Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Says He Has Intense Feelings For Manti Te’o [Details]

Rucuss staffJanuary 24, 2013

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is the ring leader behind the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend hoax.

Tuiasosopo admitted it in a message he sent to Te’o’s Twitter account. He created a fake identity of a woman by the name of Lennay Kekua. Te’o fell in love with this girl online who reportedly died from leukemia during the 2012 football season. But it was all hoax and Te’o claims he was tricked.

Now there are reports that Tuiasosopo was the one who changed his voice and spoke with Te’o on the phone for over 1,000 hours. Sources told TMZ that he had ‘intense feelings’ for Te’o.

TMZ reports:

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo had intense feelings for Manti Te’o … feelings that developed over time that he channeled through a female persona, but the emotions — like the scam — were rooted in fantasy.

Sources very close to Ronaiah tell TMZ … he struggled for years trying to adapt to the expectations of his culture, his religion and his family. Ronaiah, we’re told, never had a serious physical relationship with anyone and created a female persona online as a way to vent his feelings.

We’re told Ronaiah used the female persona in many encounters, but so far there’s no evidence he became intensely emotionally attached to anyone — until Manti. We’ve confirmed when Ronaiah spoke with Manti as “Lennay Kekua” he used his own voice.

Once news broke that Te’o’s girlfriend was a hoax, many assumed the former Notre Dame star used a fake girlfriend to hide that he was gay. When Katie Couric asked Te’o during a interview on whether he was gay he replied, “No. Far from it. FAR FROM IT.” .

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Manti Te'o

But many conspiracy theorists aren’t buying it. Despite giving two in depth interviews, there are still some pieces missing to this puzzle. How well did Te’o and Tuiasosopo know each other? Why were they hugging outside of a Notre Dame-USC game? And why didn’t he figure out that it was a man on the other end of those phone calls?

Listen to Tuiasosopo’s voice as Lennay below.

First day of Chemo Treatment

Accusing Te’o of having someone else in his room

On the day Lennay was released from hospital (Sept. 11)

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