A 50-year-old father whose 'ultimate catfish' tricked the internet into believing he was a young woman is now more popular than ever

Yasuo Nakajima (R), 50, posed for months as a female motorcycle fanatic Soya no Sohi (L) on Twitter. Monday night show / screenshot
A Japanese social media star announced in March that she was actually a man using FaceApp to change the way she looked.
Soya no Sohi, 50-year-old Yasuo Nakajima, shocked thousands of his fans with the news.
Nakajima told the Washington Post that his supporters had skyrocketed since his confession.
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Young and beautiful Japanese motorcycle enthusiast Soya no Sohi shocked thousands of her social media fans in March when she found out she was actually a 50-year-old man who had used an app to change his appearance.
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Yasuo Nakajima, father of three and a former bodybuilder, was exposed as the "ultimate catfish" on Japan's Monday Late Show after the production team tracked him down in person, VICE reported.
On live TV, he admitted that he had used FaceApp for months to change his looks into selfies, telling the hosts that he had adopted the persona because no one wanted to read about a middle-aged man.
Thousands of his fans were stunned by the reveal, but Nakajima told the Washington Post this week that it actually opened up even more followers.
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"When you're young, you tend to be scolded or criticized by older people who say you should or you should do this. But at that age there isn't anyone who really scolds me," he told the Post . "I'm having the best time of my life."
Nakajima said he thinks fans are still invested in him because although his looks had changed, "his personality shone through".
"The only thing I create is basically my appearance. Everything else I am," he said, according to the Post.
- (@azusagakuyuki) May 8, 2021
Nakajima, who has been riding and repairing motorcycles since he was a teenager, noted in 2019 that he was not getting the social media attention he was hoping for.
The 50-year-old, who posted recordings of his many motorcycle trips on Twitter, only gained six followers within a few months.
After watching his kids play with FaceApp, he realized he could manipulate images of himself. So he changed his Twitter handle to @ azusagakuyuki - a compilation of his children's names - and started posting motorcycle-related content under his new name, generating hundreds of followers.
Today he has more than 28,000 followers and still posts as soy.
He told the Post he wasn't sure how long he would keep the persona, but said he was just having fun with it for now.
"In childhood, many of us were told, 'As a boy you should do this. As a girl you should do this.' And I really don't like that, "he said, according to the Post.
"If you don't start, you will regret it. People will say, 'I will do this as soon as things settle down or when everything is fine.' But if everything is fine, your life will end, "he added.
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