For six years, Casey Donovan believed she was in a relationship with a man named ‘Campbell’, only to cruelly discover her best friend Olga had been catfishing her.
And in her re-released memoir Big, Beautiful and Sexier, the former Australian Idol star details the heartbreaking moment she realised her romance was all a lie.
In an extract published in this week’s Sunday Life, the 30-year-old explained that it was her manager Jason Williamson who prompted her to finally seek the truth once and for all.
‘I broke down, sobbing’: Australian Idol star Casey Donovan spilled about the moment her manager helped her discover her six-year relationship was all a lie – and admitted she was ‘hanging on by a thread’ in a extracted from her book published in Sunday Life this week
Casey explained that after a particularly emotional performance, she came off-stage and confessed to Jason that she had never seen Campbell in real-life, despite years of ‘dating’.
Immediately, Jason has doubts of the existence of ‘Campbell’ and questioned whether he was really just Casey’s best friend Olga pretending to be him.
‘I started getting angry. Not at Jason, but at myself for being so stupid. I broke down, sobbing, the kind of sobbing that steals your breath away,’ Casey recalled of the eye-opening conversation.
Catfished: Casey was fooled by her friend Olga (pictured) into believing she was dating a man named ‘Campbell’ – a cruel hoax that lasted six years until the truth was discovered
Casey added that she told Jason: ‘I’ve lived this every day for the last six years. I know it sounds crazy. And now I don’t know what to do. I’m hanging on by a thread.’
Determined to find out the truth once and for all, Jason informed the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star that they were going to Campbell’s house and see if he existed.
With Jason’s partner Chris in tow, they headed to the apartments where Campbell supposedly lived, only to confirm Casey’s worst fears: her so-called ‘ boyfriend’ was not real.
Friend in need! Casey’s manager Jason Williamson (right) helped her face the heartbreaking truth that her boyfriend ‘Campbell’ did not exist
Casey has been open about the heartbreaking experience in the past – and shared that she spoke to Campbell/Olga regularly on the phone over the course of their relationship but excuses were always made as to why they couldn’t meet.
‘Olga’ even managed to convince Casey that the fictional Campbell wanted the two women to have sex, which Casey was coerced into doing.
In 2014, Casey told Daily Mail Australia it had been ‘extremely difficult’ to get over the emotional trauma of the experience, but that she has now moved on.
‘That’s life, that’s moving on and growing strong as a person,’ she said. ‘Things happen, s*** happens and you can get stuck in it, or you can move forward.’
‘Things happen, s*** happen’: In 2014, Casey told Daily Mail Australia it had been ‘extremely difficult’ to get over the emotional trauma of the experience, but that she has now moved on.