It’s been less than a week since former NFL star Aaron Hernandez took his own life while behind bars serving a life sentence for murder. And since then, countless rumors have come out about the troubled 27-year-old’s life in prison — including claims that he was bisexual and had a “gay lover” while locked up.
And now, in an exclusive interview with In Touch, his cousin Davina Hernandez broke her silence on the allegations that he wrote letters to his mother, his fiancée Shayanna, his daughter Avielle, and his rumored lover.
Aaron’s fiancée and daughter.
“The original information that the family was given was that there was no letters. How does that change so quickly to being three letters and then change again to who the letters were to,” she told In Touch exclusively. “At this point, it would best if people just let him rest in peace.”
She added, “He’s definitely never made any mention of [having a lover in prison]. No, he would just always say, ‘I’m fine.’ He would always say he kept to himself so I don’t really know how true that is or if he just wanted us to know that he was ok. I don’t know.”
Aaron’s lawyer, Jose Baez, has previously shared his suspicions that Aaron’s “suicide” may have been a murder — explaining that he and Aaron’s family didn’t think he was at risk of taking his own life prior to his death — and Davina told In Touch that she doesn’t know what to think following the sad news of her cousin’s death.
“I mean, I would hope that our justice system wouldn’t allow something like that to happen, but I really don’t know what to think about this point. I do still feel that it’s shocking that this happened,” she said. “It’s just really hard to process. I don’t know what to believe at this point.”
She said that the last time another cousin spoke to Aaron, the day before his shocking death, the former Patriots player seemed to be optimistic.
“He was just hopeful. He just seemed very hopeful and optimistic,” she told In Touch. “He was just very excited and it’s just the most hope he’s had in a long time.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.