Meri Brown will finally speak out about her catfishing scandal. Sister Wives will catch up to the headlines during this Sunday’s season finale, and Meri’s online lover is already begging viewers not to believe what she says about their relationship.
During last week’s episode of Sister Wives, Meri Brown and the rest of her massive polygamist family headed to Alaska for a fun-filled vacation. However, something was weighing heavily on Meri’s mind during this time, and the title of this week’s episode, “Meri Catfished,” hints at what she was struggling with. According to the International Business Times, Meri Brown will inform her husband and her sister wives that she engaged in an online affair with someone she thought was a man.
“I started talking to this person online,” Meri said during the promo clip that aired at the end of last week’s episode. “He was just saying all the right things.”
Meri Brown told People that the person she met wasn’t actually a “he.” She was being scammed by a female “catfish,” or someone who assumes a fake identity online.
“During an emotional and vulnerable time earlier this year, I began speaking with someone online who turned out to be not who they said they were,” Meri said.
However, Meri Brown’s catfish claims that this isn’t true. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Meri’s online lover has been exposed as a lesbian named Jackie Overton. Jackie was allegedly posing as a dashing young businessman named Samuel Cooper, and she continues to blog as Sam on the Not Batman Yet website. In recent days, “Sam” has been trying to provide evidence that he actually exists in the form of text messages and photos from Meri. However, Sam can’t be seen in any of these photos, and the only picture of Meri’s paramour to be found on the website is a tiny avatar that shows half of a young man’s face.
Sam Cooper, who is described as a “42 year old Guitar playing Vegan,” recently responded to a commenter’s query about the suspicious lack of photos of Meri Brown’s online lover. In the comments section of a blog post that featured a selfie of Meri and a photo of one of her feet, Sam offered this simple explanation: “Because I haven’t put them on here yet.”
In a post titled “Rumors, schrumors,” Sam tried to claim that he and Jackie Overton are not the same person and that Jackie never tried to catfish Meri Brown.
“I am not a girl. My name is Samuel and I have never pretended to be a girl. Jackie Overton is completely innocent in this. Now other things in her life have come to light… Thanks to some very horrible people, one of them being you know who, this girl was arrested with her mom and forced to deal with internet rumors, lies, and the entire world now thinking she catfished a tv star.”
According to In Touch Weekly, Overton was arrested in Oklahoma late last month, but her arrest had nothing to do with scamming anyone — she was a wanted woman because she failed to appear in court after being charged with three traffic violations.
— In Touch Weekly (@intouchweekly) October 22, 2015
In the Not Batman Yet blog post, Sam went on to claim that he and Meri Brown fell deeply in love with one another, but he slammed the Sister Wives star for lying about their six-month affair to protect her family’s TV series.
“It is a disgusting lie by someone that is trying to cover her own a** to save her show, save her dignity, and to not have to fully explain what ’emotional affair’ means. Erase the emotional apart and we’re finally getting at the truth. It was an affair. A real affair.”
Kody Brown certainly seemed to think that his first wife was having a very real affair. In the preview for the next episode of Sister Wives, he expressed his concern about “spiritual wife” Meri abandoning the family now that she’s legally divorced.
“It’s weird, some of the words she’s saying. It sounds like she’s leaving,” he said after hearing Meri Brown’s shocking confession.
The Daily Mail shared a Sister Wives promo clip that shows Meri Brown crying while she seemingly talks about her online affair. She tearfully says that her family members “have no idea how bad it is,” but she doesn’t say anything about being fooled by a woman.
It’s very possible that Meri Brown didn’t know that she was being scammed at the time she decided to share her secret with her family. According to alleged text messages from Meri that Sam shared online, Meri was still engaged in their online affair after the Brown family returned from the big Alaskan adventure that’s currently the focus of Sister Wives. In an August 11 message, Meri told Sam that she loved him and was about to turn her phone off to board her flight home. However, it’s possible that Meri was starting to get a bit suspicious around this time. On August 15, she sent Sam a text message saying that she was extremely upset, and she refused to reveal why via text. Meri’s catfish claimed that August 16 was their “last good day.”
According to All About the Tea, one source has claimed that Meri Brown planned on running away with Sam Cooper, so there’s a chance that the Sister Wives cameras filmed Meri informing her family about these plans. If this is the case, she had to have a second awkward conversation with her husband and sister wives after finding out that she’d been scammed.
The Sister Wives season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC. Do you think Meri Brown will tell her family that she wants to leave?
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