A glamour model claims she was targeted with vile death threats
after she revealed her boyfriend didn’t believe she was real –
because of her stunning looks.

Larissa Bartolo, from the Gold Coast, sent social media into
meltdown last week after revealing her beau of three years
thought she was fake when they first met online.

The 28-year-old Playboy bunny and actress said partner Jesse
accused her of being a catfish when they struck up a chat on
her modelling Facebook account in 2014.

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Larissa Bartolo, from the Gold Coast, claims she was targeted with vile death threats after she revealed her boyfriend didn't believe she was real ¿ because of her stunning looks

Larissa Bartolo, from the Gold Coast, claims she was
targeted with vile death threats after she revealed her
boyfriend didn’t believe she was real – because of her
stunning looks

The 28-year-old Playboy bunny and actress said partner Jesse accused her of being a catfish when they struck up a chat on her modelling Facebook account in 2014 (pictured together)

The 28-year-old Playboy bunny and actress said partner Jesse
accused her of being a catfish when they struck up a chat on
her modelling Facebook account in 2014 (pictured together)

Larissa, who starred in the Inbetweeners 2 movie which was set
in Australia, said since she revealed their relationship’s
unusual start she fell victim to a wave of vitriolic online
abuse – including death threats and even calls for her to take
her own life.

‘It was total uproar. There has been so much online bullying,
people picking apart my appearance, calling me a “wh***” and
death threats,’ she said.

‘Some people were saying “you should kill yourself” or “hope
you die”. It was horrible. After a certain amount of abuse, you
start to question yourself, I hardly slept afterwards.

‘I have dealt with bullying when I was younger, but obviously
this is on another scale.’

Larissa, who starred in the Inbetweeners 2 movie which was set in Australia, said since she revealed their relationship's unusual start she fell victim to a wave of vitriolic online abuse

Larissa, who starred in the Inbetweeners 2 movie which was
set in Australia, said since she revealed their
relationship’s unusual start she fell victim to a wave of
vitriolic online abuse

Larissa and personal trainer Jesse, who also lives on the
Gold Coast, first began chatting online in 2014 when she was
working in London and he was in Australia

After several months of chatting online the cyber-romance blossomed into the real world ¿ with the pair still going strong after three years

After several months of chatting online the cyber-romance
blossomed into the real world – with the pair still going
strong after three years

Larissa and personal trainer Jesse, who also lives on the Gold
Coast, first began chatting online in 2014 when she was working
in London and he was in Australia.

The model said when Jesse first messaged her – saying ‘you’re
gorgeous, I wouldn’t think you were real’ – she told him the
same thing.

And after several months of chatting online the cyber-romance
blossomed into the real world – with the pair still going
strong after three years.

Larissa said some of her online tormentors stayed under the
veil of anonymous accounts, but others made no effort to hide
their identity.

The model said when Jesse first messaged her ¿ saying 'you're gorgeous, I wouldn't think you were real' ¿ she told him the same thing

The model said when Jesse first messaged her – saying ‘you’re
gorgeous, I wouldn’t think you were real’ – she told him the
same thing

After revealing their relationship’s unusual start she fell
victim to a wave of vitriolic online abuse – including death
threats and even calls for her to take her own life

Despite her high-profile online following, Larissa describes herself as a 'private person' and said there is more than meets the eye when it comes to social media

Despite her high-profile online following, Larissa describes
herself as a ‘private person’ and said there is more than
meets the eye when it comes to social media

‘When Jesse first messaged me I just laughed it off. He is a
looker as well, so I told him I would have thought the same
thing. There are so many internet trolls,’ she said.

‘Some of the people who left these comments were genuine
people, grandfathers and grandmothers. I wondered if they would
say that to their kids or grandkids?

‘I never thought I was better than anyone.’

Despite her high-profile online following, Larissa describes
herself as a ‘private person’ and said there is more than meets
the eye when it comes to social media.

‘There’s more to life than social media. I like to promote
honesty and that lots of modelling photos are airbrushed to
cover imperfections,’ Larissa added.