Public Display Becomes Personal Pain
"After eight-and-a-half years, I found out that Charles was still married," says YaVaughnie, of her ex-boyfriend. "Because Charles was president of Oracle, it was extremely easy for him to mask his relationship with his wife. He would say to me, ‘I have to go to Europe for five days.’ ‘I have to go to Asia for four days.’ His excuses rolled off his tongue."

YaVaughnie says there were many red flags about Charles' behavior, so she hired a private investigator. "What I found out was that Charles was still living with his wife," she shares. "Because I wanted everyone to know that I had a significant relationship with Charles, I put the billboards up to tell everyone I was this man’s partner. I didn’t put the billboards up to tell everyone I was a mistress. I loved him, and I thought he loved me."

YaVaughnie says that as soon as the billboards went up, her world came crashing down. "When the billboards went up and the media started attacking me — calling me a whore, they were calling me a homewrecker — it backfired, and I felt ashamed. I felt I couldn't go outside. I couldn't leave my house," she reveals. "It's been two years since the billboards went up, and I am absolutely concerned that if I meet someone — whether it's a business associate or my next boyfriend — I'm afraid that the first thing they will do is Google me." She says that the search will bring up incorrect information about her and portray her in a false light.

[AD]YaVaughnie hasn’t spoken to the media in two years and says she's now ready to tell her story. “I’ve moved on. I’ve started multiple businesses and executive produced a documentary that explains what led to the billboard fiasco,” she says, adding that she also wrote a memoir.

YaVaughnie explains why she put up the billboards.
“Would you put these billboards up again today?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Absolutely not,” she says. “Within hours of the billboards going up in New York City, I felt extremely regretful, mostly because of what it was doing to Charles professionally. I never, in a million years, thought that anyone would notice the billboards, because it’s a picture of Charles and a picture of me.”

“You’ve got a guy who’s the head of a 70,000-employee company, and somebody puts a billboard with a scandalous backstory up anywhere on the globe, and you didn’t think the media was going to think there’s a story here?” Dr. Phil asks.

YaVaughnie says that because she and Charles were public, she didn’t think anyone would notice. “When I first came up with the idea to do the billboards, all of my friends were against it,” she says, noting that she agreed with them, but she changed her mind once the Tiger Woods scandal broke. “I called Clear Channel and said, ‘What does somebody have to do to put up a billboard?’ I didn’t give it enough thought.”

[AD]YaVaughnie explains why she created the documentary and wrote the book, The Glamorous Lie. “What I want is for my nieces and my nephews and the rest of my relatives to continue to look up to me, and to continue to admire me, and not have in the back of their mind, ‘How did YaVaughnie not know that this was going on? We know YaVaughnie. She’s smarter than that,’” she says.