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As a professional dating expert, I help people find the love of their lives. But even I was sucked by a cruel catfish for six years – this is how I discovered the truth and turned the tables on the charlatan who deceived me too


A dating expert has revealed how she was catfished for six years by a handsome stranger who claimed to be a high-flying developer who drove a Ferrari and offered to buy her a $4 million house.

Professional matchmaker Louanne Ward exposed her ex-lover Mitchell* as a penniless chef who cheated on his long-term girlfriend with two other women and drove a red Honda he called a ‘Ferrari’.

Louanne was living in Perth with her teenage son in 2018 when Mitchell found her professional Facebook profile and messaged her: “You’re so beautiful. You look familiar, have we met?’

Three days earlier, she had met three men outside a sandwich maker in the business concourse at Sydney Airport and asked if he was one of the men.

Mitchell replied, «Yes, he was.»

Both were in their forties and the relationship was rapidly escalating; he lived in Sydney, so they only saw each other in person three times in their six years together, but Louanne didn’t mind.

«I’ve been following dreams and goals and things I want to do and I actually preferred to travel to Sydney, spend two weeks with him and come back to Perth,» she told Daily Mail Australia.

Louanne Ward (pictured) is a professional matchmaker who was lied to by her ex-boyfriend for six years.

Despite rarely seeing each other, they kept the romance alive with daily declarations of love and all the steamy texts one would expect from lovers on opposite sides of the country.

He sent her so many pictures of his penis that she had to ask him to stop. He also insisted that he was a wealthy businessman who had successfully invested in cryptocurrencies and offered to buy her a house for $4 million, which she refused.

But that all changed in May when Louanne stumbled upon Mitchell’s longtime girlfriend’s Instagram page and saw a series of photos of them together over the past six years.

There were pictures of them on international holidays, and Louanne realized that there were items in the woman’s Instagram photos that appeared in the footage Mitchell sent her.

«I was going through her profiles and trying to put the links in place, and they clicked,» she said.

«I found myself getting catfished because he pretended to be someone he wasn’t and every time I asked him if he was seeing someone, he turned me on.

She confronted him about it and he was forced to clarify that he had actually been with the woman for eight years on Instagram and was dating a third woman at the same time.

Louanne felt embarrassed and ashamed that she—as a matchmaker and relationship expert—had been drawn into Mitchell’s web of lies for six years, but decided to share her story because she knows her experience is all too common.

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«Since all this has come out, so many people have said, ‘Oh my God, that happened to me too,'» she said.

“And they are not weak bricklayers – they are strong and durable. The opposite of betrayal is support, and that’s what I want to do for people.»

Louanne Ward's ex had been seeing another woman for eight years - and was shocked to find out it was the other woman.  Mitchell* sent Louanne this photo of him with a Ferrari, saying he bought a new car

Louanne Ward’s ex had been seeing another woman for eight years — and was shocked to find out it was the other woman. Mitchell* sent Louanne this photo of him with a Ferrari, saying he bought a new car

In reality, Mitchell was driving a red Honda he called a

In reality, Mitchell was driving a red Honda he called a «Ferrari» (pictured)

‘Our Love Story’

Louanne thought her love story with Mitchell began when he texted her after meeting her at the airport.

«I work in romance, so for me that was the beginning of our love story,» she said.

She later found out Mitchell wasn’t one of the men at the airport – his message was spam to her, but he jumped at the chance to make a connection when she asked.

During their first interview, he told her he lived in Sydney but owned a house in the upscale Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove, where he planned to move permanently.

He said he wanted to retire early because he had made a lot of money and wanted to enjoy it, and he had one development left to complete, which was about three months away.

After that they FaceTimed and texted each other about everything – lust turned to love and he started saying things like, ‘You’re the girl for me, you’re the only girl I’ll ever marry’.

She liked that he seemed to have a life of his own in Sydney, and without much of a physical relationship, they connected on a deep and intellectual level.

Alarm bells started ringing after they first met in Sydney in 2019: they spent an afternoon together and he promised to return to her hotel in the evening but haunted her for two days.

Once she was back in Perth, he told her he was in hospital and couldn’t text her because he was ‘concentrating on healing’.

He then stood her up twice more, but she said he always talked her out of it.

Louanne could never prove that his excuses were false and she loved him so it was hard to be as critical as she would be if this happened to a friend or client.

Mitchell kept telling Louanne he was going to move to Perth and marry her (lyrics pictured)

Mitchell kept telling Louanne he was going to move to Perth and marry her (lyrics pictured)

At one stage, Mitchell offered to buy Louanne a house for $4 million, even though he wasn't rich at all.

