Fans first noticed Angela’s weight loss progress in November 2020, when the healthcare worker shared a series of photos taken during a joint birthday party for granddaughters Ana, 6, and London Rae, 8. The doting “mema” went all out on a unicorn and JoJo Siwa-themed bash for her grandbabies and she posed for a sweet selfie with Ana at the affair. Fans noticed Angela’s face looked a lot thinner in the photo at the time.
The Hazelhurst, Georgia native caused a stir on social media again the following month while celebrating her 56th birthday. She shared a photo of herself holding the surprise birthday cake given to her by her grandchildren, and fans couldn’t help but notice Angela looked like she’s lost an impressive amount of weight in the photos.
In a March 2021 interview with Us Weekly, Angela confirmed she underwent gastric sleeve surgery in August 2020. She revealed her plans to begin a weight loss journey on the 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? season 5 tell-all which aired in October 2020. Even though her husband, Michael Illesanmi, did not approve of her going under the knife, Angela insisted she needed to undergo the procedure to improve her health.
“After the third month, I’ll drop about a hundred and something pounds,” the reality star shared with host Shaun Robinson. “Everything will be reconstructed, my skin surgery, they’re doing … I’m gonna have it all done.”
Angela had previously talked about the possibility of getting the surgery done with Michael, but the tell-all was the first time he learned she had made up her mind to go through with it. The Nigeria native was extremely upset with her choice and said he doesn’t approve of “anything surgery,” especially on his wife. “No doing all this artificial stuff. I don’t like it,” he declared.
She insisted that surgery was the best option for her because she had recently gained 20 pounds while in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Michael told Angela she was beautiful no matter her size and admitted he was worried about the possible risks that come along with surgery. Thankfully, it seems like Michael didn’t have anything to be worried about because his wife looks happy and healthy.
Scroll through the gallery below for photos of Angela Deem’s weight loss journey!