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What is Emanne Beasha (“America’s Got Talent”) doing now? What happened to her?

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Ten-year-old Emanne Beasha won the hearts of thousands as she sang “Nessun Dorma,” one of opera’s most popular tenor arias, during her audition in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for its Season 14 run in 2019. She might have placed ninth in the finale, but the classically-trained singer, who was “Arabs Got Talent” fifth season winner when she was eight, never failed to amaze her audience, song after song. Those who followed her journey in the Got Talent franchise wondered what became of her.

Meet Emanne Beasha

Emanne Beasha was born on 18 September 2008, in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, to an American mother, Megan Beasha, and a Jordanian father of Circassian descent, Yanal Beasha. Her dad owned the ice cream factory Primo Gelato, the leading manufacturer and supplier of premium quality Italian ice cream across the United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Bahrain. Her mother home-schooled all three children Yahia, Emanne and Adam. It was only when the eldest, Yahia, reached high school age that he attended a regular school, and the youngest went as well. Megan revealed that this decision was just so that she could focus more on Emanne. as she admitted to struggling to balance everything, especially since her daughter was forging a career at an early age.

Homeschooling worked well for Emanne as she traveled around the globe for her commitments as she could keep up with her studies. She tried to practice during weekdays for at least three hours a day, depending on how she felt or what her goals were. After big performances, she would go on a break so as not to stress her voice; her mom was her first vocal coach.

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Before having a manager, it was her parents who arranged everything for her. Her dad managed her social media accounts – she wasn’t allowed access to any of them, for her protection against haters; she didn’t even watch her performances. Megan explained that Yanal wouldn’t let himself be bothered by what was being said by haters online. More importantly, he didn’t let it affect how they handled Emanne’s career path.

At home, the siblings have a normal relationship despite Emanne being in the spotlight. Megan said that as a parent, she was fortunate that there was no jealousy or competitiveness between her kids.

How it all began

The family moved to North Port, Florida, USA. Her parents said that they didn’t set out to let Emanne join competitions to showcase her talent; it just happened naturally, as one opportunity led to another. Emanne could sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at age two, but her first time singing in front of a crowd was when she was five, during a talent show at a gathering for homeschoolers. She sang Adele’s “Rolling in The Deep” and that was when they realized that she liked singing.

After that, she got to sing more on stage in Sarasota, Florida. Her mom’s uncle was playing in a band, and during breaks, he would let Emanne have the mic and she would belt out songs she liked, a capella. It was something Megan encouraged, to build up her daughter’s confidence in life. She knew that in being home-schooled, there weren’t a lot of opportunities for Emanne to be in front of people to speak or sing, so she wanted her to have that experience as much as possible. At age six in January 2015, she performed “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra for Kidzania Dubai Superstars but didn’t pass the audition. Emanne was seven when she sang the national anthem to an audience of 10,000 during a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game in Port Charlotte in March 2016.

Some people were concerned about parents ‘obsessing’ over the career of their child at a young age, but Megan had said that their main goal was to let Emanne perform on stage, as this was what she enjoyed doing the most, without any pressure.

How she got into opera

Emanne’s mom loved listening to the opera, so it was something Emanne would often hear at home. One day, Megan requested that her daughter sing for her birthday – Emanne learned the chorus first, and her mom felt that she was really good at it, so she proceeded to learn the whole song, jokingly saying that she learned opera from YouTube. Her greatest musical influence would be Maria Callas, a world-renowned opera singer hailed as ‘La Divina’ (‘The Divine One’). She found her voice to be amazing and just really fell in love with her. When Emanne first started to sing in Italian, she only understood the meaning of the song and some of the words; she had since been learning the language.

