HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax, told Dr. Phil McGraw that he developed romantic feelings for Te'o and asserted that he was the voice of Lennay Kekua during phone conversations with the All-American linebacker, the television host said Wednesday.
With an exclusive interview with Tuiasosopo set to air Thursday, McGraw appeared on NBC's Today Show and revealed some of the things he learned from Tuiasosopo during their discussions.
"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," said Dr. Phil. "I asked him straight up, 'Was this a romantic relationship with you?' And he says 'Yes.' I said, 'Are you then, therefore, gay?' And he said, 'When you put it that way, yes.'
Tuiasosopo, who reportedly met with McGraw for hours at the request of his psychiatrist, also told the television host that Te'o was "absolutely, unequivocally" not involved the hoax.
"Ronaiah had a number of life experiences that damaged this young man in some very serious ways," McGraw said.
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