Nikki Gogan ‘catfished’ after The Bachelor
WE WERE all united in our outrage when Nikki Gogan was dumped on national TV by Richie Strahan in the 2016 Bachelor finale.
Making it through until the very end - only to be pipped at the post by another woman - was traumatic enough for the Perth real estate agent.
But what came next was even more shocking.
In a new interview, Gogan, 30, claimed that she was "catfished" for eight months after appearing on the reality TV show. (FYI - catfishing refers to someone who pretends to be someone they're not in order to trick a potential love interest.)
Speaking to New Idea , the reality TV contestant explained that she'd been working in her home town when she was contacted by "Matthew", a prospective buyer. He showed plenty of interest, attending at least four property inspections, and claimed to be a developer.
Each time she saw him, he was driving a different luxury car, and even drove Gogan around showing off what he claimed were his properties.
It wasn't long before the pair started dating. Matthew spent Christmas with her family, and lavished her with expensive gifts - which she now believes are fake.
Gogan said she had "no reason not to believe what I was seeing and being told".
"But I was very wrong. It makes you really wonder how trusting you are when you realise how you accepted this big, elaborate story that ended up having so many holes."
The lie lasted a whole eight months before Gogan began to realise she was being deceived.
Matthew then broke up with her, and some time later, during a chance meeting with another woman in Perth, they realised they'd fallen victim to the same man.
According to New Idea, Matthew isn't a property developer, but a restaurant chef. It's believed he's a serial conman and regularly targets the same type of women.
Gogan isn't the only celebrity to be preyed on by a catfisher.
In 2014, former Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan made headlines when she revealed she'd been in a relationship with a man for six years, only to discover he never actually existed.