Selena Gomez Caught in the Middle of Bizarre Catfish-Style Scheme
You've probably heard of 'Catfish' the TV show. But we bet you haven't heard of one of the real-life 'Catfish'-style schemes that took place recently without cameras rolling ... and at Selena Gomez's house.
A 16-year-old Selenator named Viana Janae Jones began what she thought was an online friendship with the Disney alum, even receiving a backstage pass in the mail.
"Back in January, I began corresponding with someone whom I thought was Selena Gomez," Jones revealed to Radar Online. "She reached out to me and said she saw my dance videos online and wanted me to work on her tour as one of her backup dancers."
The girls' alleged correspondence continued from there, culminating with who Jones believed to be Gomez inviting her for a girls' weekend at her home.
However, when Jones and her mom spent hundreds of dollars to make the trip, it was all a hoax by Jones' bitter ex-boyfriend -- who she, in true demonstration of class and maturity, refused to name.
Just as Jones was pulling up to Gomez's house, she received an email from the unidentified jerk telling her how stupid she was to think she could befriend the 'Come & Get It' singer. However, Jones had made the trip, so she rang Gomez's intercom anyway. “I tried to explain everything that happened without coming off as a crazy fan. She hung up before I could finish explaining, which made my stomach turn,” Jones admitted.
However, shortly thereafter, Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefey, came out to see what was going on. “She was very sweet and sympathetic," Jones said of Teefey. "We had brought Selena a birthday present, and we also brought gifts for her newborn sister. Though we were glad her mom accepted the gifts, we left humiliated and didn't get to meet Selena."
Soruces close to Gomez confirmed that the incident did in fact happen. Still, Jones isn't completely disillusioned.
“I haven’t heard from Selena or her mom, but I haven’t lost hope that I’ll meet her one day.”