“Arabs Got Talent”

Eight-year-old Emanne became a source of pride for Jordan and the Arab World, as she became not just the youngest but also the first-ever Jordanian to win the fifth season of “Arabs Got Talent.” Perhaps this wasn’t a surprise at all, as she wowed the crowd during her audition with her rendition of the soprano aria “O Mio Babbino Caro,” by Giacomo Puccini, and they gave her a standing ovation. The judges were impressed as well – Judge Najwa Karam, a Lebanese multi-platinum singer-songwriter, was teary-eyed as she watched young Emanne on stage and said, ‘There’s a purity in her performance.’ Judge Ahmad Hilmi, an Egyptian actor and movie producer, gave her the “Golden Buzzer,” advancing her to the semi-final round. She sang “Con te partirò” by Andrea Bocelli during the finale, and took home prize money of $53,327 or 200,000 Saudi riyals, as well as an all-inclusive trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Emanne with the Royals

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan congratulated her via Twitter, and Emanne along with her family had an audience with King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. She received the Medal of Merit (Gold) from His Majesty on Jordan Independence Day Celebration in 2017, held at the Raghadan Palace in Amman, and sang at the Hope Gala by King Hussein Cancer Foundation upon the invitation of Princess Ghida Talal. In 2018, she performed “The Prayer” during a ceremony in which His Majesty was awarded the Templeton Prize at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

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“Little Big Shots”

The American audience first heard of Emanne through “Little Big Shots.” It seemed that someone from the variety show saw her on “Arabs Got Talent” and reached out to her family. Next thing she knew, she was being interviewed by the host, Steve Harvey, and then performing “O Mio Babbino Caro.” She was nine then. Steve shared with the audience how her grandmother believed that Emanne was going to be a singer, because she was a loud baby. Emanne said that singing the opera made her feel the best ever. ‘When the music starts and the first moment I open my mouth, it makes me feel like I’m in the song.’

Emanne Beashe journey in “America’s Got Talent”

During her on-air audition, she gave a moving rendition of “Nessun Dorma” (Let no one sleep), the final act in Puccini’s “Turandot,” popularized by Luciano Pavarotti outside of the opera – all judges voted “Yes.” Julianne Hough couldn’t fathom how such a voice could come out of that little body, and was completely mesmerized by her. Simon Cowell said that she was absolutely fantastic. Gabrielle Union said that she’s a star.

Guest judge Jay Leno gave her the Golden Buzzer

During the Judges Cuts in which seven out of 18 acts would move on to the quarterfinals, Emanne sang Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso” with Jay Leno serving as a guest judge. He was certainly blown away by her performance, saying that he felt like he witnessed something special, and gave her the Golden Buzzer. Judge Howie Mandel told her that her confidence shone through and that made all the difference. Simon said that her voice wasn’t something one had trained to get; hers was ‘genuinely a gift.’

Emanne said that it was a magical moment for her, and that she had to ask herself if she was dreaming. She couldn’t contain her happiness as she twirled and jumped for joy with arms outstretched. When Emanne got off stage, they gave her a box, and she grabbed some of the gold confetti and shoved it inside as a souvenir.

Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds

Emanne’s quarter-final performance of “Ebben? Ne andro lontana” from the opera “La Wally” garnered her enough votes to advance to the semi-finals. Singing the Italian version of Bryan Adam’s “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” was her happiest performance. She remembered smiling and feeling good about it. She learned about the song five days before she had to perform it, so it was a week of practicing, because it was the first time she’d heard it. Their biggest worry was that she would forget the words, but she pulled it off. She might have received fewer online votes than stand-up comic Ryan Niemiller, but she still advanced to the finals, as three out of four judges voted for her in Judges Choice.

Emanne placed ninth in the finals

Before her performance in the finals, she said, ‘Tonight is the biggest performance of my life. My dreams are so close to coming true, and I’m gonna give it everything I got.’ She sang her all-time favorite song, “La mamma morta,” a soprano aria from the opera Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano. As always, the judges along with the audience gave her a standing ovation. Simon said that he’d never heard the song before but it didn’t matter, as she had an incredible voice.

For her second performance, she was accompanied by Lang Lang, a classical pianist, as she sang “Con te partirò.” It was revealed in an interview later on that Emanne met him on the day she was about to perform, and only found out about the song she was supposed to sing rather late as well. The song was familiar as it was something she performed when she was seven for her mom’s birthday, but it had a new arrangement done by Lang Lang. During her final act, she was a little bit sick so she didn’t really remember much of what happened. Emanne was again accompanied by Lang Lang as she sang Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” for the finale.

