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Dr. Phil: Ronaiah had 'romantic feelings' for Te'o

  • Tuiasosopo thinks he could be gay, says he's 'confused'
  • Man at center of hoax tells Dr. Phil that Te'o was not involved
Dr. Phil: Ronaiah had 'romantic feelings' for Te'o

Man behind Te'o hoax speaks out

Man behind Te'o hoax speaks out

Just when you thought the saga of Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o and his fake girlfriend couldn't get any weirder, it does.

The latest twist is that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo had "romantic feelings" for Te'o, according to the "Today" show, which aired two clips from an interview between Dr. Phil McGraw and Tuiasosopo this morning. The full two-part interview will be aired Thursday and Friday on the "Dr. Phil" show.

Dr. Phil asked Tuiasosopo about the nature of his relationship with Te'o, and Tuiasosopo confirmed that it was a romantic relationship. When Dr. Phil asked him if he was gay, he said "When you put it that way, yes." But then he backpedaled, saying he was "confused."

The 22-year-old says he created the persona of Lennay Kekua, a woman that Te'o got involved with in an online relationship. The football player got word that she died of leukemia on September 12. Te'o says he found out Kekua was not real in December, but continued to pretend she was out of embarrassment.

Tuiasosopo also confirmed that that he was the voice posing as Kekua over the phone, and that Te'o was in no way involved with the hoax.

"I just wanted it to end, because after everything I had gone through I finally realized I just had to move on with my life and had to get... you know, my real me, Ronaiah... I just had to start living and let this go."

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