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An in-depth look at Asensio’s surrounding Instagram drama

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Friends, Real Madrid fans, and fellow Asensistas.

I need you to sit down and listen — especially those of you who insist on creating alternate realities for your own benefit. I am not a gossip columnist, nor do I ever want to be, but that’s what you’re about to get today.

Nearly a year ago, Marco Asensio’s Instagram fan accounts started going nuts with the news that Asensio had a girlfriend. The name “Aura Molinero” started floating through the various stories and posts on his fan accounts. She garnered enough attention that Don Balon Rosa put out a short story on her. It wasn’t long before we learned that she was using the photos of a British model, Millie Hannah, and her lies came unraveling. She kept up her lies through the World Cup, but has resigned to being “single” while still posting Millie’s photos as her own. (The Don Balon Rosa article was retracted less than 24 hours later, and “Aura” got blocked by Marco.) She has since gone on to create a second identity, Alba Soltero, using the photos of a Russian model, and got the attention of one of his best friends.

But it doesn’t stop there.

One woman, posing as a reporter from Telemundo and NBC, claimed to a fan account, and that she and Marco have been dating for the past two years and that all would be made public soon. She built her account using photos from Cristina Gullón and a video posted by Alice Campello’s mom. Another woman used photos from Instagram fitness model, Tammy Hembrow, to pretend to be Marco’s wife and mother to his two children.

A third woman claimed that she was seeing Marco and provided a conversation between the two of them. She asked for nothing to be posted publicly because Marco didn’t want their conversation to come to light. Once a quick reverse image search showed that her photos were actually those of a Miami twerking instructor, she came clean. She admitted to faking the conversation and feigned embarrassment, only to post again like she was in Marco’s pool. (This account has since been removed by Instagram.)

There’s another level to this that’s equally shameful: those that are creating rumors linking Marco to other women.

Recently, a fan account created rumors surrounding Marco and two separate women. One of the women has categorically denied any romantic relationship any time it has come up; while the other has either remained silent or given cryptic answers when asked, and she has used this link to Marco to increase her followers and build her clothing company. The fan account gleefully came clean, behaving as if this was all just a fun joke to her, but the damage has already been done. The first woman has received months of insults, and both have had their comments and / or DMs filled with people asking, “Eres la novia de Marco?(Are you Marco’s girlfriend?)

This doesn’t even begin to cover the rumours of supposed romances with Dua Lipa, Marta Carriedo, Ana Guerra, Mireya Bravo, and Sofia Suescun. (All of which turned out to be false.) It’s enough that one fan account joked about creating a telenovela based on Marco and his “harem.”

Straight up. What is wrong with these people?

To those that have invented these fake lives, what do you stand to gain? You think you may get notoriety, but what you really get is laughed at. You get found out, exposed publicly, and then become the butt of jokes. To those that have invented rumors surrounding others, what do you stand to gain? Do you understand that, more than likely, you’re actually doing damage to these people and interfering with their personal lives?

I know that I’ve used examples specific to Asensio here, but I also know that he’s not the first, and nor will he be the last to deal with something like this. In fact, if I remember correctly, James had a similar situation while he was still with us. When the Aura story first came to light, a friend of mine pointed out that this is a common occurrence in the music industry.

Look. I don’t envy Marco and I don’t blame him for keeping his personal life as private as he has. Fame sucks. Not the money part, but the lack of anonymity part. The part where you don’t know where people are with you, friends or otherwise, for you or for your notoriety. At least, that’s how it seems to me as a non-famous person.

The truth is it’s all sick. It’s all a ploy for attention of any kind and they’re getting it. For some, I would say that they need to seek professional help. “Aura” exhibited symptoms of histrionic personality disorder when she took photos from a cancer patient and posted them as her own when her follower count started declining. For the others, I would say: GROW UP AND STOP SPREADING LIES. Your actions are more impactful than you seem to think they are. It may just be social media, but there are real world implications here.