On Tuesday, a man claiming to be Omar Mateen’s former lover told Univision that he did not believe the Orlando shooter’s motive was terrorism, but revenge against gay Puerto Ricans for perceived slights against him.
The man, disguised by prosthetics and only identified as “Miguel,” said in an exclusive interview that Mateen’s marriage was a facade to hide his sexual orientation and the two were “friends with benefits” for two months after meeting on gay dating app Grindr. According to Miguel, Mateen harbored a hatred for Puerto Ricans for “all the bad things they did to him,” including an HIV scare last year. From Mediaite:
“‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me,’” Miguel recalled Mateen telling him.
“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.”
Univision reports that they could not verify Miguel’s story, but were able to confirm that the FBI had interviewed him and that Mateen was a regular at the hotel where Miguel says the two often stayed.
Last week, Orlando survivor Patience Carter told CBS News that Mateen offered to spare black club patrons during his rampage, saying, “I don’t have a problem with black people. This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.”