Rachel Uchitel said the past 10 years have been a “living hell.” She told Extra that going from anonymity as a nightclub hostess to being outed as one of Tiger Woods‘ mistresses nearly destroyed her life.
The 45-year-old is returning to the topic now, 10 years later, because she took part in an HBO documentary on Woods. She said she wants the opportunity to clear her name and then return to her normal 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 told host Billy Bush. “I needed to take the shackles off and be able tell my story for me.”
Uchitel said she was called a homewrecker and worse names over the years. She knows she made a mistake. But she only owes an apology to anyone directly involved.
“The whole thing has made my life a living hell for the last 10 years, and I wanted to tell my story on HBO because I wanted people to see what really happened,” she said. “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.”
Woods and Nordegren were married from 2004 until their divorce in 2010.
Tiger Woods Doc To Feature The Ups and Downs of His Life
The two-part documentary Tiger will follow Woods from a child where his father pushed him as a phenom until his rise to national prominence through golf dominance. The documentary also examines the downfall as well, including his many public affairs.
Tiger Woods entered rehab for sex addiction in 2010 shortly after his divorce.
Part one of the documentary airs on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.
According to the HBO official site the show “paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminated by his victory at the 2019 Masters.”
The two-part documentary will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews with those close to the golfing star. This includes Steve Williams (former caddy), Sir Nick Faldo, Dina Parr, and Uchitel.
The series is based on the 2018 book Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. Woods has no affiliation with the book or the film.