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Three-time U.S. Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton is apologizing today after her secret life as a Las Vegas escort over the past year was exposed.
The Smoking Gun exposed her life at one of Vegas’ premiere escort services, earning $600-an-hour as a call girl, starting in December 2011. The 44-year-old runner often used the alias “Kelly Lundy,” but often told her male clients who she really is. Earlier this month, Favor Hamilton was approached by one reporter and at first denied the allegations. Eventually, she admitted that she had a secret life.
“I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I’m not the victim and I’m not going that route,” Favor Hamilton, the mother of a 7-year-old girl, told TSG. “I’m owning up to what I did. I would not blame anybody except myself. Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge.”
She admitted that the life was “exciting” and never wanted to tell the truth because she feared her life would be “sensationalized.” She said the only person that knew was her husband, Mark.
“He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn’t supportive of this at all,” Favor Hamilton said.
Favor Hamilton also sent a string of tweets today about her secret life, admitting that she never thought she would be exposed.
“I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life,” she explained on Twitter.
She added that she has been seeing a psychologist. She concluded, “I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.”
According to SI.com, Favor Hamilton had been doing promotional work with Disney recently and runs a real estate brokerage firm in Wisconsin.