Donald Sterling’s mistress gives first interview: ‘he’s hurt, highly traumatized’

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Barbara Walters scored the first interview with V. Stiviano, the “31” year-old mistress of 80 year-old LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. Stiviano has laughably claimed to not be involved romantically with Sterling, and to instead work as his “archivist.” She now claims to work as his assistant and “right hand.” This is perhaps meant to explain why she was recording him making horribly racist remarks. Stiviano also claims that she didn’t release the audio of Sterling. She is currently being sued by Sterling’s estranged wife for $1.8 million that Sterling allegedly spent on her.

In her interview with Barbara Walters, Stiviano was even less believable than she comes across in print. She spoke in fragmented sentences, seemed to parse her words carefully, and was vague when asked direct questions. She made a lot of meaningless statements about how victimized Sterling has been by the release of the tapes. When Walters asked Stiviano who leaked the audio to the media it took her quite a while to answer. (It’s possible that ABC extended that pause for effect, but I don’t think so.) Stiviano blamed a “friend” for putting out the recordings. The whole interview was bizarre. She defended Sterling, said that he wasn’t racist and that “the things he says are not the things he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment.” Here’s more of what she said:

On Donald Sterling’s state of mind
Confused. I think he feels truly alone. Not truly supported by those around him. Tormented. Emotionally traumatized.

On how she’s helping him
I’m with him in a state where I want to help him. Urging him. To come to his own rescue. But even so I think he feels that he’s alone.

On what Sterling is “emotionally traumatized” from
From everything. From everyone. From the media. From his peers. From his fellow employees. From his acquaintances. He’s hurt. I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself. I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.

On if Sterling should apologize

On if he will apologize
Only God knows.

On if Sterling is a racist
I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe those things. If he was a real racist, then why would he help the world the way that he has?

On her relationship with Donald Sterling
I’m Mr. Sterlings right hand arm. Man. I’m Mr. Sterling’s everything. I’m his confidante, his best friend. His silly rabbit… sometimes people can’t understand our relationship. Our relationship started out, me working for Mr. Sterling, his nonprofit organization… On a level on which it became a big scandal.

On why their relationship became a scandal
I think God has its purpose. And. I wish I can answer that question sometimes. I keep asking myself how and why. The truth is that how and why doesn’t even matter anymore. It’s here. Some things need to be brought to the light. I think sometimes we’re forced into situations, into circumstances in which we have to choose to do good by. Everything and everyone is a test. And I think Mr. Sterling is being tested right now by a higher power or being and I’m forced to come to his rescue. Because he can’t rescue himself.

On if she’s in love with Donald Sterling
I love him. No, I’m not in love. I love him like a father figure.

On the age difference
Well, I’m Mr. Sterling’s personal assistant. Like I said I’m his right hand, I’m his wing man. What isn’t there to understand?

On if Sterling pays her
Yes. He… at first started paying me as an employee, and then he started paying me off the books.

On why she wears that visor
I’m hurting, I’m in pain. It hurts to see someone you care about hurting. It hurts to see people speculate. Assume. Say. Throw darts at you when they don’t know. When they don’t know your story. When they don’t know the truth. All based on heresay and assumptions. It hurts. It’s easier to mask the pain.

Asked “What’s the biggest misconception about you?”
That I’m a mistress. Or a whore. Or a woman of the night. All this misconception are just on my instagram I think. Or speculations of not real journalists doing their job. Asking the wrong people information about me, that they don’t know or have real facts.

That was painful to sit through. I guess you don’t need to be able to string a sentence together to be a successful golddigger. What is this chick playing at? Did Sterling pay her to defend him? Last week, TMZ claimed that Stiviano was in talks with Sterling to reach a settlement in order to suppress additional tapes. Sterling told DuJour Magazine, of Stiviano, that “I wish I had just paid her off.” It sounds like that’s exactly what he did. It’s hard to take anything she says seriously when she’s so inarticulate and full of crap. She’s been traipsing around in a mirrored visor all week, and recently told the paps that she’s going to be President one day.

Sterling has yet to issue a statement over this controversy. TMZ reports that he sat down off camera with Barbara Walters and Anderson Cooper and decided not to go on the record. Sterling has a hearing coming up in front of the NBA Board of Directors and it’s thought that he’s staying silent to avoid incriminating himself. As we’ve heard, he has been banned for life from attending any NBA games and has been fined $2.5 million.

The Clippers won their final playoff game Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, 126 to 121. They are now one of the final five teams in the Western Conference.

Here are some highlights from the interview. Walters’ eyes are popping out of her head, aren’t they?

