Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the “catfish” who pretended to be a beautiful woman named Lennay Kekua in order to romance Notre Dame’s Manti Teo, is finally talking… to Dr. Phil. Tuiasosopo agreed to do an interview with Phil McGraw. Their conversation, which was sanctioned by Tuiasosopo’s psychiatrist, will air Thursday and Friday on “Dr. Phil.”
In the meantime, McGraw went on “Today” to reveal some key pieces of information about the interview — in particular, the fact that Tuiasosopo was in love with Te’o. “Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love,” says McGraw. “I asked him, straight up, was this a romantic relationship with
you? And he says, ‘yes.’ I then said, ‘Are you then,
therefore, gay?’ He says, ‘Well, when you put it that way, yes.’ And
then, he caught himself and said, ‘I am confused.'”
As for why he wanted to end it, Tuiasosopo says he was worried it would blow up in his face. “I wanted to end it because after everything I had gone through, I finally realized that I just had to move on with life and had to get me, Ronaiah, I had to start living and just let this go.”
Tuiasosopo also defends Te’o, insisting he had no role in the hoax. “Absolutely, unequivocally, no,” McGraw confirms.