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.