THE CATFISH: Matt, who has been in an online relationship with Kim for ten years, has confided in her, helped her cope with heartbreak, but refuses to meet in person or show her recent pictures. Matt is truthful about his identity but keeps Kim in the dark by omitting key details of his identity.
WHY HE DID IT: Obesity, and low self-esteem. Matt says he was afraid to meet Kim, and has only shown her pictures of himself from years ago, when he was thinner. It turns out that Matt’s weight and his self-consciousness about it—”I didn’t feel like a person,” he says—kept him thinking that he wanted to meet Kim only after he lost weight.