There was a lot of tension on the latest episode of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
Some of that went down with Nicole Nafziger's family at the birthday party of her young daughter, May.
Nicole's mother, Bobbalee, offered a wealth of commentary.
In many cases, she expressed the exact same concerns about Nicole's romance with Azan Tefou shared by a lot of viewers.
But Nicole has taken to social media to claim that things are different, now.
These days, she insists, her family is totally onboard with her long-distance, high-drama relationship.
Nicole wants to make one thing very clear
She loves Azan, as everyone can tell. Azan loves her right back. But now she's insisting that her family, who have been hesitant to embrace the ongoing drama of her long-distance relationship, is totally onboard.
The show tells a very different story
"Today we’re celebrating May’s birthday," Nicole said on the most recent eposide. "And I’m kinda nervous because it’s the first time the whole family’s gonna be in one place since I didn’t get married."
She feels like she's facing an inquisition
"I feel like they’re all gonna have a lot to say about what happened with me in Morocco and why we didn’t get married, what’s happening and blah blah blah blah blah," Nicole feared. "I just want to enjoy the day and celebrate May’s birthday."
Her mom, Bobbalee, was of course overjoyed
"We’re happy to have Nicole back in Florida with us," Bobbalee gushed.
She has strong hopes for her daughter and granddaughter
"I would like to see Nicole stay here, get May into school, get her life and May’s life going here," Bobbalee expressed. "But we know it’s probably only temporary, I’m sure she’s going to try to find her way back over [to] Morocco"
Bobbalee feels the same way that many fans do
"I don’t know where she’s trying to go from here," Bobbalee admitted. "I mean, they talk about getting married, but the first time, it kind of got called off at the last minute, and the second time it got called off before I was even supposed to there."
She summed it up very concisely.
"This whole thing seems like a cycle of nothing," Bobbalee said on Sunday's episode, winning over the hearts of countless viewers.
She made her worries clear
"It just doesn’t make any sense, Nicole, why he called off the wedding," Bobbalee expressed. "You don’t have to necessarily have a big, full-blown wedding. You guys could’ve done like we do here, a justice of the peace kind of thing. But you’re not even that far — he ditched out of that."
She presented a very fair question
"If he loves you as much as he says he does," Bobbalee asked. "What assurances do you have that he’ll actually marry you this time?" Nicole replied by explaining that it was a mutual decision, but fans were left with the impression that Bobbalee worries that Azan is leading her on.
Nicole made a beautiful Mother's Day post
"HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!" Nicole wrote in a beautiful post honoring her mother. "From me and my mom to you and your mom! I thank God for my one of a kind mom who has taught me so many things over the years of my life. Also for letting me learn some lessons on my own but still being there for me."
The powerful tribute continued
"She’s the kindest person I know and has so much wisdom." Nicole gushed. "I can’t thank God enough for the family I was born into. I’ve been blessed and they make me who I am today"
One fan had an unkind comment
A commenter had the nerve to try to ruin the mood by writing: "I hope you finally care enough about her feelings about Azan using you." Ugh.
Nicole replied with a bit of dialogue
"Nicole, ‘Mom, what do you think of Azan?’ Nicole’s mom, ‘I like him a lot,'" Nicole responded. Presumably, she is quoting an actual conversation that she had in response to the comment.
Of course, Nicole is speaking of the present
Despite some entertaining moments on the show recently, Nicole hasn't expressed a real interest in tuning in. She seems very "over" the show.
What has changed since then?
Maybe Nicole's parents have softened their tone on Azan because time has passed. Or perhaps he has found a way to earn their trust. We'll find out, we suppose.
Sometimes, it just takes time
Nicole has admitted that her family's Christian views have made it difficult for some of them to adjust to the idea of her marrying a Muslim man. But sometimes, the shock wears off, and people become accustomed to new ideas. Nicole and Azan can coexist as a couple, and their families can do the same.
But here is what's most important
No matter what, May remains the center of Nicole's life. She's her daughter, and one of Nicole's biggest priorities was always making sure that Azan would be great with May.
And fans can stop asking one major question
Yes, Nicole is in regular contact with May's biological father. But Nicole has made it very clear (repeatedly) that she considers this topic private, as it is not part of her social media or reality career.
Nicole is an open book ... mostly
She may have expressed fatigue with 90 Day Fiance, but Nicole loves answering fan questions -- especially when they're politely phrased. She does hold on to some secrets ... which may mean that there's more of her reality career after Season 4. Only time will tell. ...