Te'o Hoaxer: I Was in Love With Te'o
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo gives first interview to Dr. Phil
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 12:30 PM CST
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(Newser) – Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the 22-year-old man behind Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend, gave his first interview to Dr. Phil McGraw, and explained his motivation for continuing the hoax: love. Tuiasosopo revealed to McGraw that he "fell deeply, romantically in love" with Te'o, McGraw said in a preview of the interview that aired on Today. Tuiasosopo insists it was him talking to Te'o on the phone, not his female cousin, as has been reported.

Does that mean Tuiasosopo is gay? At first, Tuiasosopo said yes, then backtracked and said he's "confused." Explains McGraw, "Ronaiah had a number of life experiences that damaged this young man in some very serious ways." As for Te'o, Tuiasosopo confirms the football star was absolutely not involved in the hoax.

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People_Suck
Feb 1, 2013 4:52 PM CST
Te'o's new name is Manpie Te'o.
Hank10303
Jan 31, 2013 4:17 PM CST
These two men knew each other since childhood I believe. It is not so unusual for them to grow to love each other, maybe even experiment and Ronaiah at some point became even more attached, but knew he could never be Teo's desire because they are sexual incompatible. Does that mean he is gay, no. If he has never had a "gay" experience all he is, is a man that feels love for another man. There is more to being "Gay" or str8 than desire. From what we know so far, they are both asexual and tyring to be politciall correct for the outside world.
InferiorToYou
Jan 31, 2013 2:42 PM CST
Life was so much simpler when fake girlfriends were named Rosie Palmer