This one’s real! Manti Te’o was the victim of one of the most famous catfish incidents ever, but the NFL player has now found himself a girlfriend named Jovi Nicole Engbino. But does this bombshell have a criminal past hiding behind her drop-dead gorgeous looks?
Manti Te’o, 24, may finally have a happy ending after being caught up in his notorious catfish scandal. But unlike Lennay Kekua, Manny’s new girlfriend, Jovi Nicole Engbino, 28, actually exists. But don’t get fooled: like Britney Spears, 34, Jovi may not be that innocent.
Manny and Jovi have been dating for a few months, reports TMZ. The San Diego Chargers star’s new babe is a model and shared pictures of her cuddling up to her football hunk on her Instagram before she made the account private, reports the Daily Mail.
Before she closed the account to the public, Jovi shared a picture of her in in Manny’s No. 50 Chargers jersey. She also uploaded a video at a football game where she zooms in on her boy as he walks along the sideline, reports the New York Daily Mail. That’s so sweet! Jovi also has a love for staying in shape, as she was reportedly a fitness bodybuilder that competed with National Physique Committee in 2013.
While Jovi Nicole may look flawless in Victoria’s Secret lingerie, this model is not a complete angel. The young woman has reportedly been arrested at least three times in Arizona on a variety of charges, according to the Daily Mail, including drug possession to felony theft. Jovi’s mugshot also ran in a “Most Wanted” ad in 2009, per Busted Coverage, and her most recent alleged offense was in 2014.
Even if Jovi Nicole has a rap sheet, at least she’s an actual person. That’s a huge change since the last time Manti’s love life was in the news. The football star became famous thanks to an elaborate hoax while he was in college at Notre Dame. Manny thought he had an online relationship with a woman named Lennay Kekua, who died while battling leukemia. Turns out it was really a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
“As twisted and confusing as it may be, yeah, I cared for [Manti,]” Ronaiah told Dr. Phil when he admitted to the hoax in 2013. “I did all that I could to help this person become a better person, even though I wasn’t getting nothing out of it.” Hopefully, Ronaiah has moved on because Manti has clearly put that embarrassing moment in his rear-view mirror.
What do you think about Manti’s new girlfriend, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad she’s real?