The Orlando nightclub gunman was “100 percent” gay a man who claims he was his lover for two months told Univison.
Days after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 50 others inside of a gay nightclub in Orlando, law enforcement officials confirmed the gunman had visited online gay chat rooms.
Despite expressing outrage at the sight of two men kissing and making inflammatory comments about gays, officials say Mateen not only visited online gay chat rooms, but he also frequented the same nightclub he would eventually terrorize.
Now, a man who claims he was Mateen’s lover for two months has come forward to talk about possible motives behind the horrific terror attack.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge,” he told Univision in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
The man agreed to the Univision interview, but only if he could conceal his true identity and wear a disguise.
The man, who calls himself Miguel in the interview, told Univision that he and Mateen became “friends with benefits” after meeting on a gay dating site last year.
Miguel described Mateen as “a very sweet guy” and said he was stunned when he heard about the massacre.
“My reaction was that can’t be the man I know. It’s impossible that the man I know could do that,” he said.
During the attack, Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
While the investigators continue to look into the motive behind the attack, Miguel told Univision that he believes Mateen was angry and upset after a man he had sex with later revealed he was infected with the HIV virus.
“He [Omar] was terrified that he was infected,” he said. “I asked him, ‘Did you do a test?’ Yes. He went to the pharmacy and did the test … it came out negative but it doesn’t come out right away. It takes 4, 5 months.”
“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.'”
“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 said. “I believe this crazy horrible thing he did – that was revenge.”
The man said he had been approached by the FBI regarding his alleged relationship with the shooter.
The FBI confirmed to Univision that it had met with him.