Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who has admitted to hoaxing Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o into falling in love with a non-existent woman, has said that he himself is gay, or at least confused.

Tuiasosopo fooled Te'o into believing that the girl of his dreams had died of cancer. In fact, the woman known as Lennay Kekua never existed.

The story inspired countless fans as Te'o went on to lead his team to victory just hours after learning of the death of his grandmother and girlfriend.

In his first interview to be broadcast on Thursday and Friday, Tuiasosopo told Dr. Phil that Te'o was “unequivocally” not involved in the hoax.

“Here we have a young man that fell deeply romantically in love,” Dr. Phil said in a Today interview, referring to Tuiasosopo. “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 says, 'Well, when you put it that way yes.' And then he caught himself and said, 'I am confused.'”

Tuiasosopo said the person Te'o was speaking to on the phone was him.

“There are many times where Manti and Lennay have broken up. But something would bring them back together. Whether it was something going on in his life or in Lennay's life, in this case in my life.” (Watch the entire Today segment at NBC.)

(Related: Manti Te'o 'faaaar from' being gay.)