Alizee Michel, and marketing man Andy Sellar apologised for the hoax, in which Michel posed as a French tourist looking for help to find the a man she’d met  and fell pregnant to on a one night on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“I would like to say that I made this video to help my friend and I didn’t expect it to go this viral,” said Michel when asked to explain herself by the TV hosts Sam Armytage and David Koch.

“I’m sorry to the people who really wanted to help.”

In the video, Michel, using a fake name, claimed to have returned to France after a trip to Oz, but lost her phone and the father of her unborn baby’s contact details.

In a follow up video posted late yesterday, she appeared alongside social media marketer Mr Sellar outside a Mooloolaba real estate agency, proclaiming “I found him.”

Mr Sellar said the idea had simply been to promote Mooloolaba, but it got out of hand.

“I didn’t think what happened would happen and I’m sorry for that,” he said.

“I spoke to the local business owners yesterday and they were happy. It was the top three trending word on the entire internet, Mooloolaba.”