A First Dates contestant opened up about the moment her so-called 'friends' catfished her by pretending to be a guy called Will, who she met at her brother's birthday party.
Maria revealed to her date Albert how she had reached a 'really shit point' in her life before explaining that her former pals decided to text her, posing as a potential love interest.
Now, most people have friends who can be knobheads at times (I've been waiting for a runaway jacket for two years) but this is just horrendous.
Recalling the incident, Maria said: "I went out for my brother's birthday and the next day I got a text from Will and I was like, 'Sorry, who's this?'
"He was like, 'Oh, it's Will, you met me at your brother's 21st last night.'
"I was texting this Will and my pals at the time I was like, 'Oh, Will's coming tonight,' and they were like, 'We know.'
"I was like 'How do you know?' They went, 'Because we're Will.'
"I just didn't really understand how you can manipulate and make someone feel so small."
What an absolute bunch of horror bags to do that to Maria! People can be beyond cruel. Twats. #FirstDates
- Lindsay Hill (@Hillsangel) May 21, 2019
In her behind-the-scenes interview, Maria said: "I went home and I cried all the way home. How can you toy with my emotions like that?"
The incident seemed to bring her to tears once more, as she said: "Sorry, I never thought I'd get emotional about it, I haven't got emotional about it for so long."
Speaking to Albert, she continued: "They knew I wanted a boyfriend, they knew all my weaknesses, they were my best mates."
Albert interjected: "They were your best mates? Don't tell me they're your pals now?"
Maria confirmed that she doesn't speak to them any longer.
Rooting for this Maria and Albert, don't need shitty "friends" no chance, second you realise that you're thriving #firstdates
- riiiiiiianne (@ennairrianne) May 21, 2019
She added: "I feel like I became a much better person. I mean, I lost a lot of weight, I got my first boyfriend and I got a new job. They were all the things that were making me upset at the time."
Despite viewers rooting for the pair, Maria and Albert didn't end up pursuing a relationship together - even though they agreed to meet again.
The tagline 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."
We're just happy that she's happy. What a girl.
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