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We asked you guys send us your stories about fake girlfriends and fake boyfriends (in the wake of the news that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend was not real—whether he knew or it was a hoax is still unclear).
Reasons range from societal pressure in Egypt to being gay in high school. Keep them coming, submit to the Ask box or email email@example.com.
We’ll keep updating this article.
There is and will be lots to be said about the Manti Te’o story, but one thing we’ve heard is that fake girlfriends and boyfriends aren’t all that uncommon. Some people make them up because they’re gay and in high school, not ready to come out. Others do it due to family pressure. We’d like to publish a collection of real, honest stories from people who have, at one point in their life, told someone about a significant other who was not real. If you’d like yours to be included, send us a short description or story to the Ask box, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to remain Anonymous, say so. If you’d like your name and location published, tell us that too.