Considering her job as a night club promoter Rachel Uchitel is no stranger to celebrity. But last week, she found herself thrust into the spotlight, as the first of many women accused of having an affair with married golf icon Tiger Woods. Though she was originally scheduled to discuss her relationship in a press conference on Dec. 3, she instead opted to avoid the media — until now. In the new issue of OK! — on sale everywhere Thursday — Rachel invites only OK! into her NYC apartment, and reveals the truth about the woman behind the headlines.

The media has been painting you as the “other woman.” How would you describe yourself?
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.

For more on Rachel, the obstacles she’s overcome in her life (including losing her fiancé in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks) and what she’s looking forward to in her future, pick up the new issue of OK! — on sale everywhere on Thursday!


Elsewhere in this week’s OK!:

Elin Nordegren moves out: Swedish golf pro and the man who introduced Tiger and his wife, Jesper Parnevik talk to OK! about Elin’s mindset.

• Celebrity cheaters: From Bill Clinton to Kobe Bryant, OK! recalls these philandering husbands and the women who either stayed with them or called it quits.
• Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner: This cute teen couple had quite a romantic week, and OK! has all the adorable details! Plus: What are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart up to these days?
• Alexa Ray Joel recovers from a brush with death: Did Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley‘s daughter call 911 to save herself?

And more!

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