TIGER Woods’ “mistress” Rachel Uchitel insisted she’s not a “homewrecker” as she revealed the scandal has made her life a “living hell.”
More than 10 years ago, the then-married professional golfer was rocked when dozens of women claimed they had a sexual relationship with him.
She said: “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.”
Rachel added: “I needed to take the shackles off and be able to tell my story for me.”
Rachel – the woman who was arguably the face of the 2009 cheating scandal – will be touching on all that went down in a new HBO documentary about the famous athlete.
She noted that it was time to “set the record straight on what happened” as she believes that “one moment doesn’t define your life.”
Rachel told the outlet: “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.”
The nightclub manager continued: “The whole thing has made my life a living hell for the last 10 years…
“…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.
“My apology is to two people, not the world, two people.”
Rachel revealed that she now hopes her appearance in the highly anticipated doc will change some opinions about her.
She said: “I would just hope that maybe at this point, now that everybody knows my name, they might just maybe want to believe me a little bit.
“That I’m not that awful of a person and they could maybe give me a chance this time around.”
At the time of the scandal, Tiger was married to Elin Nordegren, and they shared two kids, Sam and Charlie.
While Tiger and Elin would split in 2010 – in a reported $100m divorce – the golfer’s career also took a massive hit.
Elin, 41, would go on to marry former NFL player Jordan Cameron in 2019 – they share one son, Arthur.
Meanwhile, Tiger is currently dating Erica Herman,
The doc will air its first episode on January 10, with the second being released on January 17.