Photo: Mark Seliger
Oprah: I thought that GQ interview was really a solid representation [of you]. It was really a good interview, but I couldn't understand the photos.
Rielle: What a mistake that was—huge mistake.
Oprah: It seemed like such a contradiction of what you're saying in the article.
Rielle: Not at all who I am.
Oprah: What you're saying you want us to see, you want us to see that you're not the home wrecker. You're not the flashy broad who comes in and takes the politician.
Rielle: It's not that I want you to see that. I want to express who I am.
Rielle: And you can see whatever you see. But I'm not those things, and the photos make you believe, or go along with that story line, that that's who I am. [It was a] big mistake. One I will never repeat again. Live and learn.
Oprah: I know I'm going to sound like Dr. Phil here, but what were you thinking?
Rielle: You know what I was thinking?
Oprah: Yes, what were you thinking?
Rielle: Here's what I was thinking.
Oprah: Because you actually have to take your pants off.
Rielle: Right. What I was thinking was, "I would like to have one sexy shot where the world can see me as a beautiful woman, as opposed to all those photos that are out there of me looking like some Wicked Witch of the West—the ugliest thing you could ever imagine." So there's definitely ego in that. Look where ego gets you.
Oprah: Big ego move on your part.
Rielle: Big ego move. Big mistake. No excuses, though. I made the mistake. I take responsibility for the mistake. It won't happen again.
Oprah: What did Johnny think about those photos?
Rielle: [He said], "Where are your pants?" He knew I was upset about them, but I think that he felt protective. He wished he would have been there to say, "No, don't do that."