It was heartbreak and cruelty on the latest episode of "Catfish: The TV Show" when 18-year-old Aaliyah finally met her online love of the past 10 months. For nearly a year, she'd been in a relationship with Alicia, who only lived 70 blocks away. But the two had never met.
Over the course of their relationship, Aaliyah had sent Alicia a total of $600, plus an iPhone. She also paid for the phone's service, despite the fact that Aaliyah was struggling financially herself. So Nev Schulman and Max Joseph did what they do and discovered that at least Alicia was who she said she was. She just wasn't in love with Aaliyah. She wasn't even a lesbian.
"All I have to say, girl, is if I wanted to meet you, we stay in the same city! I would've made that happen," Alicia told Aaliyah. She admitted that it had all been a con to get money out of Aaliyah. When Aaliyah was struggling to understand what she was hearing, Alicia started laughing in her face. "Oh my God," she said. "It was a lie. What?"
"Do you know you ruined my life?" Aaliyah asked, but Alicia only laughed harder. After that, Aaliyah broke down in tears while Alicia continued to laugh.
Alicia explained to Max and Nev that she considers manipulating people into giving her money her full-time job. After that, though, Alicia surprisingly said that she did feel bad about what she'd done. She said she cared for Aaliyah -- but only as a friend. Aaliyah let her keep the phone, but stopped paying for the service.
Writing for MTV's Remote Control, Matthew Scott Donnelly thought the whole thing was "painful to watch." He added that Aaliyah's heartbreak was heart-wrenching.
More lies and emotional confrontations occur every week on "Catfish: The TV Series," Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
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