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'First Dates' Contestant Says She Was Catfished By Her 'Best Friends'

A First Dates contestant was left in flood of tears after retelling the story of how she was catfished by her so-called best friends.

On this week's episode of the Channel 4 dating show, a diner name Maria recalled a time when her friends catfished her by pretending to be a guy called Will.

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Sharing the story with her date Albert, Maria explained that she got a text from someone after a night out who identified themselves as Will, saying they had met the night before.

The pair then continued texting before arranging to meet, at which point her so-called friends came clean with their cruel prank.

Maria told Albert: "I went out for my brother's birthday and the next day I got a text from Will.

"So I was texting this Will and I said to my pals at the time, 'Oh, Will's coming tonight.' And they were like, 'We know, we're Will.' So they were texting me."

"I don't really understand how you can manipulate and make someone feel so small," she added. "They knew I wanted a boyfriend. They knew my weaknesses. They're my best mates, do you know what I mean?"

Maria was in tears as she recalled the story. Credit: Channel 4
Maria was in tears as she recalled the story. Credit: Channel 4

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After a horrified reaction from Albert, Maria confirmed the girls "were" her best friends - past tense. Phew.

Speaking directly to the cameras, Maria broke down in tears as she recalled the heartbreaking incident.

"I went home and I cried all the way home. How can you toy with my emotions like that?" she said.

Albert was shocked by her story. Credit: Channel 4
Albert was shocked by her story. Credit: Channel 4

Dabbing away her tears with a tissue, Maria apologised: "Sorry, I never thought I'd get emotional about it. I haven't got emotional about it for so long."

Naturally, viewers were gobsmacked at the story, and rushed to Maria's support on Twitter.


Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Entertainment, Entertainment News, TV & Film, first dates

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

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