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Manti Te'o

I Can Never Trust People Again

1/19/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0116-getty-manti-teoManti Te'o is telling close friends he was so badly scarred by the Internet hoax, he doesn't think he can ever trust people again ... TMZ has learned.

Manti is telling his friends he was not only victimized by the person behind the phantom GF, he lost his real girlfriend as a result of the mess.

TMZ broke the story ... Manti started dating 21-year-old Alexandra del Pilar in early November and really liked her.  But when Manti realized on December 6 he'd been played -- and he believes by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- he became a different person. 

Our sources say Manti became "freaked out, angry, upset and withdrawn," and Alexandra couldn't handle it.  And we're told ... Alexandra was dealing with a lot, because Manti let her in on his secret that he had been scammed.

We're told Alexandra pulled the plug on the relationship just before the story broke wide.  Manti harbors no hard feelings and is sorry the relationship crumbled.

As for the future, we're told Manti's trust in people has been shattered and -- at least for now -- he doesn't think that trust will come back.

Maybe a little distrust is a good thing.

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ashley    

Is there anything NEW to this case, or is TMZ & the media going to drill this non-interesting fuking story into the ground every day?!?! I happen to watch TMZ the other night, talk about a bunch of ugly grease balls. Fat Mike is obsessed w/kimmie and the girls on the show are twits!

605 days ago
17.

MoraMore    

WILL YOU DROP THIS, TMZ???!!! I'M SICK OF YOU ALL FLOODING THE MAIN DAMN PAGE WITH THIS CRAP!

605 days ago
18.

CharlieDon'tSurf1    

Wow, this guy must not be terribly bright if he's basing the ability to trust someone on the internet, he has never met mind you, and determining he can't trust anyone. It's the NET anonymity people can't trust. The guys talks to a bot 6 months and wonders what happened. Duh

605 days ago
19.

EarlyCuyler    

Waa - Waa - Waa. Cry Baby... Te'o (note to self) if you do play pro football... It's easier to tackle someone while standing up. Unlike the way you were... lying on your back... play after play during the Alabama game. So overrated.

605 days ago
20.

Truth    

CMON NOW... EVERY FREAKIN PERSON LIES ONLINE THESE DAYS. NOTHING IS A GUARANTEE OF ANYTHING. EVEN PEEPS YOU MEET IN-PERSON DONT MEAN SH*T. DUDE IS A MORON, POINT BLANK. AT LEAST MEET THE CHICA IN-PERSON THEN INVESTIGATE HER ASS. GET A CLUE... #TRUTH!!

605 days ago
21.

who dat    

He brought all this $hit on himself. Boo- Fukcin who.

The Lance Armstrong story is much more interesting. Enough with the drama queen football player.

605 days ago
22.

Jayne    

This is laughable. Te'o thinks people believe that he wasn't in on the hoax? We're not as gullible as you want us to believe you were, Te'o!

605 days ago
23.

Rick Phelps    

It's all about him...this is such a joke. He was in on this I have no doubt. He conducted at least two interviews after he knew she didn't exist, and still claimed and talked as if he knew her.

Disgraceful is what it is.

605 days ago
24.

Rick Phelps    

This man did at least two interviews after knowing this "girl" didn't exist. He's just as much to blame as anyone. Give me a break...

605 days ago
25.

Cheryl A.    

HA! You have a girlfriend in real life and a girlfriend on the internet. Because you got played, YOU can't trust people anymore? How about your real life girlfriend? SHE can't trust YOU! You don't deserve a girlfriend. You treat them like you can throw them away, and when she threw you away, now you can't trust people. Work on your issues before you ruin another "real" girlfriend.

605 days ago
26.

hippie    

Ditto bro without the catfish

605 days ago
27.

Latch Johnson    

All this guy did was lie. I've listened to his interviews. He stated she was in a coma after a car accident. He then stated he would talk to her on the phone when in the hospital and the last thing she said was she loved him. She also wrote him letters before his games. All while being in a coma? F this guy. He's no victim.

605 days ago
28.

justMe    

Another Tebow wannabe trying to get lots of media attention before the draft

605 days ago
29.

Lurker    

She ran because she was afraid that he might feed her the kool-aid.
He luvs the attention. Well, buddy, you got it now.

He's a liar and a D-Bag. It is him that I don't trust. Remember, there is no such thing as bad publicity. (Exception - Lance D-Bag Armstrong!!)

605 days ago
30.

JeffyJeff    

Either he is very, Very, VERY Stupid or he needs to come out of the closet. Someone is going to talk and out his as a lier or homosexual.

605 days ago
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