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Shayanna tells ‘Dr. Phil’ her fiance wasn’t gay

May 17, 2017

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee does not believe the Patriots superstar turned convicted murderer was gay nor that he killed himself out of shame, fearing the public would find out.

In part two of the “Dr. Phil” sitdown with Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez yesterday, the syndicated shrink lobbed questions about Hernandez’s sexuality and his rumored affair with fellow inmate Kyle Kennedy for half the hour.

Taped May 9, the day Hernandez’s conviction for the murder of Odin L. Lloyd was vacated on a technicality, Jenkins-Hernandez said she had heard rumors of Hernandez’s sexuality before his April 19 death and asked him about it.

Hernandez told her he wasn’t gay.

“I had no indication or feeling that he was such,” she told Dr. Phil McGraw. “He was very much a man to me. I don’t know where this came from. It’s embarrassing, and 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.”

As for the idea that he killed himself rather than risk the public finding out, Jenkins Hernandez said, “It doesn’t sound like Aaron. Aaron never, never necessarily ran from a situation. ... We’re in 2017. There’s so many people that are coming out, that feel comfortable in their skin. I didn’t see him as being uncomfortable. “

She denied reports that Hernandez left behind a note for Kennedy.

The mother of his 4-year-old daughter also said she did not know if he killed himself so she could collect $6.5 million from the New England Patriots. “I can’t speculate on what he was thinking,” she said.

She doubled down on her testimony in the Lloyd trial, saying she never considered looking in the box Hernandez instructed her to remove out of their home, the one some believe may have held the weapon used to kill Lloyd.

Even McGraw seemed to be a bit incredulous, saying, “You don’t nag, you don’t ask questions, you just do it.”

“I pick and choose my battles,” she responded.

As in the first hour that aired Monday, Jenkins Hernandez seemed preternaturally composed, spoke a lot and yet said little.

She acknowledged she is estranged from her sister, who was romantically involved with Lloyd, and Hernandez’s family, whom she feels did not support the Patriots player enough during his trials.

It’s unclear what Jenkins Hernandez got out of this extended “Dr. Phil” appearance. If, as she said, she wants to start a life free from the media spotlight, this seemed a curious way to do it.