Have you ever been catfished? Even if this horrible thing has never happened to you, chances are you’ve seen the popular documentary Catfish or the MTV reality show of the same name. It’s no secret that this basically never works out. It’s not a great start to a love story when one person lies about everything. But there’s one Catfish story that has the best ending ever and you need to know about it.
- Yes, this is real. This past October, The Atlantic published a story called “A Catfishing With A Happy Ending” and it’s pretty unbelievable. Thirtysomething Emma Perrier, who lives in England, thought that she found love on a dating app, Zoosk. She was talking to a guy named Ronaldo Scicluna (“Ronnie” for short) who was an Italian electrician.
- Well, that’s who she thought that she was talking to. It was really a fiftysomething man named Alan Stanley who was using pictures of a model. Oops.
- There’s nothing more horrifying than learning that the guy that you’ve been chatting with online has been totally made up by someone else. Even just hearing about it secondhand brings a serious chill down your spine. Like all of the catfish stories on the MTV show, this one has a lot of emotions and a real explanation behind it.
- Why did Alan do it? He was feeling super sad after his divorce and figured that this was something that he should do. He had also done it before. As he told The Atlantic, “Catfishing is prevalent across the Internet. Everyone does catfishing.” Well, if everyone does it… Most catfishers talk about feeling alone and not being able to date because they couldn’t truly be themselves or show their real selves to the world. So this part of the story feels common.
- But, nope, it’s not over, and it’s not even close to a typical tale. Emma wasn’t going to rest until she literally tracked down the guy in the photos and met him. She just had a feeling. She discovered that the photos were of a model from Turkey named Adem Guzel. They met cute an airport in London when he traveled to see her and kissed and that was it. Now they’re not only together but have been living together for six months. Yes. Seriously.
- Emma said in the article that she loves all things romance and it definitely seems like things worked out pretty well for her. She told The Daily Mirror, “My Catfish became Cupid.” Some people might argue that Emma was pretty naive and innocent and that she should have been more careful before getting involved with an older man who was lying to her about his identity, but who’s to say that you wouldn’t find yourself in the same situation? You definitely try to protect yourself and be safe, but when you’re online dating, you’re talking to strangers. Until you meet in person, you never really know who they are. It’s a chilling thought… but that doesn’t make it any less true.
- Of course, this isn’t what happens every time that someone gets catfished. It actually never, ever happens. It just proves that you literally never know who you’re going to meet and that your one true love could be someone that you never even expected. It’s all a certain combination of fate and luck and chemistry, and for Emma and Adem, that’s exactly what they have.