« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

Crushing Social Pressure Drove Him Into 'Fantasy World'

1/30/2013 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0130_ronaiah_myspace

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- the man behind the Manti Te'o hoax -- is telling friends he felt compelled to create a "fantasy world" for himself because he felt crushing social pressure from 3 major forces in his life ... TMZ has learned.

We already know Ronaiah thinks he might be gay because he fell in love with Manti while pretending to be the fictional "Lennay Kekua" ... and told Dr. Phil he's "confused" about his sexuality.

But sources close to Ronaiah tell TMZ ... he was always afraid to explore his sexuality fearing scorn and ridicule from the Samoan community, his church community and the football community.   At an early age, we're told Ronaiah created a private world for himself, that was not rooted in reality.

Besides playing high school football, Ronaiah's family is a VERY football-centric group -- with several members having played in the NFL.

Instead, we're told Ronaiah created a female character, like Lennay, to interact with men through her ... because instead of feeling guilt about his sexuality, he could chalk it all up to make-believe.

Ronaiah is now seeing a therapist -- not Dr. Phil -- and we're told he's finally dealing with the issues he's been avoiding for most of his adult life.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
57 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

ralf    

It is sad that he has never felt safe enough to be whom he really is...But you should never play with anyone else like he did. The only problem now is that I hope the shrink he is seeing is not a Mormon shrink. Ad an ex mormon (one born in the "church") and a gay man, I know how the church tries to "work" the gay out of you. Hope he gets the correct help he needs.

632 days ago
32.

Davis    

Whats so confusing ? Clearly this guy likes taking it in the tailpipe. The same goes for his boyfriend Manti. Hope that clears things up for everyone.

632 days ago
33.

speakMYbrain    

HE LIKES LONG MANTI HUGS. backwards

632 days ago
34.

nikkirael    

He's gay and crazy as hell he's the type of person you put on meds and never let him near a gun.he needs help that's not normal.

632 days ago
35.

backfire    

O.....ok

632 days ago
36.

KanyeWest    

His mental programming is corrupted, we otherwise see it as mental illness

632 days ago
37.

LMFAOwned    

A ***got pulling a trick like this? Not surprising at all. Stop blaming reality for your ****ed up head.

632 days ago
38.

Jessica    

Such a a**hole. Lock him up in the looney bin. Don't feel sorry for you

631 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3

Around The Web