A 48-year-old American divorcee, who is reportedly homeless and broke, captured the heart of a Thai woman half his age, albeit at a price he might not be able to afford in the long run.
The story of David Toborowsky and Chanoknat Angel Suwan was recently featured in the episode “Welcome to Real Life” of the TLC reality show about international romances called “90 Day Fiance”.
David had just lost his job, house, and recently recovered from a stroke when he went to Thailand in 2016, hoping to rebuild his life with a new romantic adventure. There, he met Annie, a 24-year-old bar singer who would soon be his fiancée.
According to People, the couple got engaged after dating for only 10 days.
“She is 24 years old, but the mindset she puts me in or makes me feel is I don’t feel like a 48-year-old,” David was quoted as saying. “She’s an amazing woman who makes me feel like I already hit the lottery.”
Little did David know that in order to get Annie’s parents’ approval, he would have to honor certain Thai traditions, which he claimed would eventually eat up the rest of his savings. Aside from giving Annie’s family $1,500 as dowry, David also had to buy two water buffalos as a gift for Annie’s parents.
In the episode, which aired on Sunday, there was a bit of drama over the bachelor/bachelorette party in which the groom-to-be got way too drunk for Annie’s liking.
She was also torn about leaving her family as her parents won’t be able to attend her wedding in the U.S., and she’s not exactly sure when she will return to Thailand.
Annie was hoping to live in comfort with her husband-to-be and she’s a little surprised that David isn’t as rich as she’d imagined. She also wondered if moving to the U.S. with David is still a good idea as she was concerned about his lack of financial resources.
“I just don’t understand why you’re 48 but you still don’t have anything. You still don’t have anything,” Annie told David.
The groom-to-be was even shown seeking help from his American friends, Chris and Nikki, when he was preparing to take Annie back to America with him. The couple agreed to temporarily allow David and Annie to live with them in their home in the U.S.
In one cringy, racist scene, Chris can be heard suggesting that Annie could “pay him back” for letting them stay there by giving him a massage. Nikki and Chris would later take to social media to claim that the awkward scene was scripted.
“Yes, the awkward scene of Chris asking for a massage was SCRIPTED,” Nikki wrote. “The producer asked him to say it & Chris had to say it more than once because it didn’t come off as natural.”
Chris and Nikki also revealed that David made about $1,000 per episode of the reality show, and was paid $2,500 to appear in the tell-all. Chris also reportedly hired David, a.k.a. “Tobo the cheap-ass friend”, to work for his travel company called Fantasy Thailand.
According to RealityBlurb, David and Annie have already tied the knot in Kentucky on November 1.