Forget Carmen San Diego and Waldo for a moment.
The Internet has been abuzz of late with questions surrounding the whereabouts of someone who actually exists:
Where, many fans of 90 Day Fiance are wondering, is Mohamed Jbali?!?
The 28-year old rose to reality television fame on the latest season of the aforementioned TLC series.
But his marriage to 43-year old Danielle Mullins did not work out in the end.
In October of last year, Danielle filed for an annulment on the grounds of fraud and adultery.
A few months later, on March 22, Judge Tygh Tone of the Erie County Common Pleas Court announced that the “annulment was changed to a divorce and the divorce was granted.”
Later that same day, his marriage legally over, Mohamed said on a Facebook live video:
“I did not talk to Danielle, all I know is I got my divorce. She had a lawyer talking for her. The judge said it’s done and that we’re divorced. They asked if I want a divorce or annulment, I said it’s the same for me.”
Jbali added that the two paid all their bills together prior to splitting and that there was “no fighting” over any of their divorce details.
That was a positive sign. It appeared as if each side could move on and live their own lives.
Which Danielle has done, keeping fans apprised of this or that on social media.
But Jbali has gone silent. No one seems to know where he is… including his ex-wife.
On May 1, a Twitter follower told Danielle she deserved “happiness” and also asked about her former husband’s whereabouts.
“I don’t know, have not heard,” the reality star Tweeted. “I am doing well.”
After his marriage came to an end, Mohamed reportedly moved to Florida and found work as a driver. He was allegedly spotted in a Target star just a few weeks ago.
However, his social media accounts have not been updated in about a month.
What might this mean, if anything?
Last fall, a Change.org to deport Mohamed back to his native Tunisia actually garnered over 6,000 signatures, as critics called Jbali out for cheating on Danielle and for using her simply to gain citizenship.
Has he taken the hint and finally left the country?
Or has he maybe been deported?
“He’s on a two-year conditional green card,” Danielle said early last year, explaining why her ex could soon be in trouble with the law if he remains in America:
“He needs my signature or some other kind of proof to show he didn’t violate the conditions. They don’t usually accept anything unless it has both signatures.
“So I don’t know how he’s going to prove it, because they won’t take any of the past paperwork that’s already been done.”
There is another, perhaps simpler theory, however:
This is all a hoax. It’s a PR move by TLC.
The network has told Mohamed to remain quiet in order to build anticipation for the next season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After.
According to a press release for new episodes, which kick off on June 25, Mohamed and Danielle will be featured.
We’ll get a close look at their relationship prior to their divorce and how Jbali was pushing for the couple to defect to Canada or Qatar.
These episodes were filmed many months ago, so the inclusion of Jbali doesn’t necessarily mean he’s still in the country or that anyone even knows where he is at the moment.
After tying the knot in July 2014, Mohamed called the cops on his then-wife for opening a DirecTV account in his name, destroying his clothes and stealing money from him.
She was also accused of dating multiple married men at the time.
Danielle, in turn, said that Mohamed had been cheating on her with various members of the opposite, including Luisa Berry.
In other words: these two have always been relied upon for some serious drama.
And this is why we’re guessing TLC wants to keep Jbali in the picture as often as possible.
We’re betting producers told him to remain off the radar for awhile in order for websites such as this one to write articles such as this and basically promote his upcoming appearance on 90 Day Fiance for free.
Darn. We fell for it, didn’t we?