Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this week, you must have heard of the Manti Te’o scandal, with the athlete claiming that he was the victim of an elaborate hoax making him believe his non-existent girlfriend had died of cancer. As it turns out, the man behind it is really bent on becoming famous.
In December, Manti moved a nation to tears by revealing that the love of his life had died shortly after his beloved grandma.
As it turns out, the woman never even existed, which, you will agree, makes it pretty hard for her to die, cancer or no cancer.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is believed to be behind an elaborate hoax that also involved Manti, though he says he never knew the woman wasn’t real, that he had actually fallen in love with her online.
And Ronaiah also wanted to be on The Voice, Us Weekly has learned.
He showed up for an audition for the new season but failed to impress the judges and, because no one turned around to get him on their team, he was sent home.
However, Ronaiah had made sure that, if he got selected, he would win viewers’ votes with his sob story.
“Tuiasosopo told producers he and his cousins started a Christian band together and were on their way to perform at a youth conference in Nevada when they got into a ‘massive’ car accident. He claimed a truck crashed into their vehicle, sending them flip-flopping all over the freeway,” Us writes.
“He also said doctors thought one of them might have been brain-dead, but miraculously, everyone was fine,” the celebrity publication further reports.
“An insider adds that Tuaisosopo ‘passed a background check and psych evaluation,’ which is standard for all reality TV show contestants. ‘Nothing came up, no suspicious behavior,’ the source says,” the report notes.
Now that the cat is out of the bag with Manti’s fake and dead girlfriend, everybody’s thinking that none of the details the aspiring singer provided were accurate.