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   === Dr. Phil: Tuiasosopo 'fell deeply, romantically in love' with Te'o ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - In  an  interview  with Dr.  Phil  McGraw  that will  air
 Thursday,  Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he fell deeply in love with star Notre Dame
 linebacker Manti Te'o.
 
 Speaking  publicly  for the  first time,  Tuiasosopo said  the voice of Te'o's
 girlfriend  Lennay  Kekua was his  and that the linebacker  had no role in the
 hoax.
 
 "Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," McGraw told
 NBC's  Matt Taibbi  during  a segment  on  NBC's "Today"  show.  "I asked  him
 straight  up, 'Was this  a romantic relationship with you?' And he says yes. I
 said,  'Are you  then therefore gay?' And  he said, 'When you put it that way,
 yes.' And then he caught himself and said, 'I am confused.'"
 
 Te'o  spoke with Katie Couric last week and admitted that he was made aware of
 the  hoax in  a phone  call  on Dec.  6. He  decided  to wait  to discuss  the
 situation  until  after the  BCS National  Championship Game on  Jan. 7 out of
 embarrassment.
 
 Te'o  put  rumors  to rest  that  he  was  trying  to cover  up  a  homosexual
 relationship. In her TV interview with Te'o, Couric asked him if he was gay.
 
 "No, far from it," he said. "Faaaaarrrr from it."
 
 McGraw  told NBC  that he believed Te'o "absolutely, unequivocally" wasn't
 involved in the hoax.
 
 The  first  of McGraw's  two-part interview with  Tuiasosopo will air Thursday
 on the "Dr Phil Show."
 
 
 
 01/30 13:14:25 ET