Tiger Woods’ ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel says her life has been a “living hell” for years since her affair with the golfer.
During his marriage to ex-wife Elin Nordegren, the professional golf player had an affair with a slew of women. One of those women – Uchitel – says she’s been living with “shame” ever since her entanglement with Woods.
In an interview with Extra, Uchitel shared what life has been like for her 10 years later. “I have been silent for over a decade now, and I felt that it was really important to me to speak only once in my life because I have spent all these years letting people think what they want to think and say what they want to say,” Uchitel said. “I needed to take the shackles off and be able to tell my story for me. I have spent years under the shame of what’s been going on.”
Nordegren, now 45, said she regrets getting involved with a married man but said, “that’s for me to deal with.” She added that she doesn’t want any sympathy from outsiders looking in.
“One moment doesn’t define your life… And I don’t like to be branded as a mistress. I don’t like to be branded as a homewrecker — that’s not who I am. I’m a 45-year-old woman. I made one wrong turn 10 years ago… I didn’t throw somebody down the stairs. I didn’t kill someone. I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes,” Uchitel said.
The woman said the entire situation has followed her over the years, Fox News reports. “The whole thing has made my life a living hell for the last 10 years,” said Uchitel. The former nightclub hostess said she participated in the HBO documentary “Tiger” because she wanted people to know her side of the story. “I wanted people to see what really happened. I was not a mistress, and I was in a real relationship, and I want people to leave me alone about it. I made a bad decision. And I regret it, and I’m embarrassed about it, and… my apology is to two people, not the world, two people,” she said.
The documentary is set to show the life of Woods and personal moments, including his cheating scandals. Fox News reports the documentary will feature the story of when Uchitel first set her sights on Woods at a nightclub. Woods allegedly asked for Uchitel’s number and texted her moments after.
The first part of “Tiger” will premiere on HBO on January 10, and the second part will air on January 17.