The fiancée of Aaron Hernandez is disputing rumors that the former New England Patriot was gay.
In a televised interview Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez told Dr. Phil she confronted Hernandez about gay rumors and he denied them. “I asked him if it were true,” she said, and he replied “that it wasn’t.”
On April 19, Hernandez was found dead in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where he was serving time for the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins-Hernandez’s sister. Authorities say he hung himself with bedsheets in the cell, just five days after being acquitted in a separate double-murder trial.
Hernandez reportedly wrote three suicide notes—one to Jenkins-Hernandez, one to his daughter, and one to a man he reportedly had a relationship with in prison. But his fiancee insists, “I had no indication or any feeling that he was [gay]. He was very much a man to me. I don’t know where this came from.”
Newsweek reports Hernandez’s alleged longtime male lover, a high school friend, was interviewed extensively by authorities after Lloyd’s murder, and was forced to testify in front of a grand jury.
Jenkins-Hernandez maintains, however, the letters were to her, their daughter, and his lawyers. She says the note her was strange.
“It screamed love, but it wasn’t personal. It wasn’t intimate.. There were some odd parts where It didn’t make sense,” she claimed. “The handwriting was similar but I feel like, again, you have nothing but time in there, so, I feel like it’s easily duplicated. Or could be.”
Law enforcement officials claim Hernandez moved money into three accounts shortly before his arrest—one for Jenkins-Hernandez; a second for their daughter; and the third, where the most money was moved, for his boyfriend.
In the Dr. Phil interview, Jenkins-Hernandez insisted her fiancé was innocent of LLoyd’s murder, and claimed she didn’t believe he killed himself, either.
Following Massachusetts law, Hernandez’s conviction in the Lloyd case was vacated after his suicide, but prosecutors plan to appeal.