Yesterday a woman captured hearts by launching a moving video appeal to find the father of her unborn child. Now, it has revealed it was a hoax to promote Mooloolaba, on Australia’s sunshine coast. Natalie Amyot asked social media to help her find “the really cute guy” she met at a party on the last night of her holiday.
But a day after the video was released, another clip was uploaded to her YouTube channel in which she admitted the appeal was actually a marketing ploy set up by Sunny Coast Social Media in Queensland.
The new clip opens with the 26-year-old announcing:
“I found him”, before stepping aside for the social media company’s owner Andy Sellar.
“This has been a viral video for Holiday Mooloolaba. My name is Andy Sellar and I own a company called Sunny Coast social mediaWe do viral videos for businesses. Now I know there is going to be a lot of you that are upset by this… maybe not too happy.
“But this young lady was just a volunteer in this. I did all the Facebook, the YouTube, I did all the answering. She had nothing to do with that, she literally was just an actress.”
Mr Sellar goes on to reveal why he had engaged in such a campaign.
“We just wanted to put Mooloolaba on the map because it’s a wonderful place. So thank you for watching and we are going to do many, many more videos like this,” he explained.
Earlier on Wednesday, speculation was mounting about whether or not Ms Amyot was real and if her story was fake after she refused to reveal the name of her one-night stand.