Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fell in love with Manti Te'o and said all his energy went into pretending to be the woman the Notre Dame linebacker came to know as Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo, the year-old mastermind of the elaborate hoax that embarrassed Te'o and left him looking gullible, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr.
Phil McGraw for the "Dr.
Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday. Tuiasosopo said Te'o knew nothing of the scam, and doesn't believe he ever suspected Kekua was fake.
Tuiasosopo said he built the online persona of Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell in love with despite never meeting in person. Tuiasosopo then killed off the character last September. He said he felt Kekua was a part of him, and grew feelings and emotions for Te'o that he could not control.
He acknowledged that the hoax was cruel, but said it was never intended as a joke and that he got no financial gain from it. When Alex teo gay ruse was reported by Deadspin.
The story of how Te'o played through pain after learning about the deaths of his girlfriend and grandmother on the same day led to an outpouring of support from Notre Dame fans. It became the backdrop to the Fighting Irish's undefeated regular season and run to the BCS championship, where they lost Alex teo gay Alabama.
Te'o won seven national awards for his play and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He has denied any involvement from the beginning, and Notre Dame said an investigation of the player's claims backed up his story.
When asked by Katie Couric in an interview broadcast last week, Te'o Alex teo gay he is not gay. Tuisasosopo said he decided to confess to Te'o earlier this month as the hoax was unraveling because he felt he could not go any further with his own life until the truth was out.
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Tuiasosopo said he killed the Kekua character on the day Te'o learned his grandmother died, following an argument with the football star. Tuiasosopo originally created Kekua using photos he copied from a high school classmate's profile. Te'o has said he first became online friends with Kekua during the winter ofhis freshman year at Notre Dame.
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Te'o also has said he first learned that something was amiss when Keuka called him on Dec. He told his parents about what had happened while home for Christmas break and called Notre Dame coaches on Dec.
Notre Dame officials Alex teo gay that they interviewed Te'o and retained Stroz Friedberg, a New York computer forensics firm, to investigate the case. They learned on Jan. Tuiasosopo said he was the voice of Kekua but initially refused to recreate it when pressed by McGraw.
He eventually agreed to do the voice behind a privacy screen, something McGraw promised to show during part two of the interview on Friday. To help make this Alex teo gay better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
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