The ex-wife of Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen has spoken out about her former spouse, who slaughtered at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.
The woman, who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity, said she met Mateen online about 8 years ago and moved to Florida to be with him.
The marriage was normal in the beginning but then things changed, she told the Post.
“He was not a stable person,” she said. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”
Mateen’s ex-wife said his family was from Afghanistan, but her ex-husband was born in New York. His family later moved to Florida. In a series of Myspace photos, Mateen is seen taking selfies and wearing New York Police Department shirts in a couple of the shots. His ex-wife identified him as the man in the Myspace photos.
Mateen’s ex-wife said she was having a difficult time when she first met him and decided to move to Florida to be with him. The two married in March 2009 and moved into a 2-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Fla., that Mateen’s family owned.
“He seemed like a normal human being,” she said, adding that he wasn’t very religious and worked out at the gym often. She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam. She said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.
“He was a very private person,” the former wife said.
She told the Post that her parents flew to Florida and took her back home after they learned of his abuse.
“They literally saved my life,” she said.
After she learned of the Orlando massacre she said “I am still processing. I am definitely lucky,” the Post reported.
The marriage, who she said only lasted a few months, ended in divorce in 2011.
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