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Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley were victims of a horrible hoax.
The famous couple recently opened up about forming a fake online relationship with a mother in need, who said that her daughter was dying of cancer. However, as time went on (and more emotions became invested), the country crooner and the actress found out that there was never a dying daughter.
And as you may already know, that's not the first (or the last) hoax in Hollywood.
Whether it's a prank played by the celebs or on the celebs, a number of stars have been involved with some sort of deception. Take these seven other instances, for example...
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1. PSY Look-Alike: Denis Carré, a 34-year-old business consultant from Ireland, pulled a fast one during the Cannes Film Festival, when he pretended to be the Korean rapper and managed to finagle his way into numerous star-studded events in France. It was only a matter of time before the fraudster's hijacks drew the attention of the real PSY, however, who tweeted: "Seems like there's another ME at cannes…say Hi to him."
2. Kyle Massey's Cancer Diagnosis: Death hoaxes are probably one of the most common in Hollywood, but the former Dancing With the Stars competitor was recently faced with numerous rumors claiming he was diagnosed with cancer. That wasn't the case at all, and the actor spoke out on the matter, calling the hoax "classless" and "insensitive."
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3. Manti Te'o's "Girlfriend": This one was a doozy! The Notre Dame linebacker spent much of last fall talking about how his grandmother and girlfriend both died on Sept. 11, 2012, a story that generated plenty of weepy headlines in the lead-up to the National Championship Game. Problem was, an investigation by Deadspin.com revealed Manti's gal-pal, Lennay Kekua, never existed.
"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online," Te'o said in a statement to media outlets.
"We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating."
4. Kate Middleton's Prank Call: Unfortunately, some hoaxes have really tragic endings. The staff at a London hospital—where a pregnant Kate Middleton was being treated for an acute form of morning sickness—was fooled into releasing private information about Kate's condition to a prank caller impersonating Queen Elizabeth II.
The tricksters, 2Day Australian radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian, apologized for their actions, but that couldn't stop what happened next. The nurse who unwittingly transferred the prank call from the Australian radio hosts was found dead.
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5. Twerking Gone Wrong Right: Jimmy Kimmel was the prank war champion after this one. A viral video titled "Worst Twerk Fail Ever," which snagged more than 9 million views and generated interest from the media, showed a young woman whose ill-fated attempt at twerking resulted in setting herself on fire. Viewers were shocked as to what they saw, but apparently, it was all fake. During Kimmel's late-night TV show, the host interviewed the Kansas City native who stars in the clip, Caitlin Heller, and revealed that he set the whole thing up.
6. Bieber's Publicity Stunt: Justin Bieber took promoting a new single to the next level. After two days of anonymous Twitter threats from an alleged backstage thief who stole the singer's laptop and threatened to release a nude picture of the celeb, fans found out that the entire set up was to release his music video for "Beauty and a Beat."
7. Fifty Shades of Bomer? Fans were extra-excited after seeing an Entertainment Weekly cover showcasing Matt Bomer's beautiful blue eyes and flawless face above the headline "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Wait Is Over" which allegedly leaked to the Internet, but it turned out the cover was simply a convincing hoax.
"Matt Bomer talks about changing the white collar for a grey tie," the fan-Photoshopped cover read, implying that the White Collar star locked down the role of Christian Grey, the mysterious millionaire and male lead in E.L. James' best-seller.
However, as we all know by now, that role was given to Jamie Dornan.