Updated on Apr 5, 2019. Posted on Apr 2, 2019

    This Woman Admitted To Hiring Someone To “Trap” Her Boyfriend And The Plot Twist Went Viral

    “This video pretty much sums up mercury in retrograde.”

    So by now, you may have seen these two people who appeared on Snapchat’s popular relationship show Second Chance. The show is designed to reconnect past lovers looking to give their love...a second chance.

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    And, if you haven’t seen the episode that came out last week, here’s a quick rundown of what happened. Grab some popcorn.

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    Alysha Bush, 23, and Kourbine Lee, 23, dated from January 2017 until June 2018 after meeting at a mall in Arizona. Because Kourbine was based in California and Alysha was a student athlete in Arizona, theirs was a long-distance relationship.

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    For the most part, the couple made it work. Alysha told BuzzFeed News: “We got along really well in the beginning, we just clicked, we became like best friends.”

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    But over time, the relationship became more challenging with the distance and lack of communication creating a divide.

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    “We were already so far apart, there was just lack of communication, we were subliminally trying to make each other jealous over social media. I went to Vegas with him and his family friends and he was very distant from me, he was looking and kind of hitting on other girls in front of me in Vegas,” said Alysha.

    Feeling unsure about their relationship, and prompted by what she called “red flags”, Alysha recruited Paula Contento, who was a member of the same gym her boyfriend went to, to approach him and see if he would cheat. Alysha paid Paula $50 (£38.16) for her services.

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    She told BuzzFeed News: “I went on Instagram and I found Paula because she worked out at the same LA Fitness that he did so I reached out to her and I was like ‘hey girl, i’m at this point in my relationship where I really just think he’s cheating on me and I just want to catch him because there’s been all these suspicious things that he’s done and red flags that i’ve been putting up with for the longest time and it’s been months now so I just want to catch him. I will cash app you $50, just help a sister out.’ And she was like ‘sure, girl, I feel you on that, I’ll see if I can get him to do something.’”

    Paula reported back to Alysha to confirm that Kourbine had taken the bait. “I just remember her telling me that they were communicating and then she told me they went on a date — she was like ‘sorry, girl, to tell you this but he took me out last night and then we hooked up’, I was so mad,” Alysha said.

    The cheating allegation — amongst other things — resulted in an abrupt end to the relationship, initiated by Alysha. But after five months apart, the couple reunited for the Snapchat show.

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    Kourbine told BuzzFeed News: “I decided to go on the show because we never talked out what happened with Paula, we just swept it under the rug and it never got fixed, which isn’t healthy, obviously.”

    During their sit-down, Alysha put the allegations to Kourbine, who maintained his innocence, and insisted that his relationship with Paula was strictly work related. (Basically, Kourbine said he trained Paula in exchange for exposure on her social media platforms.) Unconvinced, Alysha looped in Paula for back-up and to corroborate the story.

    Here’s the thing, IT NEVER HAPPENED. Paula admitted to fabricating the entire thing.

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    Speaking during the episode, Paula told the estranged couple that she had decided to lie because she didn’t think Alysha “deserved” Kourbine. She said: “Clearly she doesn’t value the faithful amazing man that you are. I thought, you know, maybe I have a chance.”

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    Paula later told BuzzFeed News: “When he [Kourbine] approached me at the gym he mentioned he had a girlfriend and he only wanted to work out with me because of my large following on Instagram. Our deal was that he would train me for free in exchange for me promoting his services on social media. He kept things strictly professional, which I respect.

    “My tactics were indeed sneaky. I lied to Alysha. I think I did it mostly because at the time, I was going through things of my own, and it angered me that a woman would set her man up the way she did instead of simply communicating with him. So I took her $50 dollars and I lied to her.”

    Despite the drama, the pair decided to reconcile and get back together.

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    Naturally, the episode has generated a lot of responses because there are so many layers. Let’s unpack them, shall we?

    Bro the face he made after she said she was lying LMFAOOOO WOMEN AINT SHIT

    This video pretty much sums up mercury in retrograde https://t.co/PKdFfzErfT

    No. Fucking. Way. 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/24DNo7C821

    Some viewers were concerned about the lengths Alysha went to in an attempt to catch Kourbine out.

    some of these women need to stop playing games https://t.co/Lx5Cqzwewb

    So if the girl that was paid didn't confess and stuck to her "he came on to me" narrative, thats how this one would've picked a total stranger's word over her man's. Smh, women just like to start something out of nothing https://t.co/rYwX4p1XnS

    Reflecting on her unconventional approach, Alysha told BuzzFeed News: “Honestly I should have just talked to him about it instead of getting Paula involved, but at the time I was in such a savage mode I didn’t even care what would happen afterwards. I just wanted to catch him.”

    Others couldn’t get why Kourbine was willing to get back with Alysha after she admitted to paying someone to proposition him.

    @HarrisSane I'm actually breaking up there and then

    @HarrisSane Pay a girl to come onto me?? Lmao. Naaaaah. We’re over as soon as you close that laptop. Thank you. Next!!

    Speaking as a vindicated man, Kourbine admitted that neither of the couple handled the situation well. “Watching it back, I’m definitely feeling a lot more stupid listening to the things we both said and wanting to try again with her after those fat ass red flags.”

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    He added: “I don’t fully understand why she did what she did instead of just talking about it to me, but at the end of the day neither one of us, especially me, had great communication skills.”

    And people really can’t get over Paula’s admission that she was ready to take the money and the man.

    So she was goin to keep the the 50$ and steal her man...finessing on another level..😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/Ro4gus1s1k

    @HarrisSane Wayment wheeeet...?! Suh got $50, plotted to get w ya man, and broke y’all up!🤦🏿‍♂️😌😂

    Paula thinks she has been misrepresented.

    Paula said: “I don’t think I was fairly portrayed in this situation because that’s not who I am. I am neither a liar, nor a homewrecker. I am the opposite of that. I am also all about women empowerment and if the same situation were to happen again, I think I would just tell the girl to keep her money, and encourage her to talk to her man instead.

    “I definitely do regret lying to her. Especially when she clearly had some major insecurities of her own.”

    But some people just think the whole thing is too wild to be real.

    @Bucketz_3 @HarrisSane No way this is not staged bro 😂😂😂 I’m flabbergasted

    To which Kourbine said: “Those are the same people that probably think Lebron [James] is better than [Michael] Jordan. The show is very real and I appreciate A&E for giving us an alternative way of getting it out cause it probably wouldn’t have otherwise.”

    The couple, who briefly reconciled after the show, have since gone their separate ways. Alysha described their second attempt at a relationship “tainted”.

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    “At first we tried to get back together and work things out for like a month, but we decided to go our separate way a week before Valentine’s Day because things just wasn’t the same. Tainted. It just didn’t feel the same,” said Alysha.

    The result of the episode has included a barrage of hate messages directed at Alysha, which she insists doesn’t bother her, she said: “I’m just laughing it off.”

    But the entire experience has offered a lot of lessons for the 23-year-old. “The biggest lesson for me in this is to not let things build up in relationships without communicating about it,” she said. “Every time I saw him doing something questionable I would just harbour it and not communicate with him about it, so I let it all build up and get to me to the point where I paid Paula.”

    Ade Onibada is a junior reporter at BuzzFeed and is based in London.

    Contact Ade Onibada at ade.onibada@buzzfeed.com.

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