A deaf woman who found love with a prison inmate who may or may not have committed murder is set to lay bare her unconventional romance in a new season of reality series Love During Lockup.
The second season of the franchise spinoff is chronicling the ups and downs of six ordinary people who are in — or are pursuing — relationships with jailbirds, including a bachelor and a returning singleton who have a thing for convicts.
Chelsea fell hard for her love interest, Michael, after meeting him in an inmate pen pal group. He won her heart by learning American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with her, but he has a surprising secret.
The second season of the WeTV reality series Love During Lockup is chronicling the ups and downs of six ordinary people who are in – or are pursuing – relationships with prison inmates
The explosive new trailer for the upcoming season shows how far some people are willing to go for love, including a few singles who are exclusively looking or love on prison pen pal sites
In the trailer for the upcoming season, she is warned that the teardrop tattoo underneath his eye indicates that he has killed someone, but fans will have to wait and see if that is what he is actually hiding.
Other stars include a woman who pursued her old high school crush while he was behind bars and a serial inmate dater who is juggling multiple jailbirds at once.
Ahead of Love During Lockup’s premiere on Friday, October 21, FEMAIL is giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the show’s new cast.
Chelsea and Mike, Richwood, Ohio
Chelsea, who is deaf, was struggling with loneliness when she met Michael in a Facebook inmate pen pal group
Michael started teaching himself American Sign Language (ASL) to connect with her -something no other man has ever done before
However, she has been warned that Michael’s teardrop tattoo means he is a murderer
Chelsea, who is deaf, was struggling with loneliness when she met Michael in a Facebook inmate pen pal group.
‘I was instantly attracted to Mikey,’ she explains in the trailer. ‘I thought, “Oh my god.” My heart fell hard for him.’
Michael started teaching himself ASL to connect with her —something no other man has ever done before.
Their communication has been limited to just 30-second videograms and letters while he is behind bars, which led her to plan a prison visit to meet him face to face.
However, Chelsea’s excitement about finally being able to sign with her love interest in person quickly soured after she learned that he has a surprising secret.
Fans will have to wait to see what Michael is hiding, but it is suggested that he may have committed murder.
In the teaser, a man warns Chelsea about the teardrop tattoo underneath his eye, saying it ‘means he’s killed someone.’ The footage then cuts to her screaming, ‘F**k you!’
Emily and Dauri, Union, New Jersey
Emily was pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice when she connected with Dauri via a pen pal ad and fell in love with him
The couple has been together for four years, but she has never actually seen him in person
Friends are suspicious of their relationship and can’t help but question if she is the one scamming him
Emily was pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice when she connected with Dauri via a pen pal ad. She never imagined she would fall in love with an inmate, but she couldn’t resist his charms.
The unlikely couple has been together for four years, but she has never actually seen him in person. When it comes to Dauri, it seems she is willing to let anything slide, including scams and cheating.
‘It’s all about how much effort you’re willing to put into it — money, patience, and aggravation,’ she says of dating an inmate in the trailer.
Emily is determined to get a big ring from her locked-up beau — and is even going as far as using his stimulus money to buy it.
Friends are suspicious of their relationship and can’t help but question if she is the one scamming him.
‘He thinks he’s a good scammer, and I’m going to scam the scammer,’ she vows in the teaser.
Melissa and Louie, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Melissa will do just about anything for her boyfriend, Louie, who was her old crush
Melissa met Louie in high school, but they ran in different circles. The mail carrier reached out to him in prison after coming across inmate letters at work
Footage from the teaser shows her flashing him from outside the prison – despite his protests not to
Melissa was struggling to find Mr. Right when fate intervened and reconnected her with her old crush Louie.
‘I met Louie in high school. He was like hot,’ she recalls in the trailer.
The Jersey girl had crossed paths with the bad boy in the past, but they always ran in separate circles.
Melissa was at work as a mail carrier when she came across inmate letters that inspired her to reach out to Louie while he was behind bars.
She is madly in love with him, but her outspoken family disapproves of their relationship. Her father has even refused to walk her down the aisle.
Footage from the teaser shows her dressing up as a cheerleader for him during one of their video chats and flashing him from outside the prison — despite his protests not to.
Melissa’s struggles with loneliness while Louie is locked up have led her to join a prison wives group for support as she prepares to move to Georgia to be with her beau.
Jessica and Dustin, Jacksonville, Florida
Jessica resigned from her job as a corrections nurse to be with her love, Dustin
Jessica plans on uprooting her life and moving to Tennessee to be with Dustin after he gets out of prison
Not only did Jessica sacrifice her career to be with the love of her life, but she also had his name tattooed across her stomach
Jessica was fresh off of a messy divorce when she decided to pursue a career in corrections nursing. She wanted to get over her ex and have a sense of control over men, but she ended up falling for Dustin instead.
‘I worked for the prison system, but I resigned to have a relationship with Dustin,’ she explains in the trailer.
Not only did Jessica sacrifice her career to be with the love of her life, but she also had his name tattooed across her stomach.
Jessica plans on uprooting her life and moving to Tennessee to be with Dustin after he gets out of prison, but she is determined to meet his family first.
‘Prison relationships I think are a lot harder than normal relationships,’ she admits.
Mark, Las Vegas, Nevada
Bachelor Mark is looking for love on an inmate pen pal group on Facebook. He was curious at first, but now he is convinced that there is a slew of incredible women waiting for him in prison
‘I’m a software engineer, I’m attractive, and I make a lot of money,’ he boasts in the trailer
Mark is determined to find ‘the one,’ but he is taking an untraditional route to seek out the ‘crazy girls’ who are just his type.
After months of failed dating app connections, he started looking for love on an inmate pen pal group on Facebook. He was curious at first, but now he is convinced that there is a slew of incredible women waiting for him in prison.
Now, he is using multiple prison pen pal groups to help him find a partner, with the hope that he will find an emotional connection that will turn into a physical one.
Mark, who has two businesses and loves to travel, is also not shy about the fact that considers himself to be a catch.
‘I’m a software engineer, I’m attractive, and I make a lot of money,’ he boasts in the trailer.
Tai, Buffalo, New York
Tai is back for season two of the reality series, and she is still a serial inmate dater
Her number one locked-up lover, Hottie, has a girlfriend in Boston whom she has met, but that hasn’t stopped him from proposing to her
Tai is also canoodling with two other inmates, BB and her new love interest, Dough Boy, but that hasn’t stopped her boss, Rinaldo, from developing feelings for her
Tai is back for the second season of Love During Lockup, and — spoiler alert — she’s still a serial inmate dater with no plans to bid farewell to her string of troubled men.
Her number one locked-up lover, Hottie, has a girlfriend in Boston whom she has met, but that hasn’t stopped him from proposing to her.
Tai is also canoodling with two other inmates, BB and her new love interest, Dough Boy, as she continues to baffle her friends with her love of criminals.
However, she is given a chance at a real relationship with a free man after her funeral home boss, Rinaldo, develops feelings for her.
Rinaldo is urging her to go for a safe choice like him, she isn’t ready to say goodbye to her bad boys behind bars.