*V. Stiviano has taken her PR train to Dr. Phil, who grilled her about her relationship with embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and a number of other issues during an hour-long interview on his syndicated talk show Wednesday. [Scroll down to watch a clip.]
V told Dr. Phil that she recorded her conversations with Sterling often – in a life coach kind of way.
“Mr. Sterling is very demanding. He’s a very strong man. Occasionally, he wants me to write everything down,” she said. “Sometimes I would do a voice memo and forget that it was still recording. Sometimes I’d go back and listen to some of the conversations and I’d be surprised. He was surprised. He has what I call ‘bipolar moments.’ He would just lash out…say things that were absurd or mean…The purpose of the recordings was for him to learn things about himself…a validation to make him bigger and better and greater as a person.”
Stiviano also made it clear that she did not release the tapes that ended up on TMZ.
“I think we have the name of the person who did. I cannot disclose that for legal purposes,” she said. “I shared the information…a copy of the recording to a couple of my friends. I didn’t for once think this was going to happen. I never would have released it. I didn’t think they were going to sell it. I didn’t put that audio out there for the world to know my private conversation.”
Stiviano said she does enjoy all of the attention this has brought her, personally.
“Are you kidding me? I get to experience first-hand what it is to be a celebrity in LA … I have to think about what I’m going to wear, how I’m going to do my hair,” she said.
However, she says her rollerskating in front of paps wearing that ridiculous visor (Phil called it a “welding mask”) is not about wanting attention.
“Nobody can really see what I felt and that’s why I wore the visor,” she said. “We all have different ways of coping. You live in Hollywood. You deal with Hollywood. So you tell me, how should I have acted? I was making light of the situation. You tell me what would have been better for me to deal with … should I have been crying? Should I have stayed at home? Should I have been drinking? Should I have used drugs? You tell me. What would have been better? I used the mask. I used the mask. I used the visor, as you call it, the welding mask.”
She is not Sterling’s mistress, she declared, but she understands why he said in a recently released audio recording that she has a “fabulous body.”
“I’ve never had any sexual relationship with Mr. Sterling,” said Stiviano. “I mean, look at my body, I personally think I have a fabulous body.”
Being Sterling’s personal assistant, she said, meant many things: “I didn’t have a set title. My days were so different. One day it was a real estate business meeting, the next day it was a board meeting with the NBA, the next day it was a dinner meeting with a potential sponsor, the next day Mr. Sterling wanted to go shopping.”
She said Sterling’s gifts of luxury cars and a $1.8 million condo were not part of her salary: “I can’t discuss the details of my financial payments. Just to clear the rumor, I don’t type very fast…He’s a billionaire. He can afford to give someone a gift of that magnitude…Why can’t someone who has such wealth give someone like myself, or other people, whatever they want to?”
The fact that Sterling was married is a non-issue when it came to his generosity.
“Why would it be improper to accept gifts from a married man? I was accepting gifts from someone who was my boss, who was very generous…I was his caretaker,” she said. “I was his mother. I was his secretary. I was his driver. I did everything for this man for the last three years.”
In the now infamous recording, Stiviano told Sterling that he’s in love with her. But she didn’t mean what you think she meant. And calling him “honey” on the tape is nothing special: “He is in love with me as a person, as a human being..I call everyone honey and love and sweetie.”
Stiviano believes her situation could still have a happy ending: “I don’t know. You think I’m gonna get a movie deal?”
Also, she understands Shelly Sterling’s lawsuit against her might be rooted in jealousy: “I wouldn’t be surprised if his own children were jealous of me too.”
Watch a portion of the interview below.