There's no doubt that he exaggerated a lot and plays into this whole thing but it becomes the Trisha Paytas situation where sure they're likely smart and manipulating to get the money but at what cost? This guy was legit deported, he destroyed his body, he destroyed the ability to have a normal life past this, his husband seems to want nothing to do with him, his mental health must be affected by the manufactured drama regardless, etc. Not to mention when your life is the performance it's hard to seperate your fantasy life from the real one which can create problems when your fantasy life is as insane as his is. Actors can play a character and go home and be normal (though actors have trouble with mentally exhausting roles like Nick's and need support with them), this guy stays home and is this character both in videos and on his social mediaYou think any of his crying is legit?
He's straight up admitted fakes it all because it gets clicks.
Maybe he didn't intend for it to go this far, maybe he did. Doesn't matter at the end of the day