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 is a “recovering homosexual.”

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 an interview with Dr. Phil, Tuiasosopo said he was gay, then backtracked by adding that he's a “recovering homosexual.”

“Are you gay?” Dr. Phil asked.

“If you look at this situation and everything that I've been through, I would say yeah I'm gay. But honestly, I'm so confused.”

“But what you know is that you did have romantic feelings for another man.”

“Yes,” Tuiasosopo said. “You know, you've heard of recovering drug addicts. It takes a lot of courage to recover from homosexuality and this type of thing and coming back to your real life. As hard a task it is, I'm going to do all I can to live right.”

Dr. Phil responded by saying that “a lot of [what you just said] bothers me so much.”

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

(Watch the segment on Dr. Phil.)