Mastermind Behind The Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax Auditioned For 'The Voice'
It turns out the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax could have been even weirder: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind behind Lennay Kekua, could have appeared on "The Voice" this upcoming season.
Tuiasosopo, 22, tried out for upcoming season of "The Voice" with judges that include Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, according to US Weekly. Not only that, but when he appeared onstage, he told the judges a "sob story" about how he got in a massive car accident when he was heading to Nevada for a Christian youth conference. He and his cousins had started a Christian band, but their car flipped on the way after they got hit by a truck. He says "miraculously" everyone was okay.Tuiasosopo has a fondness for telling made-up stories about car accidents, according to reporting by Deadspin. A woman recently identified as Diane O'Meara told Deadspin that she gave her picture to her former high school classmate Tuiasosopo because his cousin had recently gotten in a car accident. Her photos later ended up becoming the face of Manti Te'o nonexistent girlfriend Lennay Kekua. And of course, the debunked story about Kekua was that she had gotten into a car accident herself.
But Deadspin notes that a cousin of Tuiasosopo posted a hashtaggy message on Instagram about a car accident he and his cousin were involved in while going to a youth conference:
Please pray for my #baby #cousins #ronaiah #tuiasosopo and #jeremy #matau they were in a car #accident this am and now in the #hospital. I am #praying and #believing #God for a #miracle! We serve and awesome #God and I know he will get them through this! These amazing guys were on their way to do worship for an awesome conference! I believe what the devil meant to stop God will make new! #worship #leaders #singers #drummer #daddy #brothers #cousin My God is awesome!!! I'm #believing for a #miracle! Love you guys!!!
While Tuiasosopo's name is now synonymous with lying, it's possible that there was some truth to what he told the judges at "The Voice." But, uh, no one really believes Tuiasosopo these days. An unnamed source at the show told US Weekly: "people now think the sob story is fake."Tuiasosopo did not end up making the cut, but we'd have loved to see his audition.