Rachel Uchitel said she has to be careful in her relationships because she is a love addict. The woman who was at the center of the Tiger Woods sex scandal recently said she’s received treatment for her addiction.
Uchitel spoke to Us Weekly after the first episode of HBO Max’s documentary on Tiger Woods titled Tiger. She said her low self-esteem coupled with Woods’ fame triggered something in her. Though she wasn’t aware it was a problem at the time. But it led to a realization.
“I will say that that is a very real thing that I think people don’t have awareness about. It’s where people mistake intensity for love and people sort of look to someone else to gain credibility for not feeling credible inside,” Uchitel explained. “Something about myself, which I hope people can understand is that when somebody of a high caliber looks at you and as everyone else wants to know that person, and that [person] only wants you, that’s the ultimate kind of credibility for yourself … And how do you say no to that?”
Uchitel said she hasn’t spoken publicly about Woods in more than a decade. She said her life was a “living hell” after it was revealed she was one of his reported 8 mistresses. The news led to a very public divorce for Woods and now ex-wife Elin Nordegren in 2010. He sought treatment for sex addiction after news of the affairs broke.
Rachel Uchitel Seeks Treatment for ‘Addiction’
Rachel Uchitel told Us Weekly that she didn’t believe she had a problem until speaking with Dr. Drew Pinsky. He invited her on his reality show Celebrity Rehab, something she was reluctant to do at first. But after opening up, she realized she had unresolved trauma.
“He said, ‘You are a love addict.’ And I was like, ‘That is a joke.’ I’m not going to go into rehab with people that have real addictions, like heroin and alcoholism or whatever, and say that I’m a love addict,” Uchitel said. “And he was like, ‘Come on my show, you have a problem,’ and I did it. … This was a reality show where cameras followed you, but this was rehab. And … it was brought into the light for me, what love addiction was, and that I really suffered from it.”
Her father died of a cocaine overdose when she was 15. Her late fiance Andy O’Grady died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She said rehab and therapy have helped her address issues that came from those incidents.
“It was very enlightening to me. So, I got a lot of help from that and then from there, I really did a lot of work,” she told Us. “It’s been really hard for me and my present relationships. I have to watch myself very closely because as a recovering addict … I have to constantly watch who I’m getting into relationships with, hence why I’m not married — I keep falling into traps of, you know, either [relationships] that are just maybe [the] wrong timing or people that are not the right people for me at the, at the right time.