These 23 People Are Living Shocking Lies

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We all tell little white lies every now and then, but what happens when you get caught up in a lie so big, so enveloping, that if anyone found out you weren’t telling the truth — your whole life could be ruined.

For some people, that little white lie starts out as something innocent enough — but after weeks, months, or even decades, the charade they’ve come to uphold becomes almost too much to bear. And that sh*t will eat away at you until one day, you crack.

Maybe you were creepily stalking your now-significant other before you met and they just think thinks progressed in a serendipitous fashion. Or maybe, when people ask you how you’re doing, you only respond with “okay” because you can’t stand letting people know just how depressed and sad you are.

Letting lies fester only leads to one thing — devastating deception and the breaking down of relationships. So just think next time you start spewing off lies to your friends, coworkers, or spouse.

These 23 people are caught up in some of the most insane lies:


What started as a misunderstanding from a colleague ended up as a big elaborate lie. I was having a chat with a guy and I was talking about how I wanted to learn Hebrew. Later that week I heard from another colleague in the same team “so you’re Israeli?” And I was a bit busy and didn’t really pay attention so I just said yes. Fast forward a year. I’ve slowly escalated the lie so now I get off time from work during Hanukkah and I’m a decent speaker of the language now because I had to keep up the act. But I’m not Israeli I’m like the whitest dude ever. I’m not even Jewish.


Everyone thinks I’m self employed and work hard for my income. Actually I inherited a large amount of money in my youth and live off frugality and intelligent investing.


That I’m content and living a stable life. In reality; I have lots of debt, I’m in a constant battle with my mental health (some days I’m completely fine, some other days… not so much), I’m pretty much lost with the direction my life is going and I’m essentially, just winging everything now.


That I still believe in the religion to which my wife, parents, and in-laws belong to. If I didn’t, I’m not sure my marriage would survive, and all friends and family of the religion would be required not to talk to me anymore, forever. It’s Jehovah’s Witnesses, if you’re wondering. You don’t just walk away from it.


That I give a shit about most things when in reality I’m just trying to get myself through the day, I really don’t fucking care about most things going on in the world.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.