Manti Te’o

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Though audiences may first recognize Te'o's name, the documentary opens with Tuiasosopo

Manti Te’o

Sports Illustrated describes how the relationship has intensified, with Te'o saying he responds to Kekua's values

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Manti Te’o

They met on social media, with Tuiasosopo using a photo of a woman from Facebook and sending Te'o a friend request.

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Manti Te’o

Teo said in the documentary that he verified her through mutual acquaintances and that catfishing was not that well known back then

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Manti Te’o

Te’o’s explanation at the time was that he was in a modern relationship. “This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time

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Manti Te’o

It's incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online," he said in a statement.

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Manti Te’o

We maintained what I considered to be an authentic relationship by communicating online and on the phone frequently, and I cared deeply for her

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Manti Te’o

Tuiasosopo explains in the documentary that he created Kekua in part because he was "hurting" and struggling with his identity. "It was a black hole that consumed my life," Tuiasosopo said.