Ariana Grande Fan Threatens Suicide in Elaborate Twitter Hoax
Ariana Grande fans, lovingly dubbed Arianators, are stoked for her album to drop on Sept. 3 -- but one fan was a little too eager to get the 'Baby I' singer some press. One particular Arianator on Twitter created an elaborate suicide hoax in an effort to gain followers and garner attention for Grande ... and it ended with police involvement.
One Twitter user with the handle @ButerasCandiess threatened to off herself on Twitter, then retweeted endless messages from fellow Arianators voicing their support, well wishes and desire for her to get help. A sampling of her missives and their respective responses are below:
Soon, fellow Arianators called out the user for perpetuating a hoax in hopes of increasing her Twitter followers and becoming a trending topic, which she at first adamantly denied:
But then, once she was found out, she came clean:
Phew. But the saga doesn't end there. The Twitter user may well end up prosecuted for the hoax if it turns out that police resources were used to attempt to save her in light of the hoax.
"This is a huge waste of our 911 dispatchers, our intelligence people, and our communications resources," Toronto police spokesman Scott Mills told The Toronto Star. "I triaged it from a police perspective and I decided it did appear to be someone who was in distress," he explained. After the Twitter user failed to respond after threatening suicide, Mills took action and began tracing the messages to see where they'd been transmitted from in hopes of saving a life.
"The logical conclusion is either that they've committed suicide, or there is medical distress from swallowing pills in this case," Mills explained of the account's brief radio silence following the threats. When the addresses that turned up wound up in bogus locations, cops realized they'd been punk'd in a really depressing, sign of the times type of way -- and now the person behind the tweets may face criminal mischief charges if they were posted from Canada.
But there's a bigger consequence at hand that Mills is worried about: suicide threats becoming a joke. "If people are crying wolf like this, people aren't going to take it as seriously."
You hear that? It's not worth it! Especially since Grande has other ways of garnering publicity.