90 Day Fiancé’s Karine Staehle Shares Hopeful Update Despite Custody Battle

90 Day Fiancé star Karine Staehle has finally ended her Instagram hiatus to give an update about what happened to her amid her ongoing custody battle. Brazilian native Karine married Kentucky man Paul Staehle on the reality TV show after having met him online. Karine and Paul were off to a rough start like most other franchise couples because of their language and cultural barrier. But Paul was hiding a big secret about his past arrest and jail time from Karine, and early on in their relationship made her take an STD test to prove her loyalty. The STD tests didn’t stop even after Karine gave birth to the couple’s second son.

The pair got involved in several domestic disputes but in 2022, a major scandal erupted when Paul and Karine lost custody of their sons Pierre and Ethan. In a new Instagram story video, Karine who’d been missing from Instagram reached out to her followers to tell she was doing “OK” as she continues to battle with Child Protective Services to get her children back. Karine admitted, “Sometimes I ​don’t want to post about my life ​because some people are crazy.” She assured her fans she was “happy” and even has a driver’s license now.

Karine & Paul Staehle’s Custody Battle Explained

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Karine confirmed, “My life is better now.” She continued, “I’m be OK. I look sad, but I’m not sad.” In December 2021, there was news of Karine and Paul splitting up. Shocking video footage showed Karine getting physical with Paul while the kids were in the same room. Karine and Paul were granted restraining orders against each other. When the couple lost custody of the children, their eldest son Pierre was reported missing in June 2022. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children put out an alert for Pierre, but it was Paul who confirmed his son wasn’t kidnapped but had accompanied him on a work trip.

It looked like Paul was fleeing with his elder son while his younger one-year-old baby was already with CPS. Once Paul returned Pierre to the authorities, Karine and him started to fight for the kids’ custody. Paul soon confirmed that the kids were now in foster care, but Karine was only allowed to see them once a week for an hour. By September 2023, Karine started a GoFundMe to raise funds, so she could hire a lawyer and regain custody of her sons. It seems, in the meantime, Paul’s cousins have also tried to obtain permanent custody of the children.

Karine and Paul’s complicated storyline on 90 Day Fiancé came to an end with 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? season 5. They haven’t returned to the franchise since, but it’s not like their off-screen drama hasn’t kept fans at the edge of their seats. Paul and Karine’s current relationship status also appears to be equally confusing. Paul claimed to have reconciled with Karine in April 2023. They have been creating adult content together, so they could start saving money for their lawyer’s fees. Despite everything, the couple seemingly has the best interest of their children at heart.

Source: Karine Staehle/Instagram

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