This story is in the National Enquirer, which usually has solid sources. In this case the story is so slanted that I’m thinking the source is Tiger Woods’ first known mistress, Rachel Uchitel. Uchitel recently jeopardized her stay on Celebrity Rehab by bolting after a particularly tough counseling session only to return the next day. If this article is in any way accurate, Woods still cares about Uchitel and is outraged that she’s still doing the show. Uchitel is said to have so captured the golfer’s heart that he wants to marry her and have a baby once he’s settled that pesky divorce from his first wife and the mother of his two kids. Is this a clever story plant by scheming Uchitel or does Tiger want another wife at home to keep up his shattered image while he cats around with hookers on the side? Is that too stupid even for him, or has he already shown how truly stupid he is by letting a sex and power addiction rule his life?
Here’s part of the Enquirer’s report:
Tiger woods is making plans to marry his #1 mistress, party girl Rachel Uchitel, and have a baby with her, sources say, but he’s furious that she’s shooting episodes of the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab”!…
“When Rachel told him that she was going to do the show, Tiger went ballistic!” disclosed an insider.
“Rachel explained that she’d be paid $500,000 and could kick her pill habit at the same time. She knows she is seen as the woman who broke up Tiger’s marriage, and by doing the show she hopes to gain a sympathetic image by the time she marries him. But Tiger was living that she’d expose her addiction in such a public way.
“He’s embarrassed that the next Mrs. Tiger Woods will be known as a former drug addict, and he’s encouraged her to go into a private program. But he’s also worried that Dr. Drew ill influence Rachel to leave him, and paint him as a loser who can’t be counted on in a serious relationship.”
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, August 9, 2010]
I can see how Tiger would still be carrying on with Uchitel when it’s convenient for him and nothing else can be readily procured. I can also see how he would tell her that he wants to marry her and have kids in order to keep her on the hook. It seems doubtful that he’d actually marry her, but again he’s shown what an idiot, denier and conniver he is in his private life. Some of the random women he hooked up with describe him as oddly possessive. If another woman comes on board who’s willing to put up with all that, he may try and make it work for a while in order to fool the public and himself. A second divorce could get very expensive for him, of course. On the other hand this could all be creative fiction from Uchitel.
Despite his end of year scandal, Tiger was still the highest paid athlete in 2009. Sports Illustrated ranks him at #1 with $90 million in earnings. We’ll see where he lands next year.