Can you fall in love with someone as early as the age of 12? Most people born in the 1980s who can recall the Prince protégé Vanity and Janet Jackson’s janet. era dancers will argue yes. The same goes for Nick, the latest contestant (stop it—this show is clearly playing games with people) featured on Catfish.
On this week’s edition of the show, the 18-year-old Florida resident is hard pressed to meet Melissa, who he claims to have fallen in love with at the age of 12 after “meeting” in a Tila Tequila fan chat room. Excuse my snob, but really, Nicholas? You couldn’t have at least developed the thirst for someone in a classier virtual spot. Say, a TRL message board?
As soon as I heard where they met, I immediately assumed this was going to go all the way wrong for Nick. I was right, although it may take Nick a few years to realize this.
Written by Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick)
Chanté’s Got A Man At Home…and So Does Melissa
Nick explains to Yogi and Boo Boo that after the death of his grandfather, Melissa was always there for him. It’s a sweet sentiment and makes his strong attachment to her understandable. Still, once he says that Melissa has a live-in boyfriend, you can’t help but think, “What?” And then: “Move on, dude.” Yes, they tell each other “I love you” over the phone, but I imagine when Melissa says that to the guy she sleeps next to most nights it means a little bit more.
Later in the episode, Melissa echoes Nick’s feelings about what drew them together. Melissa says that at one point Nick called her more than her parents did. She cites him as the reason she got of her parents’ home. Nonetheless, she’s living with her boyfriend and roommate. When this was brought up around Nick’s dad, even he made a face that I’m pretty sure was saying, “That ain’t it.” Or he was singing the hook to Memphis Bleek’s “Is That Your Chick?” Whichever is more fun for you.
You can read the rest of my Catfish recap over at Complex.com.