That Time Troye Sivan Got Catfished by 'Greta Thunberg'

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Troye Sivan performs live on stage at Cine Joia on April 3, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Everyone knows what it's like to see people misrepresenting themselves online. But for pop star Troye Sivan, one person in particular managed to make him believe that they were someone else entirely.

In a "storytime" video posted on his Twitter, Sivan recalled a time when he and his manager were catfished by a person claiming to be Greta Thunberg and her father. The situation started, he said in his video, when a man claiming to be Thunberg's father Svante got in touch with his manager. "[My manager Dani]'s like, 'Greta's a huge fan, and she's working on this thing called Stars Save the Earth,'" he recalled. "My immediate reaction was, 'OK, maybe that doesn't translate into English right because that sounds a little weird.'"

After being given a list of ideas from "Greta," including "swimming with sharks with Leo DiCaprio, save the animals in Africa with Prince Harry" and more, Sivan was given her number and messaged who he thought was Greta, saying, "Just wanted to say how incredible I think the work is that you're doing -- I'm so inspired by you ... here to help however I can."

Things came crashing down quickly, though, when Sivan's manager spoke to her boyfriend, who is Swedish, about Thunberg's father's poor English skills. He quickly flagged for her that she and Sivan were likely being catfished. "They go on YouTube and starting searching for interviews of Greta Thunberg's dad," he said. "And they listen to the interviews and Dani's like, 'That is not the voice that I heard on the phone today.'"

Turns out, the individuals speaking to Sivan were actually Russian hackers, who Sivan says also catfished Bernie Sanders and Prince Harry in order to get their phone numbers. But for Sivan, the whole exercise was a lesson in humility. "The fact that my ego was big enough to be like, 'Yeah, Greta Thunberg 100 percent just wants to chill, she's a big fan, we're gonna save the planet,'" he said, grinning. "It just completely mortified me and made me want to die, and also made me cry laughing."

Check out Sivan's full story below:


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