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Here’s a longer segment of the interview with V. Stiviano. It starts at 3:30. (Some of the quotes above were pulled from other segments of this interview.)

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Vanessa Stiviano goes to a nail salon

Vanessa Stiviano goes to a nail salon

Vanessa Stiviano goes to a nail salon

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  1. Dani2 says:

    Aww, is he now? Poor racist old fart.

  2. Kiddo says:

    More than anything, this gives me more fuel to absolutely detest Barbara Walters.

    • mimif says:

      I love her pretend serious cat butt mouth, it just screams heavy reporting.

      • Kiddo says:

        Lol…Why do you denigrate cat butts? What comes out of there has more news value. Sometimes it’s tinsel, around the holidays.

      • mimif says:

        Lol Kiddo. *races back to Adam LeDouche post to search for tinsel*

      • kri says:

        That silly rabbit’s face is pulled so tight it’s compressing her brain stem. That is the only explanation I can think of for the air bubbles coming out of her mouuth. Sterling and his “right arm” need to go to The Island forever.

      • I Choose Me says:


    • Diane says:

      BaaBaa gets the interviews because she caves to the celebrity. I stopped watching BaaBaa “gets” long ago. She never asks the hard hitting questions. She’s as phony as the celeb. Cannot stand her. Hasn’t she retired at least 10 times by now?

    • OverIt! says:

      She looks like a bad drag queen and Barbara Walters gave up any credibility she had when she started The View. Or maybe when she slept with Henry Kissinger.

  3. Jenns says:

    Those two deserve each other.

  4. tifzlan says:

    He “helps the world the way he has” because he sees it as his “white man’s burden,” i mean, come on. He’s no saint.

    • Kiddo says:

      Look, it’s a terrible burden he has to bear. It’s not his fault that some black people are really good at basketball. If only this wasn’t such a terrible world, and all the players were white, he wouldn’t be in pain making a sh*t-ton of money off of them. My heart bleeds for him, such a martyr.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She’s …his…silly rabbit? Wtf?

    He’s hurting and feels alone. Good.

  6. It is what it is says:

    Wasn’t Magic Johnson in talks to buy the Clippers a few months ago? Seems like weirdly good timing for a scandal…

    Also she’s had quite a lot of plastic surgery since her high school days!

    • Jackson says:

      Every time I see her I wonder what she looked like “before.” Thanks for the link! I realize she was young in the yearbook photo, but she was definitely cute. I’m trying to figure out how many procedures she’s had done. Four, at least.

  7. Maya Memsaab says:

    Yes, of course. It’s all about the feelings of the rich, white, outrageously racist (“but I’m not! My employees and mistress are PoC!”) man here, isn’t it? All about him. FFS.

  8. blue marie says:

    I think it’s strictly damage control. If he knew nothing of the recording, could he not sue the hell out of her? He would win right?

    He’s a racist, she’s a gold-digger, end of story.

    • Love the sudden turnaround because, you know, those Birkin bags aren’t gonna pay for themselves.

      It was so obvious that she was being quiet right after this story blew up because she was bargaining with him.
      These two repulse me.

      • snowflake says:

        yes!!!! she got a good offer so now she’s going to defend him

      • blue marie says:

        yep, the whole thing is despicable.

      • Michelle says:

        Yep. There was a TMZ headline stating “I should have just paid her off”. I didn’t read the story but yeah these are two peas in a pod perfect for each other.

        There was a laughable story calling her a HERO. I think it was an NY magazine story. Simply despicable.

    • Sadie says:

      Nope, she’s a private citizen and thus is free to record his statements. The Constitution only applies to/restricts STATE action, not private action

  9. paola says:

    Kardashian wannabe meets horse 2.0

  10. Maya Memsaab says:

    Sorry, coming here to comment again. This is just…disgusting beyond the pale. This is like saying ‘No, of course X isn’t a murderer. Sure, he stabbed someone repeatedly till they consciously uncoupled from the state of being alive but that doesn’t make him a murderer! He comes from a different time when stabbing people without remorse was perfectly acceptable. For one person that he kills, there’s so many he doesn’t!” You get my drift.

    As for the ‘different time’ argument, for crying out loud. Does he use the internet? The modern banking system? cellphones? Is he an adult man or not? Then he is perfectly responsible for his repellant views and actions.

    Also, her body language and manner of speaking? Complete lack of any real emotion. This is more rehearsed than Anne Hathway’s speeches. She’s been trained professionally for this interview which makes it grosser. Disgusting.

