Manti Te’o Deletes His Twitter Account Following ‘Girlfriend Hoax’ Criticism

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Fatimah Mazhar
After a very long, rather socially embarrassing, never-heard-before ‘girlfriend’ hoax (just days before Valentine’s Day) and getting trolled by internet bullies and international media, Manti Te’o finally deleted his Twitter account.

Girlfriend Hoax

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It seems as if too much tweeting on Twitter got Te’o terrified and terribly troubled!

After a very long, rather socially embarrassing, never-heard-before ‘girlfriend’ hoax (just days before Valentine’s Day) and getting trolled by internet bullies and international media, Manti Te’o finally deleted his Twitter account.

@MTeo_5, the Twitter handle for Teo’s account is no longer functional and according to reports, the former Notre Dame linebacker will be off from Twitter for an ‘indefinite’ period of time. Deleting the account would hopefully keep Te’o away from the mess he had been caught up in for the past few weeks and help him concentrate on the preparation for the NFLdraft.

The whole ‘imaginary’ girlfriend situation has made people make some really awful (yet funny) speculations about his love life-if it exists. People criticized him for misleading the media with made-up stories about his interaction with Lennay Kekua, the girlfriend who died of cancer but really didn’t because, well, she wasn’t real in the first place.

Unfortunately, for Manti Te’o of course, Kekua was actually a fictional character created by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who later admitted that he had interacted with Te’o over phone calls and text messages as a woman- who later died of leukemia but actually didn’t because he was not leukemic neither a real woman for that matter.

Twitter was flooded with comments in which Te’o was trashed by people over the weird controversy. The pressure became huge and he finally deleted his account on Sunday. Many celebrities have come and left Twitterbefore. Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Demi Lovato are the most prominent celebrities who have had an off and on relationship with Twitter. Actor James Franco deleted his account for good.

Though the site provides a direct link to their fans and followers, celebrities mostly leave Twitter because it has an equally strong backlash from them if any controversy arises. And since famous people do not like to be questioned (but like to do questionable stuff) they leave Twitter to avoid conflict.

Some of the comments that led Manti Te’o to deactivate his Twitter account have been listed below:

Some even want to ask out Manti’s girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.

Some people connected the ‘invisible’ girlfriend with the Super Bowl 2013 blackout on Sunday.

One even claimed to have had dinner with Kekua.

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