In a sit-down interview with ABC News' Amy Robach that will air Wednesday on "Good Morning America," Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said that while Hernandez did not express to her in any way he may have been gay or bisexual, if he did, she "would not have loved him any differently."
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, was found guilty of murder in April 2015 for the killing of Odin Lloyd, the 27-year-old fiance of Jenkins-Hernandez' sister, who was found shot to death in a suburb of Boston about two years earlier. After Hernandez's trial, and prior to his suicide in his prison cell in 2017, his alleged relationships with men became a topic of discussion.
"You can't describe someone's sexuality without them being here," Jenkins-Hernandez told ABC News. "Although I have a child with Aaron, I still can't tell you how he was feeling inside. No one can."
Jenkins-Hernandez said that she knew of Sansoucie, but doesn't know him well and he wasn't very involved in Hernandez's adult life.
However, she said through tears, "You start to feel for people that may be hiding inside how they really feel. And I -- I feel awful for that."
Jenkins-Hernandez, who was engaged to Hernandez at the time of his suicide and shares a daughter with him, said he was "certainly a man to me. There was no behavior that made me think differently."
She wishes that if Hernandez had been hiding his sexuality, he would have come to her.
"If he did feel that way or if he felt the urge, I wish that I -- I was told," said Jenkins-Hernandez. "And I wish that he -- you know, he would've told me 'cause I wouldn't -- I would not have loved him any differently. I would have understood. It's not shameful and I don't think anybody should be ashamed of who they are inside, regardless of who they love. I think it's a beautiful thing, I just wish I was able to tell him that."