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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Our sources say Manti became "freaked out, angry, upset and withdrawn," and Alexandra couldn't handle it.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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31.

Lisa    

The guy lied, got caught, move on.

605 days ago
32.

Jordan    

All this sounds like is a convenient excuse, Good luck in the NFL you are a bad liar, but a good linebacker.

605 days ago
33.

WhatsUrDefinition of crazy    

Wah....he can never trust again.... News Flash we can't trust him either...lol

605 days ago
34.

Lurker    

Manti may not be able to trust again but the public is damn sure not able to EVER trust him again!!!!!!

605 days ago
35.

speakMYbrain    

NOBODY BELIEVES YOU! lmao

605 days ago
36.

JoAnne    

Sure got him in the headlines.

605 days ago
37.

S    

Lier, Fraud, Fake. Duping the public to get a Heiman, S***bag.

605 days ago
38.

FreeYourMind    

In the words of Ronald Reagan, "Trust, but verify."

605 days ago
39.

clarke    

well i guess youll change your mind when a massive money contract you sign will need some trust it will be honored!!!

605 days ago
40.

dathan    

Is Notre Dame not teaching him anything...?

605 days ago
41.

Laura    

And people can never trust him again.

605 days ago
42.

Mihalick    

People can never trust YOU again, you dirtbag.

605 days ago
43.

Bobbi Botaz    

Boo hoo, poor Mormon boy can never trust again. I suppose it's understandable that a 22-year-old would say something like that, but it's a pretty drama-queen thing to say. Dude has some introspection to do.

605 days ago
44.

Ray    

HE"S GAY

605 days ago
45.

hunter    

He admitted thst it affected his play in the championship game. Wait until they rip into him in the nfl. He'll break down after the constant ribbing. He better have his mom living with him because he will be crying like a p!@

605 days ago
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