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Part one of his interview with Dr. Phil aired today, with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admitting two important things:

  1. He set up the entire Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax on his own.
  2. He fell in love with Te’o and is a homosexual, but, as a deeply religious man, he hopes to change that.

"It takes a lot of courage to recover from homosexuality and this type of thing and coming back to your real life," Tuiasosopo told the host. "As hard of a task it is, I’m going to do all I can to live right."

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Speaks to Dr. Phil
 

Among other high(low?)lights from the interview…

Why didn’t he reveal the hoax to Te’o when they met November? "It was real awkward at first. I wanted to tell him everything then and there, but soon after some uncles came in and I decided it wasn’t the right time."

Did he love the linebacker? "As twisted and confusing as it may be, I did all that I could to help this person become a better person even though I wasn’t getting nothing out of it…The truth of it is that it happened, I grew feelings, I grew emotions that sooner or later I couldn’t control anymore."

Why did he kill off Lennay Kekua? Te’o told her that he didn’t need her on the day his grandmother died and: "It hurt me. It hit me like a brick wall. I was like, `Whoa, I’ve given so much into this.’ And I realized right then in that moment, that I poured so much into Lennay, that I myself was getting nothing, and look what I was left with."