Hernandez reportedly opened up to his defense attorney George Leontire and ex-girlfriend Alyssa Anderson about this sexuality in 2013, while in prison.
In a clip from the Oxygen special Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, Anderson talks about her re-connection while Hernandez while in prison. The two dated while at the University of Florida and she reached out to by writing letters. The correspondence eventually touched on Hernandez's troubled childhood and his struggles coming to terms of his sexuality. "The letters became more intense," Anderson says. "He did open up about some of the struggles he had gone through as a kid. He admitted to being molested as a kid, but he never dealt with it. And it lead to issues with his sexuality." Anderson also stated that she spoke to him about the questions of his sexuality, apparently he received romantic text messages from a male, refused to talk about it.
"Back in college, there were text messages I saw on his phone when he came back home from Connecticut," she says. "It was a male, didn't have a name, didn't say too much, but it was a relationship with someone. When I questioned him about it, he always denied it. Then in one of the letters, he opened up about it. He did admit to it."
In his suicide letter (we will not post the letter) there is a passage that some points directly to his sexuality "Please keep this between us," Hernandez wrote, presumably referring to his sexuality. "But it's not a shock, you caught me, [laugh out loud]." Leontire also states that his client 'acknowledged' his sexuality to him. "This man clearly was gay," Leontire says. "[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him. ... I think that he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred."