First Dates contestant says she was catfished by her 'best friends'
There are certain things that you're generally expected to do as a mate.
Hang out with your friends. Be there for them when they're sad. Support them in their endeavours to find the love of their life and not pretend to be some lad texting them for the laugh.
The latter should be a fairly standard enough flex, and yet somehow, for some people, it's not.
On this week's episode of First Dates UK, a diner named Maria recalled the time that her so-called "best friends" catfished her into thinking she was chatting to a guy named Will.
Maria said that she was texting 'Will' thinking that she had previously met him on a night out, but when she informed her friends that he was apparently coming to meet her, they revealed the truth.
Absolute nah, like.
"They knew I wanted a boyfriend. They knew my weaknesses," she said on camera, visibly shaken.
"They were my best friends. I don’t really understand how you can manipulate and make someone feel so small."
Maria, who went on a date with a guy named Albert, said that the night in question ended just how you'd expect it to - in tears.
"I went home and I cried all the way home," she said. "How can you toy with my emotions like that? Sorry, I never thought I’d get emotional about it. I haven’t got emotional about it for so long."
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) May 21, 2019
Maria and Albert got on well enough but sadly, they didn't end up seeing each other again after that first date.
The caption at the end of the episode read: "In the end, Albert wasn’t quite ready to wade into deeper water with Maria but Maria knows there are plenty more fish in the sea."
Some day, girl.