V. Stiviano has been keeping a low profile ever since the audio of her conversation with Donald Sterling leaked. As we all know, he made some extremely racist comments about black people, minorities in general, and her bringing them to his NBA games.
Her silence has officially ended, however. The girlfriend of the LA Clippers owner finally spoke out to Barbara Walters on the whole matter during an exclusive sit-down 20/20 interview, and she covers just about everything we want to know.
Stiviano dropped some major bombshells about him in the interview. Check out some of the highlights below!
On Sterling Being A Father Figure
“When asked if she was in love with Sterling, the 31-year-old, who described herself as Sterling’s ‘personal assistant,’ replied, ‘ Iove him… I love him like a father figure.’”
‘He first started paying me as an employee and then he started paying me off the books,’ she responded, no doubt referring to the million-dollar home, four luxury cars and $240,000 ‘living expenses’ she has reportedly received.
‘I became part of Mr Sterling’s team. I became someone who protected him, someone who took care of him, someone who watched everything he said and did, and people did not like that.’
‘So you helped him become a better person?’ asked Walters.
‘In every way. In every way,’ responded Stiviano
On Him Needing To Apologize:
“Absolutely,” said Stiviano.
But will he?
“Only God knows.”
On If She Thinks He’s A Racist:
As for whether she believes Sterling is a racist, Stiviano says ‘no,’ adding that what the Clippers owner said is “not what he feels” and that the unsavory remarks were said “in the heat of the moment.”
‘I think Mr Sterling’s from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things,’ she said, before accidentally tipping Walters off that despite being a Jew, Sterling has anti-Semitic views also.
‘But through his actions, he’s shown that he’s not a racist. Through his actions, he’s shown himself to be a very generous and kind man,’ she said.
On Why She Wears The Visor Now:
Stiviano explained that she wears visors that cover her entire face because ‘it hurts to see someone you care about hurting… It’s easier to mask the pain.’
On How Donald Sterling is currently feeling about the whole situation:
Stiviano said Sterling is now ‘confused… feels very alone… emotionally traumatized,’ and that she’s only speaking out because ‘I want to help him… come to his rescue.’
‘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 Her Not Being Allowed To Make Business With Certain People:
But not just black people, Stiviano claimed, but people ‘that didn’t give me a good look,’ like ‘gangsters,’ ‘thugs,’ ‘bad women.’
Denying she’s Sterling’s ‘mistress’ or ‘whore,’ she said that she’s more like his friend and right hand.
‘I’m Mr. Sterling’s everything. I’m his confidante, his best friend, his silly rabbit,’ she said, bizarrely.
Stay tuned for more updates.