'When you're mad and you're going through a divorce, you say things you just don't mean'
Linda Bollea had claimed in her autobiography last year that ex-husband, wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, had an affair with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake.
Now she is coming clean and says it never happened.
'When you're mad and you're going through a divorce, you say things you just don't mean,' she said during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.
She also apologized for the fib: 'Hulkster, I'm sorry. I love and I will always love you.'
Hogan filed a defamation against Bollea in December for writing in a 2009 book that he abused her during their marriage and had homosexual encounters.
The former couple, who split in 2007 after 24 years of marriage, had appeared with some of their children on the reality series Hogan Knows Best.
Hogan had told Williams when he appeared on her show in February that Bollea's claims put him in the awkward position of having to defend being straight.
'It's tough because a lot of my friends in normal life, a lot of my friends in the entertainment business, and a lot of my friends in the wrestling business are gay,' he said. 'If it was true and I was gay, I’d embrace it, and I’d tell you guys about it and I’d celebrate it.'