Aaron Hernandez denied to his fiancee that he was gay, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez said in a television interview, rejecting published reports that suggested revelations about his sexuality might have played a role in the former NFL star's suicide.
"I had no indication or any feeling that he was such," Jenkins Hernandez told Dr. Phil in an interview aired Tuesday. "He was very much a man to me. I don't know where this came from. It's embarrassing, in a sense. It's hurtful, regardless if it's true or not. It's just not something that I saw. It's not something that I believe. It's just not him."
Jenkins Hernandez said she did not know if Hernandez had concerns that rumors of his sexuality might be swirling in the Massachusetts prisons where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez, 27, the former New England Patriots star from Bristol, was found hanging by a bedsheet in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early on April 19.
His death was ruled a suicide by the Worcester district attorney's office and the case is closed. Jenkins Hernandez has said she doesn't believe the state's version of events.
Jenkins Hernandez also said on Tuesday's show that a suicide note left by Hernandez was addressed to his lawyers, not a prison lover as had been reported in some media outlets. Hernandez also left notes to Jenkins Hernandez and the couple's daughter.
In a phone call to his fiancee only hours before he died, Aaron Hernandez gave no indications he was going to kill himself, Jenkins Hernandez said in the first part of the interviews aired Monday.