The woman then tried to restart her relationship with Te'o.
Te'o asked for a photo with a date stamp to verify her identity, the paper reports, but wasn't convinced and later went to his family and school officials to describe the hoax.
As we walked over the bridge to see France we stopped to take a picture with a Photopass person.
The woman on the line during that phone call told Te'o she had to fake her own death in order to elude drug dealers, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports, citing a source close to Te'o's family.
"He was crying, he was literally crying, he's like 'I know, I know what I have to do.'"It's not only Manti, but he was telling me that it's a lot of other people they had done this to."Notre Dame issued a news release Wednesday after reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua, Te'o's supposed girlfriend, existing.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that coaches were informed by Te'o and his parents on Dec.
The friend, a woman in her mid-20s, agreed to be interviewed under the condition that she not be identified, saying she was fearful for her family's safety because of the overwhelming publicity the story has generated.
In the interview, she did allow for her voice to be recorded.