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Nov 8

Brad Paisley & Wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley Victims of Hoax

Brad Paisley & Wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley Victims of Hoax

Brad Paisley photo by Jim Shea, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, fell victim to an elaborate hoax involving a child dying of cancer. The couple appeared on ABC’s Nightline to share their story. It all started with an email Kim received from a mother named “Carrie” who said that her daughter, Claire, was dying of neuroblastoma.

“She said that her daughter had begged her to get in touch with me,” Kimberly said. “So it sounded very real. But she wasn’t dying to get a hold of me. You know, that was kind of the beginning of the manipulation.”

Watch Brad and Kimberly tell their story below:

Over the next 10 days, Kimberly and the mother communicated through numerous phone calls, emails and texts. Brad and Kimberly received photos of the girl along with photos of journal entries and recordings of songs the child had reportedly sung for them. Brad got on the phone at one point and sang “Amazing Grace.”

“You’re singing to someone’s dying kid,” Brad said. “And in the middle of it, there’s no way that’s not real. How can that not be real?”

When “Claire” died, however, red flags started to appear. The mother refused to give an address for the Paisleys to send flowers and suggested they donate to their local children’s hospital instead. She also wrote an email telling them she didn’t need them praying for her.

The Paisleys aren’t the only celebrities to fall victim, however. Nightline learned of at least a dozen others who were fed similar stories, including Little Big Town, reality television star Kate Gosselin, Wipeout hosts John Henson and Jill Wagner, members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and singers Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli and Carmen Hope Thomas.

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Posted at 7:10 am, November 8, 2013 | Permalink

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