Tiger Mistress Rachel Uchitel Finally Speaks
Posted on Wed Dec 9, 2009 07:30 AM PDT

racheluchitelspeaks200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - After cancelling her scheduled press conference and going silent while girl after girl came forward claiming affairs with Tiger Woods, the first woman to be ID'd as a Woods mistress is finally telling her story.

Well, sort of. Rachel Uchitel spoke to Ok about being thrust into the spotlight, but she didn't exactly open up about her rumored affair with Tiger Woods.

"In every story, you need a villain and a hero. I've been characterized as a villain. People have called me homewrecker. gold digger, tramp, whore. I make mistakes, but I'm not those things. I have very good qualities. When you're judged by the nation it's really difficult. It's horrible," Rachel said.

The victim continued, "My life is not dependent on [having] a man. A man does not shape my happiness."

Although Rachel isn't exactly talking deets about her supposed affair, a pal told Star about an e-mail Tiger allegedly sent Uchitel, which said, "I finally found someone I connect with, someone I have never found like this...not even at home."

Sounds like his connection with Uchitel may have been more than just a fling!

But when asked, "Who have you leaned on?" during this time, Rachel responded, "That [question] I want to stay away from."

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