A man claiming to be the ex-lover of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, came forward Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Univision, saying he was engaged in a sexual relationship the shooter.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea,” the man, identified only as “Miguel,” told Univision News. He also suggested Mateen’s motives were not radical Islamic terrorism alone; he believes Mateen “did it for revenge” as well.
Miguel claimed to have met Mateen via Grindr, a popular gay dating app. He told Univision host Maria Elena Salinas he met the radicalized Muslim between 15 and 20 times during the span of their relationship. The relationship then ended in December of last year, when Miguel moved away from Orlando.
Mateen’s alleged lover said the two engaged in a “friends with benefits”-style relationship, adding that the Orlando shooter was “100 percent” gay. When news of the shooting first broke, Miguel said he was surprised because he always felt his supposed ex-lover was “affectionate” and “sweet.” Mateen even enjoyed being cuddled, Miguel said.
Miguel also suggested Mateen’s rage against gay Puerto Rican men might have been rooted in the fact that the terrorist had sex with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom was secretly HIV positive.
“He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin — but he felt rejected,” the man said. “He felt used by them — there were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him.”
Mateen, according to Miguel, was “terrified” he, too, was HIV positive. “When I asked him what he was going to do now, his answer was, ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me,’” Miguel recalled.
The FBI has confirmed to Univision that they have interviewed the alleged lover.
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