Katie Couric's big scoop interview with embattled Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o airs today. During it, we get our first listen at voicemails left by Manti's infamous girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, shortly before her "death." Apparently, Manti's gay friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was the one behind the hoax the entire time and developed "intense feelings" for the athlete during the entire episode.
First, check out this recorded voicemail allegedly left by Lennay/Ronaiah during her "first chemotherapy session" that Deadspin got its hands on:
Ronaiah's lawyers say their client used his real voice in falsetto during the relationship with Manti. They also tell TMZ that this isn't Ronaiah's first time impersonating a female to have relationships with men.
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.
Manti's lawyers insist he never knew he was talking to a man.
If you thought this story couldn't get any sadder or more perplexing...