    • MonicaQ says:

      She kept looking away. The guy from “Lie to me” would’ve torn her apart.

      • Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

        It’s because she’s obviously reading cue cards.

      • booboobird says:

        To me it looks like she has an ear piece and she is just repeating whatever someone is telling her to say. That’s why it sounds so stilted and jerky.
        what’s up with v. Stiviano? She too cool? Also her new nose doesn’t go with her face.

      • prissa says:

        @booboobird – EXACTLY what I thought (ear piece)!! You are spot on!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Welcome Maya Memsaab. I’m not sure if you’ve posted here before but I’m definitely glad you are. Between you mimif, kiddo & QQ I can’t stop laughing.

      Seriously. You ladies are on fiyah today. 😀

  11. Tig says:

    Why interview at all? Did anyone even watch this joke? Too bad she didn’t wear the visor during the interview!

    If he knew he was being recorded, then he’s beyond dumb. Wonder how she applied for her “job”?

    • Dani2 says:

      She should never take the visor off imo, what an embarassing, thirsty human being.

  12. megs283 says:

    I HATE when people take messes of their own damn doing and say that “God has a purpose” – what?!? None of this involved the hand of God!!

    • Trillion says:

      I laughed at that too. Since god is make-believe, that will always be the perfect answer to anything. Who could refute it? So handy!

  13. Krista says:

    “He pays me off the books” Hope she enjoys that IRS audit next year!

    • Green Is Good says:

      She REALLY put her foot it with that comment! IRS don’t play.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      WOW, she said that? What a fool!

    • jester2.0 says:

      I doubt she is going to admit she is his whore on camera. You don’t get audited for being a “mistress/whore”. I know he is a racist old bastard no arguing there but did nobody find it odd that he NEVER dropped a “N” bomb during his rant? I can’t help but scratch my head about that?

  14. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    He’s a racist old fart and she’s a shallow empty-headed gold digger; I’m already tired of this story since neither of these characters has any appeal at all. This girl’s 30 and has the maturity of a ten year old.

    • Christo says:

      Agreed. There are no redeeming characters. The only virtue in all of this is that it shed a little light on what an a**hole he is and how equally stupid she is.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Yes – they deserve one another and are both idiots BUT meanwhile, 200 girls are being sold into marriage in Nigeria . . .

  15. snowflake says:

    she says she’s 31? i thought i read she was 38? what is she going to do when she’s “too old” for these rich men? how is she going to pay her bills? this is what i think happened: she recorded him, released it, prob thru a friend so it couldn’t be traced to her. she then used that recording to blackmail sterling and/or his wife. but she did not anticipate the backlash would be this great; now sterling and wife have decided to give more money to her in exchange for her defense of him.

    the plus to the golddigger is she also prob getting paid to do these interviews too. she wears the visor b/c she wants to keep the price of her pics up, so she does not do many face shots so she can sell them for more money. sad how people think their worth is tied to their possessions.

    p.s. she should wear a bra; you can clearly see her nipples in the pictures. i am kind of surprised she is able to make that much money as a golddigger; she is not all that, imo. she takes good pictures but she is not that pretty in real life. the overdoing of the fillers makes her eyes look smaller. plus she has bad skin. she is a bad liar. sterling, get rid of her, you can find a younger, better looking golddigger for less money. Just my opinion!

    • Michelle says:

      I think she wears the visor because of the acne and pot marks on her face. She uses instagram filters heavily when posting her photos. She loves the attention.

    • jj says:

      She burned all the bridges on the getting another “rich old dude” to take care of her ever again. She broke the cardinal rule KEEP YOUR Fn MOUTH SHUT !!!! When was the last time you heard about Tiger Woods mistress the one who was also banging the guy from “Bones” I can’t even remember her name?

  16. GeeMoney says:

    You’ve got to love it when CRAZY defends CRAZY.

    Not only does Sterling need some mental help, but so does Stiviano. Sad.

  17. TRUTHFULLY says:


    • FingerBinger says:

      She got one of Michael Jackson’s old noses.

    • gg says:

      This trick’s face is caved in where her old nose was. She is so jacked up her cheeks are going to explode. Nasty is as nasty does, lady. Not fooling anybody.

  18. Diane says:

    Best quote is John Stewart saying V gives gold diggers a bad name. Ha ha!

  19. Dawn says:

    This person just doesn’t seem too smart. Now it appears she can see that when she released that tape she also erased her current living situation. I don’t believe her that she is just his right hand “man”, I think she is lying about that and saying that she gets paid under the table is now just inviting the IRS to come in and take a look at her income tax situation. She is soon going to be crying in all her tapes because now everyone knows and there is nothing to hold over the old duffers head. I think they both will end up getting what they deserve.

