Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancee Says She Wasn’t Aware Of His Sexuality, Thinks Netflix Documentary Producers Should Have Left Topic Alone

Shayanna Jenkins, baby mother and fiancee of deceased former Florida Gators and New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, gave a long-anticipated interview to Good Morning America in which she discussed the man who called Jenkins the ‘love of his life’.

Jenkins also addressed what’s really on the minds of observers: Hernandez’s alleged sexuality: According to a lifelong friend of Hernandez, Dennis Sansoucie, Aaron led the life of a deeply closeted man, and the two had for some time been intimate.

Jenkins said she wasn’t aware her fiancee may have been gay or bisexual.

“[He was] certainly a man to me. There was no behavior that made me think differently…I would not have loved him any differently.”

Jenkins also said she did not approve of Hernandez’s sexuality being discussed as part of the widely viewed Netflix documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.

“You can’t describe someone’s sexuality without them being here. Although I have a child with Aaron, I still can’t tell you how he was feeling inside. No one can.”

Jenkins broke down in tears over the thought of Hernandez coping with his alleged secret, and her not now being able to offer support to him.

“If he did feel that way or if he felt the urge, I wish that I… was told. And I wish that he- you know, he would’ve told me, ’cause I wouldn’t, I would not have loved him any differently. I would have understood. It’s not shameful and I don’t think anybody should be ashamed of who they are inside, regardless of who they love. I think it’s a beautiful thing, I just wish I was able to tell him that…You start to feel for people that may be hiding inside how they really feel. And I…feel awful for that.”

Shayanna stayed by Hernandez’s side throughout his murder trial, in which Hernandez was accused of killing Jenkins’ sister’s boyfriend. Hernandez faced two murder charges but was acquitted on one of those charges. Shortly after, he killed himself in his jail cell.

An examination of Hernandez’s brain after his death revealed he suffered from a brain condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries. Symptoms may include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking.

Hernandez and Jenkins have an 8 year old daughter.

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