A Knoxville man thought he was talking to Katy Perry for six years online, only to discover that he had been 'Catfished.'
Spencer Morrill reached out to the TV show "Catfish" after claiming to be in an online relationship with pop singer Katy Perry for 6 years, Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Morrill claimed that he and Perry spoke online every day, but once he tried to take their relationship to the next level and meet in person, she cut off communication with him. That was when he reached out to the show's producers to see if they could set up a meeting.
According to the show's website:
In each episode, with the guidance and help of the star of the "Catfish" movie, Nev Schulman, and his filmmaking pal, Max Joseph, a hopeful romantic partner will go on an emotional journey to discover the truth about their significant other. Has that object of affection been telling the truth? Will true love truly blossom? When that fateful knock on the front door finally comes - only one thing is certain - that these incredible voyages will be filled with mystery, uncertainty, forgiveness, joy, and sometimes, even shocking revelations.
The producers took Morrill all the way to England where they had tracked the IP address of the person sending emails to him.
"Spencer, nothing would make me happier than bringing you to meet Katy Perry, but I mean, it's a real stretch," said Schulman.
Morrill revealed he had made a diamond ring for Perry out of an emerald his great grandmother had given him along with a diamond he purchased using 25 percent of his life savings.
But Morrill was in for quite a shock when a woman named Harriet turned out to be the one who had been emailing him.
"Do you have anything to say to me?" Morrill asked.
"No. I'm sorry, I guess," Harriet said. Harriet then claimed to be a lesbian and obsessed with Perry, so she adopted Perry's persona online, and followed the singer's life while pretending to be her to the unsuspecting Morrill.
Morrill initially didn't want to believe that he had been "Catfished," but eventually accepted the truth.
The next day, Morrill met up with Harriet again and she apologized further, claiming she had enjoyed talking to him and didn't want to end that communication. "I'm like genuinely sorry," she added, "I can't change what I did, but I understand that it was really wrong."
Morrill claims that he will move on. "I'll be okay," he said, "I'll be fine. The bad's in the past. What's ahead will be good."