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Manti Te'o Hoaxer Admits He is Gay, Used High-Pitched Voice When Speaking to Him

The man who pretended to be a woman in a relationship with Manti Te'o admitted that he is gay and was in love with the college football player when they "dated." 

He also revealed that it was him in the phone conversations, and that he used a high-pitched voice when speaking to him. 

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo said he "fell deeply, romantically in love" with Te'o, though he was pretending to be a girl named Lennay Kekua. 

When Tuiasosopo, 22, was interviewed by Dr. Phil, he said he knew their relationship would have to end at some point. But he didn't end it until they had been dating for more than a year, by claiming she had died of leukemia. 

Te'o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, found out it was all fake on December 6 but didn't come out with the information until it was made public by 

Dr. Phil said, before interviewing Tuiasosopo, that the reason he carried out the hoax was simple.

"Here we have a young man that felt deeply, romantically in love. I asked him straight up, was this a romantic relationship with you and he says yes. Are you then therefore gay? He says, when you put it that way, yes. Then he caught himself and said: 'I am confused.'"

Tuiasosopo also revealed that he decided to end the relationship because he wanted to move on with his life. 

"I had to start just living and let this go," he said. 

"There were many times that Manti and Lennay had broken up but something would bring them back together, whether it was something going on in his life or something in Lennay's life." 

To create his high-pitched voice, he said he used a skill he learned in a high school drama club to do a falsetto voice. 

When Dr. Phil asked if Te'o was involved in the hoax, he answered: "Absolutely, unequivocally, no."



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