A former classmate of Omar Mateen’s 2006 police academy class, however, said he believed Mateen was gay.
Mateen had asked him out (the classmate) who asked not to be named, said he was gay in 2006 but had not yet come out about his sexuality.
“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate said.
“He just wanted to fit in and no one liked him,” he said. “He was always socially awkward,” .
Mateen, who had married again, this time to Noor Salman who bore him a son, also visited Pulse several times over the past three years, according to club patrons.
One couple, who work together as drag-dancing performers, said they’d seen Mateen as many as a dozen times at Pulse.
Ty Smith and Chris Callen also said they’d seen him escorted drunk from the club more than once.
Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent.
We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times. He told us he had a wife and child. “He ended up pulling a knife,” Callen said. “He said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out.” apparently after someone made a joke about religion.
A second person has said he saw the Pulse club gunman on a gay dating app, as well as seeing him at the bar with a drink. Kevin West had earlier said he met Mateen more than a year ago when he reached out to West on Jack’d, a dating app for men.
The homophobic maniac who murdered 49 people inside Orlando’s gay-friendly nightclub Pulse Sunday morning had been hanging out there for three years — and chatted with men via online dating services like Grindr, said multiple witnesses who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of Mateen’s habits.
Mateen’s family said his bloody rampage was sparked by anti-gay hatred.
But his ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, when asked on Monday if he was gay, sat in silence for a few seconds before answering, “I don’t know.”
She said Mateen — who she married in 2009 but left months later, claiming he beat her — confessed to her that he liked to go nightclubbing.
“When we had gotten married, he confessed to me about his past — that was recent at that time — and that he very much enjoyed going to clubs and the nightlife,” Yusufiy said. “So, I feel like it’s a side of him or a part of him that he lived but probably didn’t want everybody to know about.”
As rumors circulated that Mateen had been hiding a double life, his father Seddique Mateen insisted Monday his son was not gay.
“It’s not true. Why, if he is gay, would he do this?” – Mateen Snr.
“If it was true I would say yes, if it’s not true I say it’s not true,” .
The performer recalled his first words with Mateen three years ago.
“He was a nice guy,” he said of the shooter. “He was at the bar. He was actually talking with another guy. I turned around. I was in drag. I said hello. He seemed comfortable,”
“As I was onstage he was standing next to somebody, having a conversation, having a good time close to the stage. Later on that night … he was out there dancing with another guy. It could be he just went crazy. Maybe he got radicalized and hated who he was,”