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Tuiasosopo Tells Dr. Phil He’s Working To ‘Recover From Homosexuality’

Manti Te'o.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Manti Te’o. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

(CBS/AP) As Dr. Phil McGraw’s interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, is set to air Thursday, the Associated Press obtained a sneak peek of the interview.

In the two-part sit down with McGraw on “The Dr. Phil Show,” Tuiasosopo made some interesting comments regarding his feelings for Te’o and his sexuality.

“You’ve heard of recovering drug addicts? It takes a lot of courage to stand and say that,” Tuiasosopo said “To recover from homosexuality and this type of thing. Not only that, coming back to your real life, as hard as a task as that is I’m going to do all that I can to live right.”

Tuiasosopo also said he killed the Lennay Kekua character in September because of an argument between Te’o and Kekua.

The football star had told Kekua he didn’t need her, Tuiasosopo said.

“It hurt me,” he said. “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.”

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