At one stage, Mitchell offered to buy Louanne a house for $4 million, even though he wasn’t rich at all.

False promises

Louanne was initially happy with their long-distance arrangement; however, as their relationship progressed, Mitchell kept promising to move to Perth, and she wanted him to keep his word.

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They saw each other in person one more time before the outbreak of the Covid pandemic and the closure of WA’s borders, which meant he didn’t have to make up reasons why he couldn’t see her for two years.

Throughout the pandemic, he kept assuring her that they would be together and live «the most beautiful life» once the state borders reopened and his development was over.

But it never happened.

WhatsApp messages show Louanne asking him why they can’t be together and asking him if he’s seeing someone.

«I gave him the opportunity to tell me he had someone in his life because I looked at the situation logically and it didn’t make sense that we wouldn’t be together after Covid,» she said.

«I told him, ‘The only thing that makes sense is that you have a partner, and I want you to know that I get that and I do.’

In 2022, when the pandemic was over, she reached a boiling point and told him, ‘I’m not sure where the truth lies, but none of what you promised me turned out to be true.’

He replied, «I never gave up on our dream sweetheart Louanne.»

She said: ‘This is too painful, enough is enough. You are not, have not done and will not do anything to achieve (this)… the idea of ​​a happy relationship is outweighed by the reality of one.”

He said: ‘I WILL Louanne… I will try to get to WA so I can live so I can be with you and love you and hold you xxxxxx.’

Every time she asked him if he was seeing someone, he denied it and quickly turned the conversation to sex.

Every time Louanne tried to ask Mitchell why he wouldn't move in to be with her, he turned the conversation to sex.

Every time Louanne tried to ask Mitchell why he wouldn’t move in to be with her, he turned the conversation to sex.

Over the past six years, she has sent him numerous messages asking if she is seeing someone - he has always denied it

Over the past six years she has sent him numerous messages asking if he was seeing someone – he has always denied it

The love triangle

Louanne found out Mitchell was cheating on her by accident when she was looking for a gift for a friend and came across the deal on Instagram.

The owner of the store was a woman who was pictured with Mitchell at various locations and over several years.

«I’m looking at pictures of her on Instagram and I look back at the pictures that he sent me and there’s her hat in the background and there’s a lady’s shoe in the background of another picture that I never noticed,» Louanne said.

Louanne realized that the intimate photos he sent her were taken in his girlfriend’s bathroom.

She also pieced together news from another point in their relationship when he hadn’t spoken to her in a few weeks. He told her he flew to New York for business, but Instagram revealed he was actually vacationing with his main girlfriend.

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Louanne recorded a video confronting Mitchell and asking him to explain the situation.

He admitted on the phone that he has another love interest, describing her as a ‘lover of yesteryear’.

She replied, «How fast are the times?»

He said, ‘Well, we’ve been on and off for 10 years.’

When Mitchell told Louanne that he was ‘pretty sure’ he knew about the other woman, she exploded because he had spent so long denying it and had previously made her feel bad for asking the question.

She later found out that Mitchell also had a third wife.

Mitchell apologized profusely and told Louanne that he was a ‘despicable person’, but she didn’t believe he meant it.

Louanne confronted Mitchell and he asked her to forgive him.  He said his behavior was

Louanne confronted Mitchell and he asked her to forgive him. He said his behavior was «despicable»

Louanne spent six years trying to come to terms with the fact that Mitchell lied to her

Louanne spent six years trying to come to terms with the fact that Mitchell lied to her

Truth

Louanne finally decided to reach out to Mitchell’s girlfriend because she knew he was still lying to her and would probably cheat on her again.

The girlfriend explained that she had been with Mitchell for eight years and had previously caught him cheating.

He told the last woman he had a lot of money—just like he told Louanne.

When asked if Mitchell drove a Ferrari, she laughed and explained that she had no money, everything he knew about cryptocurrency came from her, and the «Ferrari» was actually a red Honda.

Louanne realized that Mitchell had never intended to move to Perth, owned any property, traveled abroad or intended to marry her.

He was just a serial cheater who stole six years of her life.

«What I struggle with are the opportunities I lost when I saw men who were genuine and interested,» she said.

«I’m a matchmaker and I know the sexual value of women in their forties and fifties and he stole those years from me.»

Louanne felt like she had been lied to by Mitchell and felt ashamed because her friends tried to tell her that she wasn’t who she seemed to be.

«If it happened to a friend or a client, I could see it right away, but I didn’t see it happening to me,» she said.

Through talking to others, she realized that many people—both men and women—had similar stories, but didn’t talk about them because they were ashamed.

She decided that posting her own horror story would help others understand that what happened to them wasn’t their fault – they were just being lied to.

*Name has been changed.



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