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Twitter users call the president their "new crush"

January 04, 2016 03:30 PM

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic got a boost in popularity recently when alleged photos of her in a revealing bikini resurfaced on the internet.

But unfortunately for all of the president’s new fans on Twitter, the images turned out to be old paparazzi shots of Coco Austin from a 2009 trip to Miami with husband Ice-T.

The incident likely came as a surprise to Grabar-Kitarovic, a Fulbright scholar and former Croatian ambassador to the U.S., who was instrumental in adding Croatia to the European Union in 2013 before becoming the nation’s first female president in January 2015.

The mix-up started on Twitter, with one user posting the photos of Austin, 36, with the caption, “Croatian President, new crush alert.”

Soon other users chimed in, joking that they’re moving to Croatia and asking how to find the Croatian embassy to meet Grabar-Kitarovic, 47.

Two news sites, in South Africa and the Philippines, picked up on the trend, mistakenly posting about the photos of Austin and reporting that they were of Grabar-Kitarovic before correcting the error.

Neither Grabar-Kitarovic nor Austin have commented about the mix-up on social media.

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Austin recently gave birth to daughter Chanel Nicole on Nov. 28 with Ice-T. The first time mom said she gained just 13 lbs. during the pregnancy, and that she’s already back to her pre-baby weight of 137 lbs.

“All this is strange to me too, how my body took so well with pregnancy because I was mentally prepared to blow up like a whale,” she said in an Instagram post Dec. 7. “I was totally cool with it I really could have cared less how my body looked it didn’t matter to me I had the heavens really watching over me and know everyday how blessed I am.”

“I hope to bring inspiration.”

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