Recently, a two-part documentary focusing on Tiger Woods titled “Tiger” was released on HBO. The show focuses on the rise and fall of the legendary golfer. Specifically, the second part of the documentary featured commentary from Rachel Uchitel, one of the women involved in Woods’ infamous 2009 sex scandal. Jana Kramer talked about Uchitel and also had her as a guest on her podcast.
Rachel Uchitel and Jana Kramer
Now, after 10 years of silence and not speaking on her side of the story, the documentary was her chance to break free from the scandal and talk about her life since.
Jana Kramer, a country artist and actress, had talked about Uchitel on her podcast with her husband, “Whine Down.” Kramer had said that she has “hate” for the woman in one of her recent episodes.
The explanation was in part because her husband, Mike Caussin, had a long history of infidelity and went to rehab for sex addiction. While she didn’t mean it as hateful, she was commenting on being cheated on in relationships.
“We had this moment, I got it. This is the girl who, for 10 years, is the quintessential girl that hates me because she’s the type of person I threaten. That she thinks I am the girl who cheats,” Uchitel told Extra on her relationship with Kramer.
The two now allegedly text back and forth and there are no hard feelings.
Before an episode of her podcast, Jana Kramer had said she hated the idea of Uchitel. This meaning not her as a person, but what she had come to represent to her as a symbol.
“I hate her, honestly. That’s a really mean thing to say. I don’t know her. She’s the face of someone else I hate. That’s where I feel bad; I don’t know her story,” Kramer said.
To Jana Kramer, Uchitel is the face of a cheater. Uchitel put everything into perspective by saying she was sorry and she didn’t do it to her. She said she’s felt that hatred from people projecting onto her image for 10 years. Both are walking away from this conversation trying to better understand cheating and forgiveness. They also shared with listeners the importance of listening to people’s stories.
“I think it’s a huge lesson for women who have been cheated on or vice versa to know that just because someone else did doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. You didn’t do that to me — you’re the face and the story, but you’re not that person. I can’t imagine living those years with so many people just hating on you and not getting to know you,” Kramer said.
Uchitel is sick of being in the headlines. She is wishing that people will “give me a break” after all this now.
“I go through life with people hating me like I did something personally to them and personally hurt them, personally offended them, personally did something to them with such a vengeance. They hate me with a passion when I did nothing to them personally.”
Kramer Survived Domestic Abuse
Jana Kramer was married before to Michael Gambino.
The actress had come forward to talk about the terrible domestic abuse she had endured when the two were together. Specifically, she recalled on Good Morning America the night that he tried to murder her and she feared for her life. In 2005 he was convicted of attempted murder.
“I’ll never forget sitting in the bushes. I’m like, ‘How the heck did I … how in the world did I get here?’ … I obviously needed to get out of the house … I’m walking out of the front door and I see him. His car was in the driveway and he had his hand behind his back. And I was like, ‘This is it … this is the moment that it’s all ended,'” Kramer recalled of the night.
She said that Gambino had choked her to the point where she started to hallucinate. Kramer said she still suffered from PTSD from this event that took place about a decade ago. The two got married in 2004 and she endured years of abuse before eventually getting divorced.
Due to verbal and physical abuse, Kramer started to associate the abuse as her own fault. Her self-worth plummeted she said as she felt trapped.
“I didn’t feel like I deserved to even have help from the outside,” Jana Kramer said.