‘You were pigged’: Devastated British student, 24, flew to Amsterdam to meet holiday fling – only to be told she was the victim of cruel ‘pull a pig’ prank in which young men try to woo ‘fat, ugly girls’ for a laugh
Sophie Stevenson, 24, was victim of cruel prank played by Jesse Mateman, 21
Lovers met in Barcelona and stayed in touch after their trip to the Catalan city
Brit Miss Stevenson had spent £350 on a trip to Mateman’s native Amsterdam
A devastated student flew 400 miles to meet her lover in Amsterdam only to be told she was the victim of a cruel ‘pull a pig’ prank.
Sophie Stevenson, 24, from Stoke, forked out £350 on a flight after being invited to the Dutch capital by her Jesse Mateman, 21, who she met in Barcelona in August.
But when Miss Stevenson arrived at her hotel she received a text message telling her it was all a ruse and she had been stood up by the heartless Dutchman who told her, ‘You’ve been pigged’.
Sophie Stevenson, 24, from Stoke, flew 400 miles to meet her lover in Amsterdam only to be told she was the victim of a cruel ‘pull a pig’ prank
Heartless Jesse Mateman, top left, played the cruel prank on Ms Stevenson, top right
On her arrival in Amsterdam, Mateman sent Ms Stevenson the message: ‘You were pigged’ and added two pigs and a laughing face emojis before adding, ‘It was all a joke.’
Heartbroken Miss Stevenson replied: ‘How could you be so cruel though!’
The humiliated bar supervisor from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, had been excited to be reunited with Mateman and travelled some 500 miles only to be brutally dumped.
The 24-year-old broke down in tears as she came to terms with her rejection alone in a foreign country.
Mateman was messaging her minutes before her departure – but when she arrived in Amsterdam he ignored her calls.
They had slept together after meeting when they were caught up in the Barcelona terror attack which killed 13 people and injured 130, on August 17.
Miss Stevenson said: ‘All my friends and family cannot believe someone could be so cruel. It’s one thing to have a joke, but this goes well beyond banter.’
Miss Stevenson (left) forked out £350 on a flight to see holiday romance Jesse Mateman (right), 21, after the couple met in Barcelona, during August
Holed up with their pals in the Pension Solarium – a one minute walk from the attack in August – the group struck up a relationship and Miss Stevenson and Mateman paired off.
She said: ‘I went to Barcelona with my friend Michelle and we arrived the day before the terror attack. We were staying really close to where the attack happened.
‘On that day, we were so lucky, we’d just nipped out to buy some drinks and food and were sitting on the terrace when we started hearing gunshots.
‘When we looked over we saw people running everywhere, it was really scary.
‘The hotel was on lockdown after that and everything was shut for the day, so we stayed in and that’s when we met Jesse and his three friends.
‘We were there for four more days, and felt safe while we were with them, so we hung out loads.
‘It was a proper holiday romance for Jesse and me. We slept together in Barcelona and when I came back to the UK, we carried on talking every day.
‘We talked about having a long distance relationship.’
Back in the UK, Miss Stevenson carried on messaging and calling Mateman, and they discussed giving things a go.
The pair planned for her three-day visit and she spent £350 on a hotel and flights, travelling from Manchester to Amsterdam on September 29.
She said: ‘We had talked about me coming to visit, and he knew I’d booked flights, that I’d paid for a hotel and he was going to meet me when I arrived at 5pm on Friday.
‘We were talking up until I got on the plane. But when I arrived, he wasn’t there to pick me up.
‘I called him a bunch of times, and he didn’t answer. I waited at the airport for two hours and I hadn’t heard anything, I was really starting to panic about being abandoned.
‘There was a free shuttle bus to the hotel, so I made my way there and six hours later he finally messaged me – on Snapchat.’
Miss Stevenson said she ‘felt sick’ when she received the messages revealing her holiday romance was all a joke
Mateman swiftly blocked Miss Stevenson after his taunting messages.
She added: ”Pulling a pig’ is where a guy tries to pull the fat ugly girl. When I saw that message, I wanted to be sick.
‘I was in a foreign country, on my own and the guy that I liked had just abandoned me.
‘I replied and said ‘how could you be so cruel’ and all he did was block me.. I just couldn’t believe it.
‘I had no way of contacting him. I was petrified being in Amsterdam all on my own.
‘I was so upset about what happened that I changed my flights so I could head home the next morning.
‘I am furious that this happened and it’s so dangerous. I want people to know what happened to me so that this never happens to anyone else.’
Miss Stevenson, who has been unable to contact Mateman since the incident, said her friends and family are mortified.
She said: ‘Given the circumstance of how we met, you’d think that he’d be slightly more sensitive. I can’t believe this has happened to me.’
Mateman did not respond to requests for comment.