Rachel Uchitel, in a rare TV interview with the Today Show on Monday, talked about her addiction to love and how it led her astray – and into Tiger Woods‘ bed.
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Uchitel, 35, also denied talking about her affair with Woods in a recent Daily Mail article, saying she only discussed her stint on the upcoming season of Celebrity Rehab with the English paper.
Uchitel, the Manhattan hostess who was the first mistress reported in the Woods infidelity saga, appeared on the show in a sexy black skirt and pumped-up lips alongside her Celebrity Rehab mentor, Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Uchitel was quoted by the Daily Mail earlier this month saying she’d “never ever imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be caught up in a scandal like this,” as well as admitting she’d “plunged headfirst into relationships which I should never have been in.”
Not so, Uchitel said Monday.
“Those words never even came out of my mouth,” Uchitel, who received a rumored payout estimated as high as $10 million from the golfer in exchange for her silence, told The Today Show Monday. “The interview was about Celebrity Rehab.
“I knew that I needed help,” Uchitel, who said she went on the program to deal with a love addiction. “And I wanted to get it from Dr. Drew.”
Uchitel also said she was being treated for addiction to Ambien and other prescribtion medications, which she did not identify.
Pinsky said that Uchitel’s condition is partly triggered by traumatic events in her past, such as the premature deaths of her father and her one-time fiancée Andy O’Grady, who perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
“I’m a completely different person now than I was before I went on the show,” Uchitel said.
In an earlier exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Uchitel foreshadowed what she would say on Today. “People think it is a moral issue if somebody falls in love, all over the place,” Uchitel told us.
“It is not, it is a disease and disorder; it is where you feel like you have a hole in your heart and you are waiting for a knight in shining armor to come and save you.
“But it is not an excuse for anyone’s behavior.
“You get stuck in relationships that are not right for you; you basically put a mask over somebody’s head and pretend they’re somebody who they’re not.
“In the end, you get disappointed when they don’t react the way you want them to.”
The new cycle of Celebrity Rehab — described by Dr. Drew as “the most intense season” yet — premieres on Wednesday at 10/9c on VH1.