A man claiming to be Omar Mateen’s former gay lover is speaking out about the Orlando shooting which claimed the lives of 49 people.
Speaking in an interview in Spanish and English with Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas, the man’s facial features were disguised, his voice altered and his identity said to be “Miguel.”
Miguel claims he met Mateen on Grindr and the two began a “friends with benefits” relationship, meeting 15 to 20 times within two months. Miguel says Mateen was “terrified” of Puerto Rican men following a sexual encounter with one man who said he was HIV-positive.
“He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin, but he felt rejected. 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,” Miguel told Univision.
“He hated gay Puerto Ricans for all the bad things they do to him,” Miguel says. “I know a lot of people are going to feel a lot of pain for what I’m going to say. But I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was for revenge.”
Miguel claims he reached out to the FBI following the shooting. Univision confirmed with the FBI that they had spoken with Miguel.
Miguel also says he never knew Mateen to be a violent person during their relationship.
“He was looking for love. He was looking to be embraced,” Miguel says.
There have been multiple reports that Mateen was a regular patron at Pulse and used gay hookup apps such as Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam.