Paul Servat and his girlfriend, Barbara Bienvenue, met on an online dating site when two months after they started dating, Bienvenue told Servat that she was pregnant.
Living in Montreal, Canada, Servat and Bienvenue were ecstatic to start a family and welcome a new baby into their lives. As weeks passed, and after multiple visits to the doctor, Bienvenue told Servat that she was actually expecting twins. Then, the 37-year-old mother-to-be announced that she was expecting triplets, then quadruplets, and finally claimed that she and Servat were going to be the parents of five newborn babies.
To track their journey, the couple started a Facebook page to document the pregnancy where they posted the many gifts given to them by family members, neighbours, and even businesses that offered their generous support.
‘I used my personal and professional contacts,’ a friend of Barbara’s told The Toronto Sun, ‘to get her sponsorships.’ ‘Others gave her all sorts of clothes and furniture,’ she added.
Servat was thrilled to hear the news when Bienvenue told him that he could choose the names of their future children, until he found out that Bienvenue was not actually carrying any babies from the start. When Servat brought Bienvenue to the hospital, believing that she was supposedly in labor, he was shocked to hear doctors confirm that her previous blood work showed that his girlfriend was never really pregnant.
Genevieve Laflamme, a mother who gave birth to triplets, suspected holes in Bienvenue’s pregnancy that seemed suspicious and a little odd, claiming that Barbara’s due date was moving up too quickly under her unusual circumstances of quintuplets.
After the unfortunate news, Barbara was taken into psychological evaluation for her neurosis that according to one of Servat’s friends, Barbara had created a similar story of false pregnancy with another man in 2010.
As for Servat, he ensures that he will give back all the gifts from his charitable family, friends, and sponsors, and claims that he’s ‘a good person’ who had nothing to do with his girlfriends stunt.