V. Stiviano Makes Bizarre Claims About Her Relationship with Sugar Daddy Donald Sterling

V. Stiviano And Sugar Daddy Donald SterlingV. Sti­viano, the 31-year-old woman who recorded the now infa­mous audio clip of Don­ald Sterling’s racist rant, has finally bro­ken her silence on the scan­dal. The young woman, who’s been pegged as Sterling’s long­time sugar baby, sat down for an inti­mate inter­view with Bar­bara Wal­ters, which aired on May 2, 2014, just a week after the scan­dal first went public.

Sur­pris­ingly, V. Sti­viano actu­ally defended Don­ald Ster­ling in the bizarre inter­view, telling Bar­bara Wal­ters that she doesn’t think he’s a racist, but that “the things he says are not the things he feels,” and that he was caught “in the heat of the moment.” She insisted that he didn’t mean what he said, although V. Sti­viano did admit that she’s had many con­ver­sa­tions in the past that were just like the one involved in this scandal.

Don­ald Sterling’s alleged sugar baby went on to say that the 81-year-old L.A. Clip­pers owner is from a “dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tion” and that he was “brought up to believe these things—segregation, whites and blacks,” adding, “But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist.” V. Sti­viano believes that Don­ald Ster­ling is the one who’s “highly more trau­ma­tized and hurt” by the whole scan­dal, because he didn’t really mean what he said.

V. Sti­viano also opened up about the nature of her rela­tion­ship with Don­ald Ster­ling. She claims that she didn’t start out as his sugar baby or mis­tress, but that she got a job as his per­sonal assis­tant after meet­ing him at one of his char­ity events. “I’m Mr. Sterling’s every­thing. I’m his con­fi­dante, his best friend, his silly rab­bit,” V. Sti­viano said, adding that she was the one who “pro­tected him,” who “took care of him,” and who “watched every­thing he said and did.”

Going back to the claim of being Don­ald Sterling’s per­sonal assis­tant, Bar­bara Wal­ters asked V. Sti­viano about the money, specif­i­cally whether or not she was on Sterling’s pay­roll. “He first started pay­ing me as an employee and then he started pay­ing me off the books,” said the alleged sugar baby.

When asked if she was in love with Don­ald Ster­ling, V. Sti­viano replied, “I love him,” but added that she loved him “like a father figure.”

And believe it or not, their rela­tion­ship gets even more bizarre. Min­utes before V. Sti­viano sat down for the inter­view, she was report­edly with Don­ald Ster­ling at a hotel in L.A. Accord­ing to a guest who rode on the ele­va­tor with the pair, Ster­ling was yelling at his alleged sugar baby, call­ing her a “media whore” and telling her to “shut the f*** up.” She then got off the ele­va­tor and Don­ald Ster­ling told another gen­tle­man, “She’s f***ing crazy! I can’t deal with her! She’s nuts.”

Twenty min­utes later, V. Sti­viano sat down and told the world that Don­ald Ster­ling is “a very gen­er­ous and kind man.”

Don­ald Ster­ling was also report­edly approached for an inter­view with Bar­bara Wal­ters and even Ander­son Cooper, but he turned down the opportunity.

What do you think: Was V. Sti­viano paid off by Don­ald Ster­ling to defend him in the highly-publicized interview?


Ben­nett, A., “V. Sti­viano Breaks Her Silence to Bar­bara Wal­ters About Don­ald Ster­ling: He Is ‘Not a Racist,’” E! News web site, May 3, 2014; http://goo.gl/77loHk.

Coll­man, A., et al., “‘She’s crazy, I can’t deal with her’: How Don­ald Ster­ling ranted at V. Sti­viano and stormed out of hotel min­utes before Bar­bara Wal­ters inter­view is revealed as his wife backs move to oust him,” Daily Mail web site, May 5, 2014; http://goo.gl/llLoIQ.

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  • cbbrown@ku.edu

    I’m not sure I believe the ele­va­tor story…it’s just too easy to make up.