Are 90 Day Fiancé alums Mark Shoemaker and Nikki Shoemaker (née Mediano) still together? Showcasing one of the largest age gaps to ever be featured on the hit TLC show, the controversial pair defied the odds and tied the knot back in 2015. The dramatic Season 3 tell-all would prove to be Mark and Nikki’s last TV appearance as it seemingly confirmed many fans' suspicions that Mark was controlling as a husband. Not happy with how they were depicted, the pair never appeared on any of the franchise’s many spin-offs. Keep scrolling below for an update on where Mark and Nikki stand in 2022.
When Did ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Mark Shoemaker and Nikki Shoemaker Start Dating?
Mark and Nikki made their debut on season 3 of 90 Day Fiancé alongside fan-favorite couple Alexei and Loren Brovarnik. At the time of filming, Mark was 58 years old and his love interest, whom he met on an international dating site, was still a teenager at just 19 years old. During their first meeting in her native country of the Philippines, they had "unbelievable chemistry" — so much that just two days into his trip, Mark got on one knee and proposed to his online girlfriend with a zip tie.
Previously single for 20 years following his first divorce, the father of four chose to take time away from dating to raise his young children. This was also not his first time applying for a K-1 visa, as Nikki hailed from a suburb of Cebu City — which is where coincidentally Mark’s first wife was also from.
The memory of Mark’s former partner wasn’t so distant as Nikki was confronted with photos of her in his bedroom and 90 Day Fiancé fans will remember Mark even buying Nikki the same model car that he had previously purchased for his ex.
What Problems Have ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Mark Shoemaker and Nikki Shoemaker Faced In Their Relationship?
While the 39-year age gap was a problem for Mark’s youngest daughter, Nikki was forced to conclude that she may never have kids of her own. Mark carried two non-negotiables in his relationship with Nikki; a detailed prenuptial agreement and being clear in the fact that he didn’t want any more children.
“Nikki, if you were to make an ultimatum to me saying, 'I have to have children,' I would say, 'Nikki, It’s been nice knowing you,'" Mark told his then-fiancée during their time on the TLC flagship series. “But your plan and my plan, don’t - don’t add up.”
Despite the major tension and a prenup that was described as a “terrible agreement” by an attorney, the couple made it down the aisle to successfully complete the K-1 visa process.
Unlike other TLC alums who have used their 15 minutes of fame to turn toward social media influencing, Mark and Nikki remained private since their time on the franchise.
Are ‘90 Day Fiance’ Stars Mark Shoemaker and Nikki Shoemaker Still Together?
After nearly seven years of marriage, Mike filed for divorce from Nikki on March 2, 2022, In Touch exclusively reported at the time. As for the reason for their divorce, Mark checked off the box for “Adultery - my spouse committed adultery” under the section “grounds for divorce,” according to the divorce filing obtained by In Touch.
However, In Touch exclusively revealed in March 2023 that their divorce had been dismissed one year after the filing.
A notice of contemplated dismissal explaining that the divorce was subject to dismissal was issued on September 22, 2022, according to legal documents obtained by In Touch.
The Baltimore native filed a motion on October 19, 2022, that claimed he and Nikki were portrayed inaccurately on 90 Day Fiancé. Mark also noted in the motion that the original divorce filing – which cited adultery as the reason for their split – was not fully accurate. “The actual circumstances and reasons for this filing make it an extremely private matter and impossible to proceed in a timely fashion,” he wrote in the legal paperwork.
“Plaintiff wants nothing more, but to save this union! Defendant promised, after filing, a complaint, to get help to correct ongoing egregious behavior, but has failed,” Mark added. "Plaintiff has sought out marital counseling, and continues, but given the circumstances has been unsuccessful to present."
The divorce was officially dismissed on March 21, 2023. However, the reason behind the dismissal has not been confirmed.
“WE ARE NOT DIVORCED!!!” the former TV personality wrote in an exclusive statement to In Touch via email. “WE ARE NOT SEPARATED AND NEVER WERE!!! OUR MARRIAGE IS NOT DISSOLVED!!!”