A glamorous motorcyclist was exposed as a middle-aged man using a photo editing app to gain social media followers.
The 50-year-old man, referred to only as Zonggu, reportedly admitted that he used apps to look like a “younger, beautiful woman” in order to gain popularity online and increase engagements on his posts .
He allegedly said no one wanted to see “an old uncle”.
The Japanese rider, who uses the @azusagakuyuki handle on Twitter, reached a fan base of nearly 18,000 with photos in a motorcycle jacket or on his bike.
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Eagle eye fans began to suspect something was wrong when one of the images showed a mirror reflection with another face.
Fans also noted a “masculine-looking hairy arm”. the Daily Mail reports.
A Japanese entertainment television show managed to track him down and he revealed his true identity in what has been dubbed the “ultimate catfish”.
In catfishing, a person creates a fictional person or a fake identity on a social networking platform.
Zonggu said he enjoyed becoming an online celebrity and currently has more than 18,000 followers on Twitter.
A tweet continues today showing a photo of a young woman.