Manti Te’o Says JAY-Z Impressed Him to Inform His Story

Manti Te’o was impressed to revisit his story by one thing JAY-Z mentioned at a live performance, the soccer star revealed on CBS Mornings on Aug. 16. Within the interview, Te’o mentioned that one line JAY-Z rapped at first of the present struck him, and ultimately led him to inform his aspect of the story within the Netflix documentary “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Did not Exist.”

Te’o was at a live performance on JAY-Z’s 4:44 tour in 2017 with some teammates when he heard the fateful phrases. “At that live performance, JAY-Z opens with saying these phrases, ‘You can’t heal what you do not reveal,'” Te’o mentioned. “And it could have been just a few random phrases to all people, however for me, at the moment, it hit me like a ton of bricks.”

On the time he made the album “4:44,” JAY-Z — embroiled in a dishonest scandal detailed in his spouse Beyoncé’s visionary, game-changing album “Lemonade” — was going by his personal means of self-confrontation and therapeutic, and his confessional album 4:44 finds catharsis by honesty. “I fall wanting what I say I am all about,” he raps on the observe “Kill Jay Z,” which might go on to encourage Te’o years later. “You may’t heal what you by no means reveal. you owe the reality / To all of the youth that fell in love with JAY-Z.”

These phrases impressed Te’o revisit a traumatic time in his life. When he was a senior at Notre Dame College, Te’o was a star soccer participant who gained nationwide consideration when he revealed that his grandmother and his girlfriend had died on the identical day. Later, nonetheless, journalists at Deadspin revealed that his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua — who Te’o had solely interacted with on-line — really did not exist. Te’o had been catfished, and he shortly grew to become the topic of widespread scrutiny and mock.

Te’o was ultimately drafted into the NFL, and went on to marry and have children of his personal, however scars from the incident remained. After listening to what JAY-Z mentioned, he realized that “to ensure that me to type of heal from this, I wanted to disclose it.”

He does that and extra within the Netflix documentary, offering viewers with a window into his perspective and showcasing his personal pure-hearted nature within the course of. He has obtained an outpouring of help following the documentary’s launch, and launched a message of thanks for his followers shortly after it aired. “It has been so wonderful to me to listen to the battles that we’re all going through, the challenges that we’re going through in our lives at the moment, and the way the documentary has given a few of us hope, the additional push simply to maintain going,” he wrote on Instagram, including that he hopes the documentary will “give a few of us hope who wanted it, to inform those that wanted some love that they are liked, and to assist them to forgive, to forgive others, and, most significantly, to forgive themselves.”

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