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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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31.

lolurdumb    

Not a surprise. I so feel bad for Manti but at the samr time he fell for it went along and dude just be happy he didnt show up rape him n well coulda been alot worse. Chargr the psycho and move on this should not ne headline national news. If anything people should learn there is no relationship when u never met the person period.

601 days ago
32.

Nvts    

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.....enough with those weird names!! Lets just refer to them as Bill Jones and Tom Smith.

601 days ago
33.

dathan    

Who is the .....Pitcher.....and who is the Catcher....?

601 days ago
34.

Rich    

I call bull. Hasn't he been making song covers and whatnot? what mentally/emotionally unstable person would be sane enough to do that regularly? This whole thing literally DEFIES logic. There is something fishy going on. there are WAYYYYYYY too many red flags.

601 days ago
35.

ratbag    

Enough already about Teo and his lame "girlfriend." You know you've jumped the shark when you'd rather read the spam posts about earning $50/hr for knitting toilet paper covers.

601 days ago
36.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Awww come on man, do you really expect people to swallow this (no pun)? Out of family, friends, teammates, and that football player who heard his voice not one single person thought it was kind of weird? I have to hear his voice for myself. As far as the whole thing goes, aside from the fact that I wish it would go away, I wasn't giving much credence to the gay rumors but after this I'm thinking it was more than that one guy's fantasy. It takes two.

601 days ago
37.

Wow ...    

TMZ where are you on the alleged confidential settlement by Sly Stallone and his half sister, over "abuse" 26 years ago?

601 days ago
38.

Nicoleasm    

LMAO...If you meet someone online, use skype, facetime, google video chat, SOMETHING at some point! LOL, too many crazies out there not to. And a full proof plan, (aka Manti's mistake)...plan to meet the person if you want to call them your GF or BF, even if only for a day.

601 days ago
39.

JFO    

You're told ... what does that mean??? And why are you still giving this guy a forum for his fantasies and insanity??? Maybe if the press stops sticking microphones in his face he'll go away. Just a thought.

601 days ago
40.

SC Girl    

so basically Manti has paid Ronaiah's off to take the heat for all this crazy mess so that he can continue to deny being gay to his future NFL teammates....and Ronaiah is stupid enough to do it...idiots....

601 days ago
41.

taz    

OMG just kiss already. It's OK to be who you are. Some one said at the start of this "scandal" they thought this was a cover story for a gay relationship. Guess they were kind of right, just a very boring gay relationship.

601 days ago
42.

rskuggs    

This just gets worse and worse for Te'o

601 days ago
43.

Babycakes    

So are both of them gay or jsut incredibly menatlly disturbed? I mean one of them pretends to be a woman for 3 YEARS and the other beleives he ahs a girlfriend for 3 YEARS eventhough they never meet. Theya re both young and in college surronded by real live woman yet they spend their time perpetuating some fantasy for 3 YEARS. Oh yeah that is totally normal.

601 days ago
44.

Democrats are evil    

So, if the Dems are paying attention, this is the type of guy you want to keep from getting a gun. Sounds like he's not all upstairs and the press is now publishing and humiliating him. But don't expect that to happen. Liberals are hypocrites and their laws only apply to reps and conservatives. LBTG's are never unstable people.

601 days ago
45.

BUOOBEES    

WHO NEW TMZ HAD PSYCHOLOGISTS ON STAFF

601 days ago
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