A man claiming to be the former-lover of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen has come forward saying he knows the real reason for the tragic Pulse nightclub attack that ultimately claimed 49 innocent lives.
Appearing on television program Univision, the man was identified only as Miguel and made up in facial prosthetics to protect his identity.
Speaking in Spanish throughout the interview, the man claimed to have been on many romantic trysts with Mateen, saying they met on Grindr and had a date at popular gay spot Parliament House before eventually moving into a “friends with benefits” arrangement.
“It was like any other date,” Miguel said of their first meeting.
Meeting for hookups between 15 and 20 times between October and December of last year, Miguel says the pair used the Ambassador Hotel as a rendezvous spot to meet and have sex.
Initially, Miguel said Mateen was "sweet" and "adorable", adding that he also loved to cuddle. But he quickly realised that Mateen was a confused man and got an insight into the father-of-one's turmoil when he spoke furiously about other gay men, particularly Latino men who frequented Pulse.
During their relationship Mateen admitted to Miguel he was married and had a son.
Despite their agreement, Miguel said that Mateen was hooking up with other men at the same time, saying he was a known regular at both Pulse nightclub and the Embassy Hotel. The hotel confirmed that Mateen stayed there at least 63 times last year alone.
After Mateen learned that a man he had been in a threesome with was HIV Positive, things quickly got dark, Miguel says, with Mateen growing furious.
Saying he felt rejected by the Latino men at Pulse, Miguel believes Mateen's motive was revenge, wanting to "make them pay", he said.