A man claiming to be the ex-lover of the Orlando attacker Omar Mateen came forward Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Univision, saying he engaged in a sexual relationship the shooter.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea,” the man, identified only as “Miguel,” told Univision News. “But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism.”
Instead, the heavily disguised man believes Mateen “did it for revenge.”
Miguel claimed to have met Mateen via Grindr, a popular gay dating app. He told Univision host Maria Elena Salinas that he met the radicalized Muslim between 15 and 20 times during the span of their relationship, which 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, who killed 49 people in his violent raid, 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.”