Casey Donovan's catfisher forced her to have sex with his female "friend".

This story was originally published in 2015. 

Casey Donovan was engaged and madly in love when she learned her partner of six years didn’t actually exist.

In an article for the latest issue of Take 5 magazine, the former Australian Idol winner has recounted her horrendous experience of being catfished by ‘Campbell’, who came into her life after calling her phone out of the blue and claiming a friend of a friend had passed on her number.

Although Donovan was enraged to have been called by a total stranger, they ended up speaking for an hour that night. Campbell remained in contact via phone and online, and over time Donovan developed serious feelings for him.

When Campbell finally agreed to meet Donovan after months of making excuses, the singer was “shocked” to find a woman there in his place. “She introduced herself as Olga, a friend of Campbell’s who I had spoken to over the phone before. ‘Campbell’s too drunk to drive so he’s sent me,’ she said,” Donovan, now 27, recounts in her article in Take 5.

Donovan in her Australian Idol days, 2004. (Getty)


The situation took an even more bizarre turn when, during a phone call at a later date, Campbell instructed Donovan to have sex with Olga, whom she had developed a friendship with. Although she was angry at first, she eventually relented.

"He kept on at me until I said I would. I wasn't attracted to women and felt completely used afterwards, but I figured it was worth it to impress my online boyfriend," Donovan writes.

For six years she continued to speak to Campbell, even though the pair still hadn't met in person, and they eventually became engaged. However, 'Campbell''s mystery unravelled when Donovan found his SIM card on Olga's floor and began second guessing his actions.

A year later, the disturbing truth emerged. "Olga finally admitted she had been Campbell all along. It felt like my heart had been ripped out of my body," Donovan recalls. (Post continues after gallery.)


Devastated and craving physical contact, the then-24-year-old signed up for a dating website and began sleeping with men to build herself up.

"I'd never slept with a man before so I was like a kid in a candy store. It wasn't long before I fell into a cycle of meeting up with random men I'd met online and sleeping with them," she writes for Take 5. Eventually she put a stop to this behaviour, deciding it was doing her soul "more harm than good".

Fortunately, Donovan's been able to move past her horrifying catfishing experience, which she first revealed in her autobiography Big, Beautiful and Sexy. She says she's healthier and happier than ever before, and has just been cast in a production of Rent.

This is an enormously positive step forward, especially considering Donovan's musical career came to a halt when the buzz and spoils of her 2004 Idol win came to "a crashing halt".

Donovan has been cast in a production of the musical Rent. (Getty)


"My record label dropped me from their roster and the invitations to star-studded events quickly dried up... I took a position as a medical receptionist at a doctor's office," she writes in Take 5.

"'Aren't you Casey Donovan?' patients often asked me. I would smile and nod politely as I processed their urine samples. But at that point, I barely knew who I was any more."

We're glad things are looking up for Donovan these days, and can't wait to see where her beautiful voice and remarkable talent takes her.

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