  20. Nicolette says:

    IDK, but that face looks better covered up.

  21. Nicolette says:

    This bitch. She loves him like a father? Guess she’s into incestuous type relationships. She wasn’t getting the cars, apartment, money etc. for nothing.

  22. Jaded says:

    Regardless of what happens to the Clippers, he’s going to end up even more filthy rich in the end. The only thing ruined for him is that nobody in the sports world will touch him with a barge pole and he’ll only be able to get mistresses that look like rejects from tryouts for Real Housewives of Skunk Hollow.

  23. MonicaQ says:

    I know it’s not the popular opinion but there is the possibility she never slept with him. When I worked as a phone operator in college, I had at least 3-4 customers that would call daily just to talk about their day, their hopes, dreams, and fears and very very rarely sex. I always thought it was kind of sad that the only person that they felt comfortable with was someone they were paying $4.99 a minute to talk to after the first 20 minutes but they were lonely.

    Maybe Sterling is like that? But he’s a turbo douche and a racist turbo douche at that so pffft. Also this girl is more thirsty than a Kardashian that hasn’t been papped in 24hrs. Gurl, bye.

    • I could totally buy that he might not have slept with her. I think the most important part of keeping her around was to create an image of virility.

    • Jaded says:

      I think that’s highly likely, also given the fact that he’s over 80, has prostate cancer, and all the Viagra in the world probably wouldn’t work.

      • pwal says:

        When that news broke out about his prostate cancer, my mind went to impotence, which would explain his ‘permissiveness’ about her possible outside promiscuity. But the fact remains that not only did she hang in there with his racism, she reconfigured herself i.e. getting plastic surgeries and changing her already ethnic name to a more palatable one that could be mistaken for Greek or Italian, in order to placate him publicly and who knows what when the lights were out privately.

        She’s a monumental fool who is a kick in the stomach to every woman of color who is trying to earn a legitimate place in this world.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “this girl is more thirsty than a Kardashian that hasn’t been papped in 24hrs”

      Very well said! 😀

  24. new here says:

    THIRSTY and ugly. And nice Forever 21 looking cheap ‘suit’ lol./ Baba is a joke non journalist. She has had one too many eyelid surgeries , Babs has..
    Why does this trifling ho go by HER FIRST INITIAL? her name is fake anyway she changed it years ago. But why the initial? Tries so hard to be edgy. Makes me roll my eyes.

  25. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    That is some of the most obvious cue-card reading I have ever seen.

  26. aenflex says:

    She appears to be a trashy fame/whore. I detest women like this, but can’t say that they don’t know how to play the game – they damn well do.

  27. MrsBPitt says:

    She’s going to be President and he is a victim….bizarro world!

  28. Tania says:

    Erm if she is to be believed then I understand why he said ‘you can sleep with them(black men) but don’t bring them here’. Well, I think she’s really 31, she looks older as a result of the excess plastic surgery. Shame she looked better in high school.

  29. Green Is Good says:

    Why does the media interview these gold-digging Ho bags? They have NOTHING to say that we haven’t heard a million times before. This trick rick-rolled this guy like Mel Gibson.

  30. AtiaoftheJulii says:

    As I wrote on Twitter, an interview with Barbara Walters will not make her classy. She’s still a golddigger.

  31. BooBooLaRue says:

    She is giving golddiggers everywhere a very bad name.

  32. LadyS says:

    She’s obviously aiming to get her own reality show. Sadly, she’ll probably succeed!

  33. Norman says:

    This shows that the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend and that the argument of “some of my best friends are so and so” is an old failed argument. She my have exposed an abject racist but if Sterling paid her off like he said he should of, I think she would have stayed silent. V sounded absolutely ridiculous in the Barbara Walters interview. She couldn’t seem even keep her story straight. She said he should say sorry but with everything else V tries to make Sterling look like a poor old man in which she is the only person worthwhile in his life right now. Look at V’s cars and other stuff she got from him, she sounds like a sugar daddy and a gold digger who has taken advantage of him. At this point she probably wishes the tape was not released. Yeah she likes to bring up God but how does she explain her apparent gold digging of an old man and her relationship with a person with a long history of racism given that she herself is a person of color? Any person with a brain can see through her.

  34. The Original Mia says:

    That interview hurt my brain. Wow. There’s a whole lot of stupid being spouted here.

