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

'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."

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"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

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. Please contact her on ciarasheppard@hotmail.co.uk.

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