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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

Intense Feelings For

Manti Te'o

1/24/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo
had intense feelings for Manti Te'o ... feelings that developed over time that he channeled through a female persona, but the emotions -- like the scam -- were rooted in fantasy.

Sources very close to Ronaiah tell TMZ ... he struggled for years trying to adapt to the expectations of his culture, his religion and his family.  Ronaiah, we're told, never had a serious physical relationship with anyone and created a female persona online as a way to vent his feelings.

We're told Ronaiah used the female persona in many encounters, but so far there's no evidence he became intensely emotionally attached to anyone -- until Manti.  We've confirmed when Ronaiah spoke with Manti as "Lennay Kekua" he used his own voice.

Indeed ... Ronaiah's feelings became so intense, he blew his cover on December 6 because it was hard to walk away.  He never intended to reveal Manti was actually talking to a man ... he just wanted to reconnect with Manti, but still as a woman. 

Our sources say Ronaiah has buried his feelings to the point he has little emotion about anything.  We're told even the scandal has not produced intense emotions. 

We're told, Ronaiah shut down emotionally at a very young age.  He lived his life through fantasy.

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Bossy Potato    

I don't think the whole truth is being let out... This story doesn't even make sense. None of it makes any sense. Tmz, are you hiding something from us?

545 days ago
17.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

What a fracking circus. Who gives a rats ass!

545 days ago
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Yeahthatsright    

Wow creepy guy. Stalker, impersonator, pathological liar. This guys needs some serious psychological help before he turns all that non emotion/fantasy into a violent shooting spree. Check the pattern.

545 days ago
19.

Shhh    

ESPN Payed off TMZ once they seen some actual "investigation" going on. TMZ knows.

545 days ago
20.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Does this story gross anyone out? It makes me nauseous. *Barf!*

Sick f*cking story. Stop it!

545 days ago
21.

Jericho Morton    

Wow. People are f***ed up. His emotions have 'shut down'? Good, he's perverted. Abnormal. There is something wrong with his behaviour. There are pictures of him holding children! What has happened to us? This is just insane. He doesn't need jail or treatment or sympathy. He needs to be pointed at in the street and exposed for what he is. Many of these 'problems' used to dissolve until 'psychiatry' emerged from the new-age vibrations. Never forget as Freud was arriving for his only lecture tour in the US in 1909 (all delivered in German) "As the George Washington pulled into New York Harbour, he remarked to Carl Jung, who accompanied him, "They don't realize that we are bringing them the plague."America was a ‘gigantic mistake’". I do hope you understand exactly what he said. Is that clear enough?

545 days ago
22.

Amy    

@ Manti's People: This is NOT working.

I feel sorry for this guy that Manti is making him take the fall and get painted as a pathetic nutjob. I hope it's worth the money he promised.

545 days ago
23.

go home!    

People like this are so F'd up. You see it on CatFish every week. Pathetic.

545 days ago
24.

shogirl2020    

Please i beg of thee to stop posting stuff about this guy its enough already!

545 days ago
25.

Cirrus Unicus    

Manti should be thankful that he walked away from this with his life!

545 days ago
26.

Jordan    

Who is to say that Manti did not also Love him back, Manti was a Football Player for Notre Dame and if the team knew he was gay they would treat him like an outcast, Now Manti is going to the NFL, and being gay their is not a positive either. So Manti has to hide his feelings to play Football.

545 days ago
27.

tgrfan42069    

quit calling it catfish.its ****ing trolling people were doing this long before that farce movie catfish was created.

545 days ago
28.

Truth    

MAN, WE ALL KNOW THEY ARE GAAAY!!! WHY ARE TMZ STAFF LIKE FEMME MAX AND FAT MIKE THE LAST TO KNOW?? POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

545 days ago
29.

static    

What a horror..

545 days ago
30.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Which is it??? Intense feelings or no feelings? I don't feel sorry for him, he's the one that tried to turn his fantasy into reality...so it's all on him.

545 days ago
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