The ex-wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, 29, said her ex-husband was a "sick person" who often beat her throughout their marriage.
Sitora Yusufiy, 27, spoke to ABC News about her former husband, saying that while she was shocked by his horrific actions, she recognized that something was wrong with him years ago.
"He would be perfectly normal and happy, joking, laughing one minute -- the next minute his temper… his body would just [go] totally the opposite," Yusufiy said on June 12. The mass shooting occurred in the early morning hours of that day.
"Anger, emotionally violent and that later evolved into abuse, to beating," Yusufiy added. "After being abused and after trying to do that and see the good in him, I can honestly say this is a sick person. This was a sick person that was really confused and went crazy."
The couple met on Myspace in 2008 and dated for a short time before getting married. The beginning of their relationship was normal, she said.
"He was a normal guy, joking, laughing, you know, like having fun," she told ABC News.
A few weeks into their marriage, however, Mateen began showing an angry side — reportedly forcing his wife to get a job and then taking the money she made for himself.
"It was just his personal form on control. He wanted to control me and do whatever he [could] to keep me hostage," Yusufiy said, adding that he often would rant about gay people when he’d get angry.
“In those moments of emotional instability, he would express his anger towards [a] certain culture, homosexuality, because in Islamic culture, it is not really tolerated, homosexuality," she said. "And I know at the time he was trying to get his life straight and follow his faith."
Yusufiy said that during their marriage, Mateen was religious but not radical.
Yusufiy left Mateen in 2009, and they were officially divorced in 2011.
“I thought I had closed the chapter on this horrible mistake that I had gotten myself into and forgot all about it and we’re free from it," she said. "But this is the most shocking, heartbreaking experience."
Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, has also spoken out about the shooting, saying that he was "saddened" by his son’s actions, the Washington Post reported. He also posted a video to Facebook, in which he said that he was shocked that his son took it upon himself to kill 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality,” he said, according to the Post. “This is not for the servants.”