  35. prissa says:

    Give her a break everybody! She’s his right hand, arm man, ya’ll! *rolls eyes* Was she listening to someone tell her what to say through an ear piece or was it just that difficult for her to remember her lines? This whole situation is a set up! Sterling must have pissed one of the higher ups off and thus is being punished/humiliated. And she’s pushing the side-piece agenda that says to be successful just trap a wealthy man up in some salacious scandal. If she gets a book deal / reality show it will just confirm my theory.

  36. connie says:

    I am sorry, but there is SO MUCH wtf….
    wtf is up with her friends wearing ball caps with her name (& as mentioned above going be her first initial)
    wtf is up with babs crazy eyes
    wtf is with her speaking patterns/ looking off? she seriously comes across as SLD (and i am not knocking differently abled, she seems…handicapped)
    “I’m his silly little rabbit?” “Does he call you that?” “No, i do” WTF does that even mean???

    i just can’t even with this trick…

  37. aquarius64 says:

    This golddigger is only concerned that she tore up her meal ticket when she threw him under the bus with the released tapes.

    As for her ridiculous visors – I wish the paps would get a shot of the birds using them as target practice as she wears them.

  38. lucy2 says:

    It is insane that anyone gave this idiot a platform to speak. She didn’t do him, or herself, any favors with that nonsense.
    I do not feel sorry for those who finally have to face the consequences of their terrible words or actions.

  39. Damaris says:

    This woman is an airhead. She sounds stupid as hell. I bet Donald Sterling paid her to say those things. I believed she released the tapes and I believe she regrets it because now, her pay days are long gone.

  40. Junegorilla says:

    Andy Cohen must be pulling strings to get her phone number. She will be a perfect addition to his current stable of lying grifting gold digger fail housewives!

  41. Miss Melissa says:

    How long do you think she studied the sound bite script?

    Because. Mixed. All. Up. It. She.

    • Sarah G. says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA – exactly what I was thinking.

      ….Until she said “off the books.” That surely was not in the script.

  42. OverIt! says:

    Of course she released the tapes and now she’s kicking herself because Daddy Paycheck isn’t going to be around anymore. What a waste of space.

  43. lucy says:

    If one is going to make a spectacle of oneself, I would think that one would at least try to show some intelligence. Or beauty.

    This is devoid of either.

  44. Naddie says:

    She’s yuck. He’s worst.

  45. MissWilson says:

    I read this chick is Latina. So he’s obviously only racist towards blacks?

  46. MSat says:

    “Silly rabbit?” Is that on her resume?

    Ugh. This can’t go away fast enough.

  47. MsAubra says:


  48. Kosmos says:

    LOL, Jimmy Fallon showed parts of the interview on his show last night. It was a scream, although I did see the original interview. And when she says she is his right hand arm hand, or something like that…..I think EVERYONE had to be laughing. And when Barbara asked if she had heard him making racist comments before, V Stiviano said “Of course!” This interview should go down in history as one of the funniest and ridiculous that we’ve seen. It’s obvious that this woman wants to says all the right things, but blows it over and over again.

  49. lucy says:


  50. NANALU says:

    SHE IS A MAN !!!!

  51. Vilodemeanus says:

    If someone this inarticulate is the best a billionaire can find for a right hand man *tee hee* and a wing man, what can the rest of us expect to hire? She’s barely above grunts and farts as far as communication skills. I’m sure her dictation skills are excellent though… I do appreciate she released the tape, clearly she did not expect the fall out that was going to happen but it was a way to show his wife she was not to be trifled with. The last girlfriend old Donnie had lasted about 5 years too, and Shelly sued her when Donald was done with her and she gave up and Shelly got her house and cars back, because the woman couldn’t afford to fight them anymore and V wasn’t going down like that. This is a pattern of behavior with the Sterlings to use women as sex partners for years and when he’s tired of them Shelly sues them. Shelly is fully involved in this “you’re a billionaire, you shouldn’t have to pay these whores for sex” scam they work on women, together. Shelly also likes to impersonate Federal employees to see what her own employees would say to any investigators. The Sterlings ended paying another 2.5 million dollars in fines for being slumlords, AGAIN. This family is a real piece of work and V has the goods on them, her lawyer has said he will give copies of over 100 hours of Donald being even more vile to the NBA. None of the other owners are going to vote for him keeping his franchise, Donald’s response? To hire PI’s to dig up dirt on the other owners. The man is just horrible and is going to lose his team but will severely damage the NBA on his way out the door. He’s been a greedy jerk his entire life, and he’ll die a greedy jerk. Remember his wife Shelly is just as bad, if not worse than the old man is. A true match made in Hell.