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Irish Mirror
Roisin Butler

The 2 Johnnies share update on 'catfishing' ordeal as same woman targets 40 people including GAA and media stars

The 2 Johnnies comedy duo have said that the person responsible for catfishing them via Instagram has targeted countless people on the app.

Host Johnny O’ Brien, also known as Johnny B, had previously shared his experience of being catfished by a woman he had met on Instagram with listeners of their well known podcast.

His repeated attempts to meet up with this person always failed at the last minute, leading him to eventually suspect something was amiss.

READ MORE: RTE and The 2 Johnnies star Johnny B reveals shock and upset after being 'catfished' by a woman he met online

In the second instalment of the catfishing saga, the two friends sat down to discuss the situation in further detail, accompanied by occupational psychologist Louize Carroll, who offered some insights as to why catfishing - a practice online where people pretend to be someone entirely different, often through the use of photos- occurs.

Johnny B said that the fake accounts that contacted him lead back to a woman named Nicki, who they believe has created these personas to connect with figures, such as GAA players, in the past.

“She has used these accounts to catfish approximately 40 men from all four provinces. No one has been asked for money,” Johnny B said of the trickery.

The 2 Johnnies team revealed that they had invested time and finances in tracking down the culprit after a woman got in touch with them via email, claiming her photos had been doctored by the fake account.

The two friends spent €79 on an image search app that helps identify people in photos, but failed to source them. They believe that the woman who reached out may have been the person behind the bizarre scheme seeking further attention.

Louize says that the appeal behind catfishing is often a product of a condition called erotomania, which refers to obsession over someone in the public eye.

She believes some people are more inclined to get drawn in by catfishing due to their personal circumstances.

“You might have a need to connect emotionally when you’re in a more vulnerable stage of your life. It’s important to have a network around you who can detect that something is amiss when situations like these arise,” she says.

The excuses made to Johnny B each time he tried to meet up with the individual ranged from a family bereavement to falling into a diabetic coma.

The podcasting pair remained upbeat despite the drama, revealing that they felt akin to Ted Hastings throughout the investigation.

Louize concluded the segment by expressing sympathy for those who engage in catfishing and encouraged them to try find more meaningful connections in their day to day life.

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