The ex-Skating star opens up about her scandalous romance, recent arrest and more

By Vicki Sheff-Cahan
Updated June 29, 2007 07:40 AM
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Kristy Swanson says the past 18 months have been, in a word, “stressful.”

No kidding: First there was her scandalous romance with her Skating with Celebrities partner, Lloyd Eisler, which began when his then-wife, Marcia O’Brien, was eight months pregnant.

Then, four months after Swanson and Eisler welcomed a son, Magnus, Swanson was arrested for allegedly assaulting O’Brien during a visit with Eisler to his sons Ethan, 3, and Seth, 18 months. (Swanson filed a counter-assault claim.)

In the new issue of PEOPLE, Swanson, 37, shares her side of the story, and opens up about the other source of stress in her life: her weight.

Some highlights:

On her romance with Eisler: “I’m not a homewrecker,” Swanson says. “Lloyd and Marcia were separated before I ever met him; I did not break up the marriage.” Adds Eisler, 44: “After the show was over it hit me, ‘Wow, that person had a drastic effect on me!’ Changes had to be made – and I chose to make them.”

On her arrest: “She attacked me, and I am confident that after the investigation is complete, the truth will come out,” says Swanson. Police have yet to charge O’Brien, who tells PEOPLE, “Her allegations that I attacked her are completely false.”

On her weight gain: At the beginning of her relationship with Eisler, “I stopped skating and we were eating all of these wonderful antipasti with cheese and crackers,” says Swanson, who’s now down to 155 lbs. She wants to lose 30 more, so she’s signed a six-month, six-figure ad-campaign deal with Medifast. “I know the longer I wait,” she says, “the harder it will be.”

For more, including exclusive photos and details on Kristy’s 1,000-calorie-a-day diet, her hopes for a wedding and why she doesn’t have a nanny, check out the new PEOPLE, on newsstands now.