Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo, convincingly played the role of “Lennay Kekua” during hundreds of phone calls with the Notre Dame linebacker.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, aka Naya Tuiasosopo from Netflix’s Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist ‘, catfished Manti Te’o, identified herself as Lennay Kekua using the pictures of a girl from her high school.
Roniaiah was born in 1990 and celebrated her birthday every June 28. Initially, Roniaiah’s family desired her to become a football player, though she hated to play football.
Roniaiah was in doubt about her sexuality. Therefore, she desired to check her sexuality and decided to start catfishing people. She also confessed to Dr. Phil being transgender. Currently, she is not in jail and lives in Carson, California.
Naya forged her online character’s death to Manti after she became emotionally absorbed in their relationship for four years, pretending it was a scene from a random movie.
Since then, Roniah has continued living her life. She now considers herself to be transgender. She also has gained a passion for Siva Samoa, and she can be frequently seen her performing in events honoring the Polynesian way of life. Naya also confessed that she became emotionally invested in the situation with Teo.
Moreover, after the scandal faded, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo kept her distance from the media, including Instagram, and avoided doing interviews. She admitted in the Netflix documentary that being Lennay helped her figure out some things about herself.
Who is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, Cousin?
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo, allegedly acted as “Lennay Kekua” during phone calls with Manti Te’o.
Tino Tuiasosopo, the cousin of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, used to work for her father’s construction company.
Moreover, The New York Daily News stated that the woman Manti Te’o had lengthy phone conversations with was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo faking a female voice. According to The New York Post, the voice of Lennay was Tuiasosopo’s female cousin Tino.
Another Tuiasosopo told the Post, “Tino is the girl Manti has been talking to all these months.” And after hearing the voicemails on Katie Couric’s show, the source said, “There is no doubt that the voice is of Tino.”
Tino got involved with the hoax in late 2011 after her long-distance boyfriend broke up with her.
Family Tree of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo
Titus Tuiasosopo and Cheannie Tali Leota gave birth to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
On May 13, 1990, Ronaiah’s parents, Cheannie Tali and Titus Tuiasosopo tied their knot and walked down the aisle.
Ronaiah “Naya” Tuiasosopo resides with her family in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, Carson, California.
In 2020 Ronaiah’s father passed away.
Tuiasosopo grew raised in a football-playing family. Her father has shared a picture of him playing football on his Facebook.
Ronaiah has five siblings named Lia Manu Asoau, Seine Eteuati, Tony Paialii, Pae Tuiasosopo, and Taylor Tuiasosopo, as per her list on her Facebook site.
Ronaiah is currently single and is very attached to the Somoa group of transgender. She takes the Somoa community as her second family.
Ronaiah belongs to American Nationality.
Roanaiah Tuiasosopo’s Neth Worth
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s net worth is estimated to be $100,000 as of 2022. As a result of her web hoax involving Manti Teo’s false girlfriend, she is having trouble getting employment.
Tuiasosopo is only a high school graduate and has been an assistant store manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement since 2022. So far, she has been in this job for more than two years as it is hard for her to find another new job with sufficient pay.