Just a few months ago, Tiffany Franco and Ronald Smith celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
Their 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way story warmed the hearts of viewers who were happy to see a genuine love play out.
(Also, everybody loves Tiffany's wonderful son and it was endearing to see him and Ronald form a bond)
Now, both Tiffany and Ronald have taken to Instagram to announce their divorce.
In a series of now-deleted Instagram Stories, what starts as an amicable divorce announcement quickly devolves into a flurry of vicious allegations.
Take a look at what they each had to say, and how it all fell apart:
Tiffany Franco met Ronald Smith in South Africa and they fell for each other. Tiffany already had a son, Daniel. She also became pregnant by Ronald, which meant that she had a huge decision to make.
They appeared on 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way
Tiffany was fully prepared to move ot South Africa to be with Ronald, uprooting herself and her son to be with the man she loved and the father of her then-unborn child. That's a huge decision for anyone, but especially for a mother.
Things were going well
They had bumps along the road, like Ronald's gambling addiction, but they were making it work. And they did get married.
Time in South Africa showed Tiffany (and her son, Daniel) that this was not the place for her to raise her kids. She opted to move back to the US -- and use a spousal visa to bring Ronald over to be with her.
Family can take many forms
Fans who stuck with the couple after the Tell All special were rewarded with endearing photos of the four of them -- including baby Carley. Awwwww!
Not to mention ...
Tiffany's post-baby body transformation was dramatic and gorgeous. Of course, Tiffany was always very conspicuously one of the most beautiful women to ever appear on the 90 Day Fiance franchise, and that remained true when she filmed the Tell All special just a short time after giving birth.
On Tuesday, January 28, Tiffany Franco took to her Instagram Stories to announce that she and Ronald would be separating. She said that she didn't want to hide it from social media. She said that despite the love that they had for each other, "some things are irreparable. We both deserve much better than what we can offer at the moment."
Then, things got ugly
Taking to his own Instagram Stories, Ronald ... making enough typos to make followers wonder about his state of mind ... announced "I have decided to leave Tiffany due to certian reasons." He also seemed to accuse her of "adultry," and one can only assume that he meant to write "adultery." He noted that he would be filing for divorce in South Africa.
Tiffany fired back
"When a toxic person can no longer manipulate you, they will try to manipulate the way others see you," Tiffany wrote in another Instagram Story. She also noted "I never cheated" and said that Ronald is free to lash out all that he likes, but that she plans to avoid responding to his social media tantrum.
Tiffany obviously hadn't planned on referring to Ronald as "toxic" in public, but it's understandable that she would want to hit back in the face of a smear campaign.
Unfortunately, Ronald had more to say
All of the Instagram Stories from both parties have been deleted, but The Ashley caught his words: "I have done nothing but good to Tiffany the last year she wants answers I answer, she wants reports, I report, she wants location I show location."
His complaints continue
“I mean it’s crazy, still I was accused of lying," Ronald accused. "She agreed to me taking her personally somewhere where she wanted answers yet wasn’t good enough for her. She’s very controlling, bossy, didn’t really love me."
He continues to accuse her of being controlling
"I was a pet to her caged up because if I wanted to go somewhere I’m not allowed. I loved her dearly and always will," Ronald continued. "She’s the mother of my kids and respect her for that but this was just tooo much."
He also thinks that she's an attention hog
"We could have sorted this privately but she wanted it to go viral, why?" Ronald accused for some reason. "Seeking attention or what but it’s whatever. I might deactivate my IG and FB because [I] won’t entertain all of this anymore. She got what she wanted. She has my kids that I was told I won’t…"
Yikes, yikes, yikes!
We'd say that we're glad that this ugly squabble is over, but it hasn't even been 24 hours yet. Deleted Stories or not, it's unlikely that we've heard the last about this ugly fallout between Tiffany and Ronald. Hell, we don't even know the real reason that they split, yet. Hopefully, one day, we will.