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Manti Te'o

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New Timeline Emerges

1/17/2013 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Manti Te'o and his non-existent girlfriend Lennay Kekua went public with their relationship in January 2012 ... and continued to date until she died in September ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with "Jan" ... a Notre Dame superfan who struck up an online friendship with "Lennay" through Twitter back in 2011.

According to Jan, Lennay had always maintained that she was friendly with Manti ... but didn't reveal that she was his "girlfriend" until January.

The timeline begs one really big question ... in 9 months, two college students at top universities (Lennay maintained she went to Stanford) didn't have one video chat session??

"Jan" called in to "TMZ Live" and explained her relationship with Lennay ... and also told us why she believes Ronaiah Tuiasosopo participated in the hoax on the Notre Dame star.

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Throwback kid    

Why does Teo's father say they met in 2009 when Notre Dame played Stanford? That would make it a 3 year relationship with Teo and his imaginary girlfriend. She taught him all these important lessons in like and told him to be humble? Manti Teo is anything but humble, he seems to be a mentally unbalanced young man that would rather date an imaginary girl than a real girl on campus at Notre Dame. Most kids stop having imaginary friends at 4 years old, Manti is a little old for these silly games

454 days ago
17.

Lucy    

There's no evidence this girl ever existed. There was no funeral, and there is no death certificate. He didn't go to his "girlfriend's" funeral because there wasn't one. He is in on this, and it will come out. He should man up now.

454 days ago
18.

TimP    

Watch "Catfish" on MTV. He had at least phone calls. Many on that show don't even have phone calls only chat and have "relationships" for years.

454 days ago
19.

bernergirl    

Still too many holes, and the explanation sounds like lies!

454 days ago
20.

Blackcoffee    

Exactly. Skype, Skype, Skype! Two college kids in love, or even good friends, who don't (or she won"t) use it? Really a problem.

454 days ago
21.

dale12    

Was he "CATFISHED?"

454 days ago
22.

spectator72    

Hope she doesn't cheat on him

454 days ago
23.

Kelly    

I say Manti has some splaining to do.

454 days ago
24.

MCosta8778    

Drop the puck. LETS GO RANGERS

454 days ago
25.

zzyzx    

I don't understand, you say Lennay does not exist, but in the very next sentence, you say this Jan lady struck up a conversation with her. I'm so phucking confused!!!

454 days ago
26.

Liz    

Let's assume it was a con for a moment - I can see "her" claiming that her Skype link was down, or there was a fire alarm in her building at the time they were supposed to talk, etc. Con artists have all kinds of stories, and they're not going to be tripped up on this kind of stuff. Why Te'o didn't get suspicious is a different story.

454 days ago
27.

Emidio    

Maybe he is gay and actually in a relationship with this Roni guy ! Just sayin :)

454 days ago
28.

steve    

why doesn`t anyone ask for his phone records that will show if he talked to her or not?

454 days ago
29.

Chorizo300    

He is hiding that he is gay!! He will be the first gay active NFL player !!

454 days ago
30.

tgrfan42069    

look to those asking about the skype thing.the reason that is a big deal is.this guy was supposed to be dating this girl for around three years.to go that long with out even doing a video chat with her is strange.if that were me and i asked said "girl" to skype and she kept saying no that would be a huge red flag

454 days ago
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