Sister Wives' Meri Brown's catfishing drama went way beyond being duped into believing her online admirer was male when he wasn't — the con artist even threatened to "damage" her family.
Brown spoken candidly, and emotionally, during the show's season finale on Sunday, Nov. 15, revealing that she felt lost and emotionally volatile when her daughter, Mariah, left for college, and it was that feeling of loneliness that drove her search out her online friend.
"Usually when people go through empty nest it's a couple doing it together," the 44-year-old revealed, with tears in her eyes. "In a plural situation that's not the case," she continued. "I'm in this place where I just feel alone, isolated, lonely.”
Her online chat sessions led her to become close to one person who she said "really made me trust him," and added that his compassionate, understanding nature drew her further into the web.
"I felt this release," she explained, talking to the camera. "It just felt really good to laugh."
When the 'man' started expressing love and attraction towards her, Brown says she felt flattered and confused.
"He was making me really start to feel love for who he was portraying himself to be," she admitted, but when she informed him she didn't want to act on her feelings, her online companion started getting pushy. Brown also started to notice a few holes in his story.
"There were times early on that I was talking to him that I knew he was just feeding me a line of bulls–t, and I chose to ignore it because I enjoyed just talking to somebody," she added.
As she started prying and asking questions, her supposed online admirer became less pleasant.
"When I would ask him about it he would flip out," she said. "He would be almost verbally abusive with me." He then began dropping hints that he had "technologically-savvy friends" who could do damage, saying they were someone nobody should ever miss with. That's when Brown discovered 'he' wasn't even male.
Despite speaking candidly about the situation on-screen, Brown was not yet shown making the admission to her family. Instead, viewers watched as she admitted there was something on her mind, but refused to give details, telling them, “I’m going to be doing something but I don’t know what it is that I need to do. Don't be surprised if I'm up and gone.”
Brown will reveal more about her horrific experience during Sister Wives: Tell All next Sunday, Nov. 22, when she'll appear on the two-hour special alongside ex-husband Kody and his new legal wife, Robyn, and his spritiual wife Janelle.
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