Tiger Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel talked about her affair with the pro-golfer during an interview published Thursday by Extra.
Uchitel opened up about the way the news about the affair changed her life.
“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 during the interview. “I needed to take the shackles off and be able tell my story for me. I have spent years under the shame of what’s been going on.” (RELATED: REPORT: Former Tiger Woods Mistress Opens Up About Their Affair)
“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,” she continued. “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 and Woods first met at a nightclub in New York City, Fox News reported. He allegedly asked for her number and texted her minutes later. Woods was married to Elin Nordegren at the time. The couple finalized their divorce on Aug. 23, 2010.
“The whole thing has made my life a living hell for the last 10 years,” Uchitel said during the video.
Uchitel participated in the HBO documentary about Woods set to premiere on Jan. 10.