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She placed ninth when the results were announced. Interestingly, her mom revealed that everyone backstage knew that Kody Lee, the blind autistic singer, would win the finals because he was a phenomenal artist and person.

All throughout her “America’s Got Talent” stint, Emanne was like the show’s cheerleader. Her mom recalled that out of all the participants in the competition, Emanne was the most comfortable, as she would go around telling those who were tense and anxious that they did great during rehearsals. She only felt a bit nervous just a minute before she went on stage, as she would suddenly ask what was her first line or first word. After every performance, she had to have her vanilla frosting, as some sort of reward.

What happened to Emanne Beashe?

Aside from singing, she indulges other interests such as learning how to surf, play tennis, and ride horses. She watches Korean dramas on Netflix, and enjoys listening to BTS, as she’s a big fan of the Korean idol group. That said, her participation in “America’s Got Talent” opened a lot of opportunities for her, as more people became aware of how gifted she was, singing opera at a young age.

Release an EP and singles

Emanne announced in October 2019 that she’d joined the roster of talents at United Talent Agency and was excited to begin working. She signed with Decca Records US, home to Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang, and Idina Menzel. Just in time for the holidays in 2019, she released a cover of Christmas songs in “A Christmas Wish” EP, available on streaming platforms. In the latter part of 2021, she released two singles online, “Parla Piu Piano” and “IL Dolce Suono,”

First U.S. tour with Maestro André Rieu

André Rieu, dubbed the “Maestro of the Masses,” invited Emanne to join him and the Johann Strauss Orchestra for nine shows in their US tour in March 2020; she said that she was humbled and honored to perform with them. The first time Andre heard Emanne sing brought tears to his eyes, because he found her voice to be so beautiful. He said that she was an exceptional talent and believed that she would move the hearts of his audience in the same way that she moved his. The concerts kicked off at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, and Emanne said that it was an absolutely amazing experience for her. Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck, and the rest of the tour dates were canceled.

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Global Child Prodigy Awardee in 2020

The Global Child Prodigy Awards is the first and perhaps the only initiative for a unified platform to recognize children with exemplary talent, in 30 different categories from over 45 countries. Emanne was one of the children who made it onto the list in 2020 for her outstanding achievement and contribution to singing.

First youth ambassador of Feed the Children

It was announced in July 2020 that Emanne had become the first-ever youth ambassador of the anti-hunger organization called Feed the Children. When she found out about this organization, she knew she had to help them, saying, ‘Kids shouldn’t have to go to bed hungry. I believe that if I can share the story of hunger others will want to help kids get what they need to grow healthy and strong.’

Proud of her Circassian heritage

Emanne was of Circassian descent on her father’s side – Circassian or Cherkassian came from the Caucasus Mountains. After 100 years of defending their homeland from the Russian invaders, more than 90% were killed or forced into exile. The atrocities done to their nation were regarded as the worst genocide in modern history.

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In July 2018, Emanne performed “The Great Circassian Exodus” during the Jerash Festival in Amman, along with dancers from the International Circassian Cultural Academy. She also joined the North Soul Troupe, a band that was keeping their homeland’s tradition and music alive, in a project to commemorate the Circassian Genocide that occurred on 21 May 1864. In 2021, she sang “Istambelaqwa,” which brought to life their story, and was accompanied by the band.

There is not much recent news about her. On her YouTube channel, the last video was uploaded in July 2020; she sang a cover of Madison Beer’s “Reckless.” Her last Instagram and Facebook posts were in January 2021, as she posted a photo of her performance at the Martin Luther King Commemorative Service in Atlanta.

There were videos and photos of her recent activities uploaded on perhaps a fan’s YouTube channel. It seemed that she was busy with school, and active in sports, playing tennis and soccer, and running in a cross-country race. She didn’t abandon her first love, however, as she continued singing. Emanne was a special guest of the Charlotte County Concert Band in a concert called “Passport to the World” on 21 April 2023. She also joined the North Port Band in a concert entitled “Pop Goes the Band” on the 23rd, in which she had solo performances and a duet with Isaac James, a tenor and classical pianist. Certainly, her talent is unlikely to be lost!

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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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