Mastermind Of Manti Te’o Hoax Fell ‘Deeply, Romantically In Love’ With Him, Says Dr. Phil

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind of the phony girlfriend scandal that had Notre Dame football standout Manti Te’o at the center of the country’s attention, told Dr. Phil in a new interview he’s unsure of his sexual orientation.

“Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love” with the football star, Dr. Phil told The TODAY show Wednesday in promoting the two-part interview.

“I ask him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?'” Dr. Phil said. “And he says, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Are you then, therefore, gay?’ And he says, ‘Well, when you put it that way, yes.'”

Dr. Phil said Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old California native, later amended his response to “I am confused.”

He added that Tuiasosopo “had a number of life experiences that damaged this young man in some very serious ways.’’

As we previously reported, Te’o’s purported late girlfriend Lennay Kekua didn’t actually exist, a hoax Tuiasosopo later admitted to, and the All American defender said all along he had nothing to do with. In his chat with Katie Couric earlier this month, the NFL-bound linebacker said he’s heterosexual.

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The two-part interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo airs Thursday and Friday on Dr. Phil.

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