Brooke Hundley, the woman at the center of the Steve Phillips sex scandal that made headlines around the world, said she is no stalker and her contact with the former baseball analyst's family was an attempt to draw attention to her affair with Phillips, which she felt pressured to stay quiet about.
"I did things I regret, obviously. People make mistakes at 22," Hundley told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview. "That's what I was trying not to do originally, was hurt anybody else or affect anybody else's lives negatively. But I did things and I thought about things just as an avenue to get people to pay attention, to start asking the right questions, to get me out of a bad situation.
"I was in a situation where I felt like if I didn't do what was asked of me, then everything I had worked for, for the past six years, everything I had done to establish myself as a successful media professional, could be gone like that," she said.
In August, Hundley applied for a restraining order against Phillips -- which she withdrew -- saying he threatened her reputation and career if she didn't keep the affair a secret.
Hundley wrote Phillips' wife, Marni, a letter about the affair and contacted Phillips' son through Facebook -- actions that Phillips said were examples of Hundley's "obsessive and delusional" behavior.
Hundley said she and Phillips have resolved their issues, but she said she hopes "he would grow up and take responsibility for his own actions."
Hundley is speaking out now, she said, to help other women who might be in a situation similar to hers.
Phillips was the smooth-talking baseball analyst for ESPN, and the former general manager of the New York Mets.
Hundley said she was a hardworking 22-year-old production assistant who dreamed of a career in sports journalism.
But somewhere along the way, the casual relationship between Phillips and Hundley turned personal, and two lives would be altered forever.
After an affair between the two became public, salacious details emerged from police reports.
Brooke had gone to the Phillips' home uninvited and unannounced to deliver a letter to his wife.
"I'm the woman he's been seeing for a while now," she wrote. "I'm not just some random girl he had sex with in parking lots."
Phillips' wife called 911. Phillips told police he had extreme concerns about the health and safety of his wife, his kids and himself.
The story seemed to take on the feel of a Hollywood screenplay.
"I think people are so quick to make a judgment without ever ... I don't know if they want to know the details," Hundley said. "It's almost like, 'Here's a great story. Here's a great chance for me to destroy a person,' without any sense of really thinking about the fact that there's a human being behind those words.
"I've been called things by the public that no woman should ever be called," she said. "I couldn't go a day without getting, you know, 200 messages in my inbox from people that have never met me, just labeling, just calling me names. I've been called the 'C' word. I've been called a whore. I've been called a homewrecker."
The moment when she felt her life change forever, she said, was when her story appeared outside the pages of tabloids.