A man who claims to have had a 10-month affair with convicted killer Chris Watts is opening up exclusively to Inside Edition about their relationship.
Trent Bolte, 29, said he met Watts on the dating app MeetMe in 2017. "He said he didn't know if he was bisexual or gay," Bolte recalled, adding that Watts admitted he had a family, but gave the impression that he was separated from wife Shan'ann.
Bolte first came to the public's attention when he phoned in to Ashleigh Banfield's “Crime & Justice” on HLN anonymously last August, shortly after Watts' arrest. Now Bolte has decided to come forward and let his face be seen.
Bolte, who disputed media reports that he's a male escort, said that he and Watts sometimes got hotel rooms for their clandestine meetings. He also said that Watts paid for him to have several cosmetic procedures, including lip injections and Botox in his forehead and around his eyebrows.
Their relationship, according to Bolte, was pretty normal. They even enjoyed watching Netflix together — "I got him into 'Orange Is the New Black,'" Bolte said.
Bolte added that he met Watts' two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, at a Colorado shopping center one day last February.
"Cece just talked up a storm," said Bolte. "She was one of the happiest little girls I've ever seen.
"Bella was very shy," he continued.
Bolte said he never suspected for a second that Watts would hurt the girls. "He was very attentive, very loving," he said. "... They seemed very comfortable with him.
"He was very proud of his daughters."
Eventually, Bolte found out that Watts was still living with Shan'ann, who he said Watts claimed was "verbally and emotionally abusive."
"I said, 'Why don't you just file for divorce?' He said, 'I'm just worried that she won't let me see the girls,'" Bolte said.
Bolte claims he's still haunted by some of the comments Watts made about his family during their relationship, saying that Watts frequently spoke about getting rid of Shan'ann.
One time, after Bolte said he heard Shan'ann shouting at Watts on the phone, he said Watts told him, "There's gotta be some way to get this effing [b****] out of my life."
The two eventually split in early May 2018, according to Bolte. He blames Watts' "lies" for the end of their relationship.
Days before the murders of Shan'ann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and Bella and Celeste, Bolte said he received a long text message from Watts.
"Chris said that he was in love with me," Bolte recalled. "He said he had never been so comfortable with someone. He said he felt like he could actually be himself around me."
News of Watts' arrest shortly afterward came as a "complete shock," Bolte said.
"I got ill," Bolte said. "... I wish I had never met him."
Watts was sentenced to five life sentences in November after pleading guilty to the charges he faced in order to avoid possibly getting the death penalty.