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Just a few months after divorcing her husband, Sister Wives star Meri Brown has been faced with an entirely different sort of challenge. The first wife of famed polygamist Kody Brown was recently catfished by someone she believed to be a man, who was actually a woman.

"During an emotional and vulnerable time earlier this year, I began speaking with someone online who turned out to be not who they said they were," Meri told People. "I never met this person and I regret being drawn into this situation, but I hope because of it I can help others who find themselves in similar circumstances."

"Catfishing" refers to people using fictional identities to lure others into online relationships, similar to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's 2013 claim that he was led to believe his girlfriend was dead.

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In February Meri divorced Kody so that he could marry his fourth wife Robyn, and legally adopt her three children from a previous marriage. Despite the divorce, Meri is still very much a part of the Brown family.

"Throughout this ordeal, my family has supported and stood by me," she said. "I am grateful to them for their love and strength through this difficult time.

Sister Wives airs Sundays at 9/8c on TLC.

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