Woods, 45, was married to Elin Nordegren when he was was accused of getting affairs with a number of girls, one in every of whom was Uchitel, now 45. The allegations led to the golf professional seeking treatment for sex addiction and the scandal ended his marriage of six years. Wanting again on her romance with Woods, the Alaska native tells Us Weekly solely that she confirmed indicators of a “love dependancy” in her previous.
“I’ll say that that may be a very actual factor that I feel individuals don’t have consciousness about. It’s the place individuals mistake depth for love and folks kind of look to another person to achieve credibility for not feeling credible inside,” Uchitel defined after the primary episode of HBO Max’s Tiger documentary premiered on Sunday, January 10. “One thing about myself, which I hope individuals can perceive is that when any person of a excessive caliber appears to be like at you and as everybody else needs to know that particular person, and that [person] solely needs you, that’s the last word form of credibility for your self … And the way do you say no to that?”
Uchitel admits she “got wrapped up” in the attention she obtained from Woods and that she “suffered from low vanity” on account of previous “trauma.” The primary time she realized concerning the thought of a love dependancy — and started to identify the indicators of it in her previous relationships — was with the assistance of Dr. Drew Pinsky on Superstar Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010.
“He mentioned, ‘You’re a love addict.’ And I used to be like, ‘That could be a joke.’ I’m not going to enter rehab with those who have actual addictions, like heroin and alcoholism or no matter, and say that I’m a love addict,” she informed Us. “And he was like, ‘Come on my present, you’ve got an issue,’ and I did it. … This was a actuality present the place cameras adopted you, however this was rehab. And … it was introduced into the sunshine for me, what love dependancy was, and that I actually suffered from it.”
Earlier than she confronted the issue in her relationships, Uchitel “stored having these actually traumatic experiences that needed to do with males.” When she was 15, the previous nightclub hostess misplaced her father to a cocaine overdose. Earlier than her affair with Woods grew to become the topic of intrigue, Uchitel was featured on a 2011 cover of the New York Put up holding an image of her late fiancé, Andy O’Grady, who died within the September 11 terrorist assaults. Her time in rehab helped her reckon with the patterns in her life that contributed to her dependancy to like.
“It was very enlightening to me. So, I received plenty of assist from that after which from there, I really did a lot of work,” she informed Us of her path to therapeutic. “It’s been actually laborious for me and my current relationships. I’ve to observe myself very carefully as a result of as a recovering addict … I’ve to continually watch who I’m moving into relationships with, therefore why I’m not married. I maintain falling into traps of, you realize, both [relationships] which are simply possibly [the] incorrect timing or individuals that aren’t the proper individuals for me on the, on the proper time.
Half two of Tiger begins streaming on HBO Max Sunday, January 17, at 9 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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