When it comes to Tiger Woods, the old adage may need to be revised: When the wifey's away, the cat will play.
Alleged Tiger bait Jamie Jungers turned up on the Today show this morning, and man, did she drop some bombshells.
While the Trashy Lingerie model claims Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren, only came up once during their 18-month relationship, Jungers did benefit from the missus' absence. Jungers claims to have been invited to the golfer's Los Angeles estate for a few days while Nordegren was away.
"This happened probably a month after we'd been seeing each other," Jungers tells Meredith Vieira. "He flew me out, came and picked me up at the airport, and I stayed there for a night."
With such romantic gestures, Jungers admits she loved Woods.
"I never told him I loved him," she says. "There's times when I wanted to, but I didn't. It's a bit intimidating."
Still, she isn't all that surprised watching the count of her former beau's alleged mistress keep rising.
"I have a lot of mixed emotions about it," she explains. "There'll always be a place in my heart for Tiger. But he obviously has issues. There's parts of me that's angry. And there's parts of me that I guess kind of doesn't find it unbelievable. I guess, out of all, I'm pretty heartbroken."
Appearing on television, as well as speaking about her relationship with Tiger, is not something she wanted to do, she claims, but something she felt she needed to do to clear the air on a few things.
Specifically, she says she's never met Michelle Braun, the escort service owner who told E! News that Jungers was a former employee. (Braun has provided 1099 forms that she says prove Jungers was paid.)
"That's all funny. I've never even heard the woman's name," she says. "I've never been an escort, never will be an escort."
To that end, Jungers claims Woods never paid her in any way—or even gave her a gift, for that matter—even when she asked for some help with financial problems.
"I didn't even get a birthday card," she says. "I got nothing out of this relationship but a broken heart."
(Originally published Dec. 11, 2009, at 6:18 a.m. PT)
Keeping track of Tiger's supposed pride (of ladies, that is) is easier said than done. Thank goodness for our Cheat Sheet.