Recently we had reported how a man from Tennessee named Spencer Morill was a part of an elaborate Katy Perry catfish scheme where he was made to believe that he was dating the popular singer online for six years. It wasn’t her obviously. However, after hearing about this sad incident, the “Dark Horse” singer sent her sympathy to the victim.
Speaking in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up Show Katy Perry said, “Yeah, someone sent me a link and I didn’t actually read through it because I just think it’s really unfortunate and very sad.”
Katy Perry also expressed that she generally feels sad for anyone who falls a victim to catfish scams like this.
“People have dreams and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is so accessible. We live on the coasts and we get stuff in a way that some other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him. So I didn’t really like to indulge in that because my heart would die.”
Talking about Spencer she also said, “My heart goes out to him, actually.”
You’d be surprised to know that catfish scheming is quite easy these days, especially when men and women don’t find enough time to date and spend most of their time online. It is easy to lure a person with any celebrity’s photograph and lead him/her to believe that they are actually dating the star. In fact, Spencer was so into the woman who had fooled him that he had planned to propose to her, whom he believed to be Katy Perry. Spencer had actually made an engagement ring for her with his grandmother’s emerald. He had put a quarter of his life savings into the ring. Thankfully, he didn’t part with his money to some Nigerian e-mail scam, which would have been worse.
The woman who had posed online as Katy Perry is from Gloucester, England, and her real name is Harriet. Spencer and Harriet mostly had their conversation via a messaging app and e-mail. However, Harriet and Spencer did have a phone call together, which made him trust that he was having an actual relationship with Katy Perry. Unfortunately, they did not use a video chat like Skype or else he could have found out the truth about the imposter. But, there is a caveat to that as well, it is technically possible to actually alter a video to make a person look like someone else.
It was revealed to Spencer that he was talking to Harriet posing as Katy Perry and not the singer herself in an online MTV show called Catfish. It was also revealed on the show that Harriet, a lesbian with a fake profile, had actually started developing a genuine friendship with Spencer. She had stopped communicating with Spencer when he wanted to take the relationship to the next step. However, she apologized to Spencer on the show.
“For me it was enjoyable. But there’s also that kind of realization that I’ve lost myself in that. I just got to a point to where I couldn’t imagine like not talking to you. I’ve been through some tough times throughout the time we’ve been talking the past six years. Like my dad died two years ago.”
The host of the show had reprimanded Harriet for her actions.
“And you (Harriet) need to start thinking about the fact that this is the actual human being. As weird and crazy as he might be, (he) has a heart and was giving it to you 100 percent for six years of his life. For both of you, there’s some self reflection that needs to happen.”
However, looks like all’s well that ends well considering the truth about Harriet is out and Spencer can now move on. The icing on the cake is that Katy Perry has herself acknowledged the issue of catfish as a bigger problem than just this incident.
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