David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan have gone down in reality show history as one of the most successful marriages to come out of the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise. Their love story serendipitously began in Annie’s native Thailand, where David was living after going through a difficult time. What he never could have imagined was that he would find the love of his life more than 8,000 miles away from his Louisville, Kentucky home.
After meeting, the couple enjoyed a whirlwind romance, and it took approximately two weeks for David to propose. In order to bring Annie back to the U.S., they applied for the K-1 or the fiancé visa, which meant that Annie had 90 days to marry David — hence the title of the show. As we know, nothing good comes easy, and David and Annie’s relationship is a testament to this. Their fairytale journey, which many didn’t think would last because of their 24-year age gap, financial difficulties, and cultural differences, turned into a lasting and happy marriage, which is still stronger than ever, over four years later.
The Season 5 stars of “90 Day Fiancé” quickly became fan favorites for their playful banter and their deep love for one another, which gives viewers some major relationship goals. Because of their popularity, Annie and David star in many of the franchise’s spinoffs, and feel very fortunate to be part of the ever-growing “90 Day” family.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan met at a karaoke bar in Thailand
Before David Toborowsky met Annie Suwan, he went through hardships that changed the course of his life. He divorced his wife of 21 years, lost his job and his home, weighed over 350 pounds, and suffered a stroke. “My life was in a place that I don’t wish on my worst enemy,” he said on “90 Day Fiancé.”
Three years later, David bounced back from his rough patch, and decided to pack his bags and travel to Thailand for a fresh start. Little did he know at the time, his future bride, Annie Suwan was waiting for him there — at a karaoke bar, of all places. Annie, who was then 24, grew up in a small village in Thailand, but was living in its capital city of Bangkok, working at a hotel and singing in a band to make a better life for herself.
For the 48-year-old divorcé, who as fate would have it happened to be at the same bar Annie was performing at one night, it was love at first listen. “I heard Annie singing, and she has a voice of an angel,” David told The List. The Louisville, Kentucky native was immediately smitten, and offered to buy Annie a drink — and that was the beginning of their beautiful love story. Years later, Annie still sings karaoke — but now, it’s usually a duet with her loving husband by her side.
It took David Toborowsky 10 days to fall in love with Annie Suwan
After David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan met, things moved pretty quickly. In fact, for Toborowsky, it took a total of 10 days for him to know Suwan was “the one.” The moment that sealed the deal was on one of their first dates; the couple went shopping at the Thai-Cambodia Border Market, which sells home goods and clothing at a discount. While they were there, Annie was purchasing items such as pencils, pens, books, and shoes for her family, instead of for herself. “She was buying for her little brothers and buying for her mom and for her dad,” David recounted to The List. “I was like, ‘What a genuine heart she has.'”
To that end, David was ready to take things to the next level. “After dating for a week or two, I proposed to Annie,” David explained (via YouTube). As a U.S. citizen, David had to then apply for the K-1 or the fiancé visa in order to be able to bring Annie to the States. Once she was stateside, the law stipulated that she had 90 days in which to marry David.
Although it only took a matter of days for David to fall in love with Annie, he’s still proving he’s worthy of her love on a daily basis. “My life is like ’50 First Dates.’ Every day, I have to make her fall in love with me,” David told Parade.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan star in many '90 Day Fiancé' spinoff shows
There are countless spinoffs of the TLC reality show that follows fan-favorite couples after their “90 Day Fiancé” journey. For those who are rooting for David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan, they’re fortunate to be able to find them in many of these sister shows. In series such as “90 Day Fiancé: What Now?” and “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever?,” which are follow-ups to the original, viewers learn how the lovebirds fared after saying “I do.”
Toborowsky and Suwan are so transparent with their fans, they literally bring viewers into their home on “90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk.” “It’s filmed in our bedroom. That is our house,” David revealed to The List. “It might have some set-up, like to make it look good,” Annie added. On that series, the “90 Day” alums get to express their opinions on the current stars of the show. “We like to talk crap about everybody, including ourselves,” David quipped.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Toborowsky and Suwan starred in yet another spinoff, “90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined.” The lovebirds showed how they managed through the lockdown, shopping for groceries and making time for romance as well. When asked when the pair plan on retiring from TV, they agreed that they don’t intend to anytime soon. “To me, as long as I have all the fans’ support, I won’t let them down,” Annie told The List.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan's road to the altar was a bumpy one
For David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan, first came love, then came marriage — but in between came a host of issues. One of the hurdles David and Annie had to face, which became a highlight of their season of “90 Day Fiancé,” was the fact that in Thai tradition, the man has to present his future bride’s parents with a hefty dowry. But because of his financial woes, David wasn’t certain he’d be able to provide the $15,000 that was asked of him (via ScreenRant). “I’m extremely stressed and worried because the mounting costs of marrying a Thai woman [are] beyond my expectations, and I’m running short,” David confessed on “90 Day Fiancé.” At the time, David wasn’t able to fully provide for his fiancé and borrowed money from his friend, who actually cosponsored Annie’s visa, too.
