On Maxim’s website, Te’o's fake girlfriend’s bio reads, “After Manti Te’o's fake girlfriend hoax of 2012, we think it might be nice to have an invisible girl of our own to love. Why not? She’s got a ton of great qualities, including looking awesome in a bikini.”
The Chargers selected Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The man who said he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims that the hoax had “everything to do” with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.
Tuiasosopo said he was the voice of Kekua but initially refused to recreate it when pressed by McGraw. He eventually agreed to do the voice behind a privacy screen, something McGraw promised to show during part two of the interview on Friday.
“I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’” Dr. Phil McGraw said Wednesday. “And he says ‘Yes.’”
Katie Couric joined the “Boomer & Carton” program one day after her much-anticipated interview with Manti Te’o aired Thursday.
While Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o thought he was talking with girlfriend “Lennay Kekua” for hours on end, he was actually on the phone with his male hoaxer, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s lawyer told the New York Daily News.
Pressed by Katie Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te’o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn’t lie about it until December.
The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o's supposed girlfriend said the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.
Hoaxers continued to harass Manti Te’o up to two days before the BCS National Championship Game.
The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.
“(Tuiasosopo) told me that Manti was not involved at all, (that) he was a victim,” an unnamed woman said in a report. “The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie. He was crying, he was literally crying.”
OK, now it’s really getting weird.