Rumours can quickly spiral from harmless gossip to hurtful comments, as this eye-opening online thread proves.
People from around the world have taken to anonymous sharing app Whisper to reveal the worst rumours they’ve heard about themselves, and they’ll make you think twice about sharing a story without fact-checking first.
Among them is a woman whose boyfriend broke up with her after hearing gossip that she had been unfaithful. Another was the subject of a vicious falsehood about having herpes.
However others were the source of their own rumours, with one woman from California apparently leading the people in her hometown to believe that she had died when she left to start a new life elsewhere.
Here, FEMAIL shares some of the weird and wonderful examples…
People from around the world took to Whisper to share rumours they’ve heard about themselves – including a woman, from Nevada, whose relationship ended after a rumour that she had cheated on her boyfriend spread
Unforgettable! A woman, who lives in California, admitted that she enjoys reading the comments written on a memorial Facebook page by people in her old town who believe a rumour that she has died
One anonymous person shared the devastation of having their work colleagues think that they have herpes
Another woman, who lives in Colorado, said someone who is jealous of her figure has convinced other people that she has an eating disorder
Childish! A woman, from Bainbridge, admitted that she struggles to trust anyone after a rumour spread that she was pregnant, while she was out of school for three weeks suffering from the flu
One person said they chose not to correct a high school rumour that they had killed people and been to a mental institute because they didn’t like any of the other students
Another individual, from Riverton, claimed a rumour that they have STIs and sleep around spread throughout their school despite being a virgin
Rivalry! An anonymous woman revealed she lost her best friend because of a rumour claiming she is trying to steal her crush
One person, who lives in Salem, admitted they added to a rumour that they smoke cannabis by sharing a photo with a bag of parsley
Another woman said rumours that she looked at other girls in the shower, when she was a girl scout, spread after everyone knew about her sexuality