Another point of contention between the couple was David’s alcohol use, which was apparent throughout the season. It occurred at their joint bachelor-bachelorette party in Thailand, and showed up again in America. “But that’s the place that I was at,” David told Parade. “In a sense I’m glad now to share that, that you can be in a bad place and get better.”
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David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan have multiple side hustles
Since their appearance on Season 5 of “90 Day Fiancé,” David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan have come a long way from their then unfavorable financial situation. With their friendly personalities and loving natures, the two set themselves apart as fan favorites. And as a result, they’ve used their popularity to pad their bank accounts with multiple side hustles.
For one, David and Annie can be found on Cameo, a website where you can find your favorite celebrities and have them craft personalized videos for loved ones. The power couple have earned the rank of being one of the 10 highest earners on the site. They’re so popular on Cameo that they’ve recorded 3,200 personalized messages to date, charging $57 per shout-out, which means they’ve made over $185,000 through this outlet so far (via ScreenRant). In an interview with The List, David explained that they’ve done Cameos for almost every reason imaginable. “We’ve proposed to people,” he revealed. They’ve also gotten some NSFW requests, which David said he still carries out, just in a humorous fashion. “I’m not going to leave money on the table either. … Yes, it’s lucrative,” he admitted.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, David and Annie even launched a cooking show, highlighting the cuisine from Annie’s native Thailand. On “Spice it Up with David and Annie,” the dynamic duo cooks up classics like egg fried rice and spring rolls, while exchanging fun — and flirty — banter.
When David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan aren't working, they love to travel
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan make sure to carve out time from their busy TV schedule to celebrate their honeymoon over and over again. The couple got married in November of 2017, but take so many trips that they consider them all just extensions of that first one they took together. “Every time we go to a hotel — he is a Marriott Lifetime Titanium Member — he says, ‘Oh, this is our honeymoon.’ We’ve been on honeymoon for two years,” Annie told Parade. Additionally, their Instagram pages are filled with shots of them on lavish vacations in exotic locations like Cancun, Mexico, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and of course, to Annie’s native Thailand.
In fact, David and Annie love traveling so much that they started their own YouTube channel, “David and Annie’s Travels.” They explain its purpose as showing “traveling, culture, eating, and cooking,” while “interacting with fans and friends around the world.” (via YouTube). Their adventures include trips in the States, such as to the Grand Canyon, and far off lands like Bali. “That’s one of our passions. I’ve been to 64 countries,” David explained to Parade. That’s also one of the many reasons he enjoys watching “90 Day Fiancé.” “And then you add all the different cultures, food, and then you put relationships with it and then the legal process of visas where they’re going overseas and living or coming to America,” he added.
Even when they get trolled, David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan always stay positive
Although most find these “90 Day Fiancé” fan favorites very endearing, there are others who love to hate David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan. The couple understands that part of their lives as reality stars includes dealing with trolls on social media. “That comes with the territory,” David said on Jenny McCarthy TV. At the end of the day, David and Annie rely on each other for moral support. “Sometimes people are just so mean, it’s okay,” Annie said. “You know, we have each other,” David added.
There are times, however, when the insults get personal. During David and Annie’s time on “90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined,” the mixed-race couple candidly spoke about the anti-Asian messages Annie received during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I do worry for her, because we live in a world right now where people are looking to express their anger towards others,” David explained.
Although people feel the need to make anti-immigrant comments to Annie, she knows she has the unwavering support of her husband and her legion of fans to get her though it. “Thank God a lot of people just back me up in a lot of stuff I have on social media; that’s helped a lot,” she told The List. And instead of reflecting on the negativity, Annie chooses to turn it into something positive: During the COVID-19 lockdown, she sewed masks and sent them to first responders.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan made amends with David's daughter
Another big part of David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan’s “90 Day Fiancé” season involved David’s familial strife. The father of three was married for 21 years to his first wife, and they divorced; in a way, this actually led to David meeting Annie, since he traveled to Thailand after that heartbreak.
However, after David got engaged to Annie — who’s 24 years his junior — his daughter, Ashley Toborowsky, understandably had her doubts about her father’s new relationship with a woman younger than she was. Viewers will never forget the “90 Day” scene where Ashley throws a glass of water in her dad’s face after he brought Annie home to Kentucky.
