deal in December 2010 and served just 73 days in jail and four years of supervised probation. Some of the conditions of his probation included submitting to chemical testing, completing substance abuse counseling, and submitting to a property/person search.

Obviously, Jacob’s parents and siblings showed their support in the aftermath of the scandal, but for some netizens, that just wasn’t good enough. Viewers of “Little People, Big World” demanded to know why TLC and the production company allowed Chris to keep working on the show after being arrested for sex crimes, whereas others suspect that Matt and Amy knew what was going on but looked the other way so that their show wouldn’t get cancelled. However, Jacob has made clear that he doesn’t blame any of his family members for what he suffered.

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These days, Jacob has over 360,000 Instagram followers and is focusing on being the best father possible to his son, Mateo. Jacob is also a fur parent to his beloved pet dog Luna, and frequently shares snaps of his tight-knit family unit on social media. Sadly, some of Jacob’s followers have been turned off by his parenting decisions, such as teaching Mateo sign language, but not showing his face on social media.

Nevertheless, Jacob’s day-one supporters aren’t going anywhere. “Am so so so stoked you broke away from the ‘image’ and shadow of your family and reality tv BS dynamics… you are one cool, intelligent, INTROSPECTIVE and insightful dude. THANK YOU”, one Instagram user commented under a recent post.

It’s true that Jacob can express himself more freely now that he’s not under any contractual obligations. Since leaving the show, he’s started working on his own greenhouse and growing marijuana – which is legal in the state of Oregon – sharing every step of the process with his fans.

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As for Jacob’s siblings, Zach is the only one who remains on “Little People, Big World”. It makes sense, as the other Roloff siblings didn’t inherit dwarfism, and the show focuses on how little people such as Zach and his parents cope with everyday tasks and struggles.

Zach has been married since 2015 and has three children, all of whom were born with dwarfism. His wife, Tori, is a former kindergarten teacher and keen amateur photographer of average height. Unfortunately, Zach and Tori have been lambasted for choosing to keep having children despite Zach’s condition.

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, has his hands full between parenthood, marriage, and the number of projects he and his wife Audrey have on their plates at any given time. The handsome reality TV star, who studied at Brooks Institute of Photography and has a Bachelor of Arts degree, has two children named Ember Jean and Bode James.

Audrey and Jeremy are trying to make names for themselves in the creative industry, and have done so with a number of ambitious ventures such as co-authored books, their own podcast, and several small businesses.

Meanwhile Molly Roloff, Matt and Amy’s only daughter, is even more reclusive than her brother Jacob. Molly walked away from the show years ago for unspecified reasons, but is believed to be on good terms with the rest of the family. Jacob and Molly have openly supported each other throughout the years, especially in the wake of Jacob’s confession regarding the sexual abuse he suffered.

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