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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, man behind Manti Te'o hoax, admits he's gay

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the bizzare Manti Te'o's girlfriend hoax, implies on the Dr. Phil Show that he is gay.

At least he thinks he is, as he explained to Dr. Phil, TMZ reported.

In the interview, Dr. Phil refers to Tuiasosopo as a man who fell deeply in love.

"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love." Phil then continues, "I ask him straight up, was this a romantic relationship with you? And he says, 'Yes.'"

McGraw asks the hoaxer about his sexuality, and he answered, "Well, when you put it that way, yes."

Tuiasosopo then says, "I'm confused."

Ronaiah was proven to be the mastermind of the Lennay Kekua hoax, and had been posing as her throughout the 'relationship', NY Daily News reported.

Not only was he posing as Kekua in text messages, Tuiasosopo also imitated a woman's voice in falsetto in all-night phone calls with Te'o, Tuiasosopo's lawyer Milton Grimes said.

The Notre Dame star believed that he was speaking to Lennay Kekua rather than a man.

Grimes continued, "It was Ronaiah as Lennay."

Te'o denies being involved in the hoax, and admits to be an innocent victim.

He tells Katie Couric in an interview that he is far, far, far away from gay.

 
 

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