Aaron Hernandez committed suicide on April 19, 2017. Before his death, rumors that him having a gay lover in prison began circulating online. The former New England Patriots tight end was believed to have had a close relationship with another inmate named Kyle Kennedy and reports that the two men were more than just friends quickly surfaced. These reports only intensified after Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell.
Hernandez had been engaged to his high school sweetheart, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, since 2012. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Avielle, on November 6, 2012. Avielle and her dad share the same birthday. Jenkins-Hernandez told Dr. Phil that she changed her last name in order to be a “family” and have the same last name as her daughter despite never marrying the former football star.
On Tuesday, the second part of Jenkins Hernandez’s 2-part interview with Dr. Phil will air. During this portion of their sit down, Jenkins Hernandez was asked about the rumors that Hernandez was gay.
“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. It’s embarrassing in a sense, it’s hurtful. Regardless if it was true or not, it’s just not something that I saw. It’s not something I believe and it’s not him,” Jenkins Hernandez told Dr. Phil.
As for reports that Hernandez left a suicide note for Kennedy, Jenkins Hernandez says that’s simply “not accurate.”
“I don’t know who this Kyle Kennedy is. I’ve never heard of him, honestly. Aaron has never mentioned him,” Jenkins Hernandez said. “There’s nothing for Kyle Kennedy. It’s nonexistent,” she said. As for the reports that the two men wanted to share a prison cell, Jenkins Hernandez said that her fiance liked having his own cell and never mentioned wanting a roommate.
Jenkins Hernandez went on to talk about how Kennedy should have stopped Hernandez from killing himself if the two were such great friends.
“If Kyle Kennedy was such a close friend, and Aaron was telling him he wanted to ‘hang it up,’ he would still be here because Kyle Kennedy should have, you know, poked that lightbulb in somebody’s head and been a true friend and stopped it,” she told Dr. Phil.
She also talked about how she thought it was inappropriate for Kennedy’s lawyer to talk about a watch that his client claims he was given by Hernandez, as he seemed to be bragging about it and it wasn’t “commendable.”
“I think it’s very foolish for a man, or his counsel, to come out and talk about a $50,000 watch when he has a child, and offer his condolences to his fiancée and his child but then asking for such things or saying such things. It’s not commendable. I think it’s a crock of bull,” she said.
Jenkins Hernandez and her daughter are still very much in the public eye as the details surrounding Hernandez’s death and any potential money that may come out of this turn of events are figured out. The mother of one is hoping that the media attention slows down a great deal so that she may live a peaceful life with her little girl.
“I think the media made it out to be a little more than it had to. He didn’t have a chance when it came to the media. And I’ve been subject to it and I’ve gone through my depression moments, anxiety, ways that I’ve never felt in my life. For him to be by himself and feel that way, I can only imagine. I don’t wish it upon anyone. Like I said, it’s very tragic and I think its time to let his name rest. I think that there’s a child at the end of the day that we have to look at who adores her father and I think it’s time for her to have closure and I think it’s just time to have a fresh start,” she said.
Dr. Phil airs on CBS at 4:00 p.m. EST.