That’s all water under the bridge now, since they’ve overcome their differences and have a happy blended family. “We try to spend more time with them to get more connection … And now our relationship is getting better,” Annie told E! News. In fact, Annie and Ashley now socialize, and David even posted a photo of the two women in his life on his Instagram page. In an interview with Access, Annie reflected on the past with Ashley, and can understand where she was coming from when they first met. “When I look back in the days when she first met me … I’m younger than her,” she said. “She don’t know who I am. She don’t know what intention I have with her father.”
Will David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan ever have children together?
Since they are such fan favorites, and have been married for years now, Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky often get asked, “So, when are you having children?” After they got hitched, the couple discussed the prospect of expanding their family on “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After,” when Annie told David’s sister and daughter that David promised her and her family that she would have children one day. David’s sister clapped back with multiple reasons why it didn’t seem feasible that David would be bringing more children into the picture, being that he had a vasectomy, no career, and was 49 years old at the time.
In an interview with Us Weekly, David was open with the fact that he’d had a vasectomy, making it impossible for him to have children unless he gets it reversed. “Well, there would have to be a surgical procedure for me to have before that’s possible,” he explained. “We practice … four or five times a week.”
So what does Annie have to say about welcoming little ones in the future? “We don’t need children to make our love stronger,” she told Us Weekly. “It would be awesome if we had, but right now that’s not going to be a serious conversation.” The couple also joked that they already have “three million children” who watch “90 Day Fiancé,” so, for now, they’re quite content.
David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan appreciate their cultural differences
For both Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky, being together meant they experienced culture shock in order to make their relationship work. To marry David, Annie had to leave her family in Thailand behind, and the couple admitted that the “90 Day Fiancé” scene that’s the most difficult for them to watch is when Annie says goodbye to them. Being from a small village also made it overwhelming for Annie when she arrived in the U.S. “It’s kind of like busy,” Annie revealed to The List. “A lot of people, different types of people.”
Because of his commitment to Annie, David took a crash course in Thai tradition by doing things like presenting Annie’s parents with a dowry and buying them water buffalo as wedding gifts. Although it was difficult at the time, he now looks back fondly on the experience. A year after their wedding, David posted a photo of their baby water buffalo on Instagram with the caption, “I guess this is the interest payment on my dowry.”
Fans of “90 Day Fiancé” are well aware of the fact that in order for a multicultural marriage to work, both parties have to respect the other’s culture. “The blending of culture, that’s really what I think helps in a relationship … and you kind of learn is half the fun of being a blended family and exploring each other’s cultures and opening up your mind,” David told E! News.
Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky feel the 90 Day franchise is like one big family
One of the reasons why Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky have no plans of retiring from their “90 Day” TV career is that they feel they are a part of one big, happy — and sometimes dysfunctional — family. In an interview with The List, David talked about the strong bond he feels with everyone in the beloved franchise. “Just not the cast members, but the fans, we feel like one family,” he gushed. “We love them. … We’re all part of the “90 Day” family. … It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this.” David also noted that the producers and crew who are behind the scenes – and actually in the couple’s home for the taping of “Pillow Talk” — are also part of this tight-knit community.
David and Annie have also made close friendship with many of their cast mates. From their season of “90 Day Fiancé,” they still keep in touch with many of the couples that stayed together, such as David and Evelyn, Andrei and Elizabeth, and Josh and Aika. And because of their active involvement in spinoffs like “Bares All,” the couple has expanded their “90 Day” relationships to include cast members from other seasons as well. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, they named Darcey and Stacey, as well as Russ and Paola and Robert and Anny as part of their “90 Day” inner circle.
This is what Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky say are the keys to a successful relationship
So what are the keys to a lasting reality show union? Just ask Annie Suwan and David Toborowsky, who seem to have it all figured out. The inseparable pair, who did struggle at first, are testaments to the fact that if there’s true love present in a relationship, all will work out in the end. And for viewers who’ve witnessed the progression of David and Annie’s marriage on all the “90 Day” spinoffs they’re a part of, it’s apparent that the reality stars are extremely genuine. “You know, honestly, we just be ourselves no matter camera or camera off, but it will be just our lifestyle, what you see is what you get when you meet us,” Annie explained yo Entertainment Tonight.
Another reason why Annie and David have gone down in reality show history as a success story is the fact that they’ve stayed committed to one another, even when times were tough. “We stuck together,” David shared with The List. “We say this to everybody: “If two people stick together, you love together.”
The other aspects that bolster Annie and David’s happy marriage are flirty Instagram posts, Annie giving her doting hubby a Thai massage every day, and David bringing his wife coffee every morning. In an interview with Parade, David stressed another part of the recipe for a healthy relationship, saying, “Happy wife, happy life.”
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