TODAY   |  January 31, 2013

Te’o hoaxer: I fell in love with Manti

In an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, Roniah Tuiasosopo, the man who pretended to be Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, acknowledged he is gay and that he fell in love with Te’o during years of phone calls. NBC’s Mike Taibbi talks to Dr. Phil.

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>>> one of the few questions still to be answered, we promise, about the girlfriend hoax that ensnared notre dame football star manti te'o. did the mastermind act alone? he breaks his silence on the dr. phil show today.

>> good morning matt. dr. phil told us tuiasosopo fell in love with the hero and faked him completely with the girlfriend hoax for months. was that part the truth?

>> it was --

>> reporter: ron tuiasosopo told dr. phil mcgraw he kept the hoax going for two years and phone calls that sometimes lasted hours. te'o told carey couric his online paramour was the love of his life.

>> she was poll meshon supposedly. loved her face.

>> his hoax stster acknowledging he was gay --

>> reporter: he fell in love with manti te'o?

>> no doubt. he fell in love with manti.

>> reporter: and his voice and sometimes just lennay, was his voice and only his voice and he never slipped once.

>> did you ever like wake up and forget to use lennay's voice?

>> no.

>> you'd think before you spoke?

>> i'm not trying to be funny but that's kind of a rookie mistake. when you have kind have been able to mastermind all of this and create not just lennay and her whole family and reality and make it seem as real as possible, that's a mistake that -- i mean, no, i never made that mistake.

>> reporter: mcgraw says he asked tuiasosopo to speak in lennay's voice.

>> i pressed him to do that. we ultimately get to that point.

>> you're not a guy that shys away from voicing your conclusions. what's your conclusion?

>> as i sit here today, i am not convinced it is him.

>> mcgraw says he had lennay as as -- the ronaiah as lennay voice and will release it.