A man who claims to have been Omar Mateen's lover came forward to Univison on Tuesday to give more information behind Mateen's possible motivation for shooting up a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month. The man, disguised with prosthetics and using the fake name "Miguel," went on the record to say that he does not believe the shooting was an act of terrorism, but an act of revenge against Puerto Rican gays that may have slighted him.
Miguel claims to have met Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr and pursued a two-month-long sexual relationship with him. Despite calling 911 and pledging his allegiance to Isis, Miguel believes that Mateen's motivation behind the shooting was an act of revenge against Latino gay men, and not one with religious ties. "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" says Miguel, alleging that last year, Mateen had sex with an HIV+ man who did not disclose his status to him, and that might have set off the attack which took place during "Latin Night" at Pulse nightclub. From Mediaite:
“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.”
Of course, anyone can slap on some bad special effects makeup and claim to know something. For that reason Univision reports that they could not verify Miguel’s story, but they were able to confirm that the FBI had interviewed him. The investigation is ongoing, and the FBI has neither confirmed or denied Miguel's story yet.