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'We Were Looking So Bright': Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Speaks to Dr. Phil

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    Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, testifies in his double murder trial.
    Jenkins is questioned about what she recalls about the Alexander Bradley shooting and describes her relationship with Hernandez, which revolved around cooking, cleaning, and caring for the baby.

    (Published Thursday, March 30, 2017)

    Aaron Hernandez's fiancée is breaking her silence in a new interview with Dr. Phil.

    The exclusive, two-part interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez is set to air on Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16.

    According to the show, Jenkins-Hernandez "sets the record straight" about Hernandez's prison suicide, rumors about his "purported secret romantic life" and whether she thinks he killed himself so she could collect millions of dollars.

    She told Dr. Phil that she had no idea Hernandez was thinking about killing himself after he was acquitted of double murder.


    "I felt like we were looking so bright," Jenkins-Hernandez said. "We were going up a ladder to a positive direction."

    She said she didn't believe the phone call when she was told that Hernandez was dead.

    "I thought it was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me," she said.

    Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.

    Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks, investigators said. They also said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

    His Bible was found marked with blood at John 3:16, a verse that describes eternal life for those who believe in God. The verse name was also written in blood on the wall and in pen on his forehead.

    A suicide note to Jenkins-Hernandez was released last week by prosecutors.

    "Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I'm always with you," the letter began.


    "I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel - literally! We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics [sic] is that of a true angel and the definition of God's love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme's, the Almighty's plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me - those are my boys. (YOU'RE RICH) I knew I loved you = Savage Garden."

    Investigators said that Hernandez left three handwritten notes in his prison cell before he hanged himself. One was reportedly addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and the other to their daughter. A lawyer for an inmate and friend of Hernandez's has said the third note was written to his client.

    Earlier this week, a judge threw out Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd because he died before his appeal could be heard.