5 awful online dating catfish stories
So imagine Joe and the team's surprise when they go to meet Kari Ann—and Rose pops out.
“As if catfishing wasn't bad enough, people who are actually trying to find dates or love through online dating sites have to be concerned about people kittenfishing them,” love coach Nikki Leigh told Bustle.__The Truth:__ Ja'mari's real name was James, and he wasn't a model—but he didn't lie about his appearance.What he *did* lie about was his criminal past: He spent two years in prison for allegedly stealing three different buses, impersonating the driver, and driving them on their routes (huh? To cap it all off, the two decided to stay in a relationship and James pursued his career as a bus driver, having gotten his license in jail. [Heather41]( __What He Thought:__ Mike met Caroline on a dating site, and they bonded over the fact that she was suffering from colon cancer—the same cancer his mom had.Let us introduce you to ‘kittenfishing’, a term coined by dating app Hinge that’s essentially defined as presenting yourself in an unrealistically positive way.Essentially a light version of ‘catfishing’ – when you pretend to be a totally different person online – kittenfishing can be as simple as using profile photos that are out-of-date or heavily edited.“We have to wonder if people think this is harmless or if people do it intentionally.
They may figure they'll shave a few (or more) years off their age to make themselves seem more attractive to grab a person's attention.
__The Truth:__ Caroline is actually Heather, she does not have cancer, and she has catfished Mike before!
When he caught her the first time, she made up Caroline, and then made up the cancer when she thought he was going to leave again. [Artis 6]( __What He Thought:__ Artis was under the impression he was dating Jess and was ready to ditch his current girlfriend—and *mother of his three children*—for her.
__The Truth:__ Jess is actually a man who creates fake online dating profiles to teach people a lesson about cheating.
He was so creepy even [Nev and Max were afraid of him]( [Skylar Catfish]( BU0c/Ufm Dffwqf YI/AAAAAAAAAZ0/l HCv Rvs JX7g/s1600/Skylar Catfish.gif) __What She Thought:__ This shy, bullied 18-year-old fell for a teen named Skylar in San Francisco who, of course, was a model.
The Truth: Lil Bow Wow is actually a girl named Dee, which is not that surprising.