'Celebrity Big Brother 2' Alum Dina Lohan's Friend Is Not a 'Catfish' After All
Celebrity Big Brother 2 ended on February 13 just in time for Valentine's Day. Five of the houseguests were there for the entire 29 days, including Dina Lohan. While she was in the house, she told some of the houseguests that she is going to marry a man she had never seen even though they have talked on the phone almost every day for five years.
Her houseguests and viewers thought it was a classic case of Dina being "catfished" after she talked about her friend on the episode that aired on February 7. Even Nev Schulman, the "catfish catcher" offered to help Dina. It turns Schulman's help wasn't needed after all. He and viewers can stop thinking the 56-year-old Celebrity Big Brother alum is being catfished because that is not the case.
Not a "Catfish" After All
Several positive things happened after people assumed Lohan's friend was a catfish. First of all, Jesse Nadler himself came forward and identified himself even though his name was never mentioned on the reality show. In the meantime, Schulman did find him and confirmed Dina's story.
Nadler told The Blast that he is real. The 53-year-old resident of Tiburon, California didn't even know what catfishing meant until he was accused of being a catfish. He emphasized that he would never do that to Dina or any other woman.
Nadler said the producers of Celebrity Big Brother tried to persuade him to be there with flowers for Dina on the night of the finale. He said he could not accept their offer because he is taking care of his mother who is dying of cancer, and he cannot be away from her for long periods of time. He added that when his mother goes to heaven to be with his father, he will be on the next flight to JFK to visit Dina.
Instead of being there in person to meet, greet, congratulate Dina and present flowers to her, he did Facetime her on the night of the finale. That was the first time she ever saw him.
He promised her that he is looking for a beach house Westhampton, New York to be near her. That would be easy for him to do since he works in real estate.
Nadler emphasized that regardless of what others think, he is not a catfish. He admits that he loves Dina, and even though their relationship is unorthodox, it will go the distance.
Reactions from Dina's Family and Fans
Even though Nadler has identified himself, Dina's family and fans are still concerned about her. They want Schulman to do a thorough background check on him.
Dina's oldest daughter Lindsay posted on Instagram that she was proud of her mother for making it to the last day of the reality show. She also wrote. “But no more weird #catfish please.”
Dina’s ex-husband, Michael Lohan, talked to Nadler on February 13 for about an hour after they texted back and forth first. Michael says he approves of Dina's mate. He also called him a really nice guy with a good heart and added that he likes him. He said if Nadler makes Dina happy, he is happy for them.
The 58-year-old told Us Weekly that Dina needs somebody in her life she can trust. After his conversation with Nadler and knowing Dina, Michael said quite honestly he thinks they are perfect for each other. He went so far as to say that he didn't mind Nadler being a father figure to the four children he had with Dina. They include actress Lindsay, 32, Michael Jr., 31, Ali, 25, and Cody, 22.
Dina's Views on Being a Houseguest
Dina is now out of the house, but she has not yet given an update on her relationship with Jesse Nadler. She did give some positive comments about being a houseguest on Celebrity Big Brother 2.
While most of the other contestants said they were glad to be out of the house and going home, Dina said it felt like she was on vacation. She won no Power of Veto competitions, and she was never the Head of Household. She didn't belong to any alliance. She also admitted she didn't know much about the game before she went into the house.
In spite of all that, Dina made it to the final four along with Ricky Williams, Tamar Braxton, and Lolo Jones. It is interesting that Dina stayed in the house the entire 29 days ever thought she was considered to be put on the block for the first eviction. It was because of Jonathan Bennett who talked Head of Household Ryan Lochte into not putting her on the block. Jonathan made that decision because of his friendship with Dina's daughter Lindsay who worked with him on Mean Girls.
As fate would have it, Jonathan was the first one evicted on Day 10, and Dina made it to the end.
Tamar Braxton was the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2 with unanimously with all 9 votes. She won the $250,000 grand prize and became the first African-American winner in the history of the show. Ricky Williams was the second-place winner and took home $50,000. Tom Green was voted America's Favorite Player and won the $25,000 prize.