Manti Te’o Hoaxer Talks to Dr. Phil: I Am Gay, Confused

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo speaks out after hoax, says Manti wasn’t in in it

By on January 30th, 2013 15:18 GMT

Manti Te’o had his chance to speak out on the hoax that turned him into the butt of all (invisible girlfriend) jokes, so it’s now the hoaxer’s turn to have his side of the story known. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke to Dr. Phil for the first time since the scandal broke.

Ronaiah basically pulled a “Catfish” type of hoax on Manti, and he tells Dr. Phil that the star was never in the loop as to what was really happening.

Another thing that he reveals to Dr. Phil is that he’s gay and that, as far as he was concerned, he didn’t lie to Manti about his feelings when he used to pose as a woman online and on the phone.

Below is a video from The Today Show with excerpts from the Dr. Phil interview, which clearly paints the hoaxer as a victim as well: gay (or simply confused), he is just as heartbroken as Te’o about how the whole thing played out.


Dr. Phil talks to Manti Te’o hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo
   Dr. Phil talks to Manti Te’o hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo