Will the real “Couch Man” please stand up?
TikTok users are in a frenzy, trying to determine the identity of a college student who has been caught cooing on the couch with a woman who is not his girlfriend.
The mystery man, who is being referred to as the “couch man”, was featured in a TikTok video uploaded by his girlfriend Lauren Zaras on September 21.
The short clip, which is set to Ellie Goulding’s romantic track “Still Falling for You”, shows Zaras excitedly walking into her boyfriend’s college apartment to surprise him.
However, his muted reaction to her arrival and the appearance of another woman on the couch has led to speculation that he is not actually missing his girlfriend and is cheating on his girlfriend instead of going to college.
“Intimidation mark! He didn’t get off the couch and jumped up and down in excitement,” said a user named +00kapack.
“If my girl walked in and I’m sitting on the couch next to two other girls I’m going to be in a body bag llamao,” joked user Brandon.
A user by the name added his own conspiracy theory: “No, those boys set him up. He secretly snatched her phone from the girl next to him.
Meanwhile, several popular TikTok users have parodied Zarras’s video, which has garnered over 58 million views.
TikTokers Gabrielle Krauss and Menesis & Brody both staged their own exaggerated reenactments of the original clip in which the male subject they surprise is caught apparently cheating.
The endearing tone of Zara’s clip with the Goulding love song has also been ridiculed by several single TikTokers who have filmed themselves arriving at their pet’s home.
User Stanley the Stan Man filmed himself coming back to his apartment and greeting his beloved cat, captioning the hilarious video: “Surprise my cat to come home early”.
Page Six also came into play, producing a parody that pitted Goulding’s grotesque song against the old approach of “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson, surprising her son at his college.
And while “Couch Man”‘s full name hasn’t been determined, TikTokers have confirmed that his first name is Robbie.
Robbie himself recently insisted on TikTok under a pseudonym that he “loves” his girlfriend.
Zaras also retorted, saying that he was sure that his boyfriend was not cheating on him despite being seen on the couch with another woman.
“It breaks my heart that people can watch a special moment and bring so much negativity,” she wrote on TikTok. “Please think before you assume anything about my relationship.”
And in another video, Zaras clarified it even more, #StopTheHate.