A new interview with a man claiming to be Omar Mateen’s gay lover includes some shocking statements. The man calls himself Miguel but had his name, appearance, and voice were altered to protect his anonymity.
Miguel says that he met Omar Mateen on Grindr and at that point, they became “friends with benefits” for the next two months. He claims that Mateen was “100% gay” and that his wife was aware of his homosexuality.
While we do not know how much of Miguel’s story is true, we do know that the FBI confirmed interviewing this man about his relationship with Mateen. Miguel claims the FBI interrogated him on three occasions. He says that to corroborate his story there should also be hotel surveillance footage showing him and Mateen together.
He claims he knows Mateen’s true motive. “He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin — but he felt rejected,” Miguel 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. I believe this crazy, horrible thing he did — that was revenge.”
He says he was specifically hated Puerto Ricans because he thought he may have been infected with HIV after having a threesome with two Puerto Rican men. Miguel said he was shocked by Mateen’s actions, because he came across as a very “sweet” guy who claimed Islam was a religion that prioritized love.
Miguel says that Mateen may have pledged loyalty to ISIS to be seen as a hero in his father’s eyes. His father, Seddique Mateen, posted on Facebook that gay people were should die and would be punished by God.
Again, we are unable at this time to verify everything that Miguel has said. However, if there is truth to his story, it sheds light on Mateen’s motives and why the shooting happened on Latin night.