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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Our sources say Manti became "freaked out, angry, upset and withdrawn," and Alexandra couldn't handle it.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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46.

L    

Everybody plays the fool sometimes.

558 days ago
47.

Joey    

YOU ARE A LYING P O S THAT PLAYED TEH AMERICAN PUBLIC TO GET VOTES FOR TEH HEISMAN
THE WAY THAT TE'O PLAYED DIDN'T DESERVE A LITTLE LEAGUE TROPHY.
LIAR

558 days ago
48.

KCINDY    

Mani, host a elaborate Coming Out Party....all is forgiven.

558 days ago
49.

dathan    

Pure and simple...he was "Cat-fished"

558 days ago
50.

HillbillyHell    

Poor baby.

558 days ago
51.

HillbillyHell    

ESPN reporting Manti moving to the Castro district of San Francisco. Will be the grand marshal of th Pride Parade.

558 days ago
52.

Laura    

HE can never trust anyone again? And the hoax/lies continue.

558 days ago
53.

21stcent    

With all the education he has, he just learned that all that is on the internet is not true?
Get a better helmet, or take less head hits dude!

558 days ago
54.

ohmeowzer    

i'm so sick of his boo boo woe is me blabber . go away please

558 days ago
55.

backfire    

You can trust people, Manti ...just grow up and use your brain.

558 days ago
56.

Coolbreeze72    

I think he was in on it for publicity and it got way out of hand...He is a well known athlete, and yet he "fell in love" with someone he never even met or saw a picture of? And the more he talks to the press about how he is an innocent victim, just makes him look more guilty. I just don't buy it.

558 days ago
57.

Mantificous    

Is that why he kept perpetrating the imaginary dead girlfriend story in the media after the alleged phone call? What a crock. More lies upon lies. Didn't his momma ever telling him about where lies will take him? To hell, if he's truly religious.

558 days ago
58.

MIchelle Elliott    

Dont really care about the football star and his like or dislike for dead people. My issue is celebrities that dont age and claim that they had no work done, i am sorry but people age and if you dont age then you are lying

558 days ago
59.

Paddy    

Never heard of this fool and don't give a sh!t about this story at all but am sick to death of it being everywhere...who give a crap?

558 days ago
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