I was falling for someone I'd met online – but then his sister told me the truth about him

AFTER dating the same man for 19 years, a woman decided to try her hand at online dating following a divorce at 40 – but she was in for a shocking twist.

When Samantha Priestley finally found someone she was interested in, she was shocked to learn that everything he had told her about himself may have been a lie.


When she started online dating, Priestley was frustrated by her lack of success.

In a Metro UK article, she wrote that most of the men were just interested in hooking up and sending nude photos. Some were even already married.

So she was excited when she received a message from a man she felt a connection with.

He told her he was a filmmaker and asked to meet in person two weeks after they began messaging.

When she arrived at the date, Priestley was a bit disappointed to find that the man was shorter than his profile said, and didn't look much like he did in his photos.

She decided to continue with the date anyway, seeing as he already bought them tickets for the theatre and she liked his personality.

He told her more about his film company, and then showed her professional photos of himself he had brought along.

When she asked what the photos were, Priestley said her date said, "I just thought you might like them."

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He also told her that his last girlfriend had been a pornstar in LA, and had died from HIV.

At this point, Priestley wasn't sure that she believed all of his stories.

But they progressively became more outlandish, as he told her he was once shot in a robbery at a 7/11.

After the date, Priestley decided to ghost him.

She was surprised when a few days later, she got a random Facebook message from a woman claiming she was her date's sister.

She told Priestley that her brother actually still lived at home with his mom, worked in a discount store and had just recovered from cancer.

She said that he used the 7/11 gunshot story to explain his cancer scar.

She told Priestley that he had a history of lying to women he went on dates with, including telling the 7/11 story, so she just wanted to make sure Priestley knew the whole truth.

Priestley brought up the pornstar girlfriend, and her date's sister said that she'd never heard him tell that story before. She also mentioned that he often made up stories on the spot.

The sister said her intentions were simply to make sure that any woman dating her brother knew the full truth about his life and personality.

This experience, and online dating in general, made Priestley even more hesitant to stay on dating apps.

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"I continued trawling the dating sites after thisbut with even more of a skewed perception of men and life, and went on more disastrous dates with men who looked nothing like their online photos," she wrote.

Priestley added that she is now in a happy relationship again, and does not miss her dating days.


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