Published: 10:23 BST, 6 August 2015 | Updated: 08:33 BST, 24 March 2016
A 'Miss Bumbum' model and TV presenter who almost died after botched thigh injections rotted her leg muscles has told of her regret that fame turned her into a 'money-making machine' £7,000 an hour hooker - and the 'truth' about her alleged fling with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Andressa Urach, 28, claimed she turned into 'one of Brazil's most expensive and desired prostitutes' who would charge up to £7,000 an hour to millionaire clients around the world, including married soccer stars from Brazil's national team after making her name as runner-up in the country's popular best bottom competition.
But a near-death experience in her hospital bed after her body went into septic shock made the model - once considered one of Brazil's most beautiful females - reassess her values and turn her back on the scandalous, self-obsessed life she once led.
Epiphany: Andressa Urach has turned her back on her hooker and model lifestyle (left) and is now writing her tell-all memoirs - in which she reveals the depths she plumbed - as a warning to other young women
No angel: Andressa reveals that she was a 'luxury hooker' and at one point charged £7,000 for an hour's sex
Andressa is speaking out in the hope that her squalid tale would serve as a warning to other young women seeking fame.
She claimed she had been paid hundreds of thousands to sleep with 'at least a thousand men', including some of the world's richest and most recognisable people, from famous singers, models and soap stars to billionaire businessmen.
She also told how she received another £20,000 to be the girlfriend of a well-known country music star, a 'romance' which made headlines around Brazil - even though the singer himself had no idea she was being paid by his agent to date him, on a six-month contract.
I turned my body into a cheap piece of merchandise. I handed over my intimacy to hundreds, who knows, thousands of men in just 27 years of life
And she claims to reveal the truth about her 'affair' with Cristiano Ronaldo, asking for forgiveness from the player and his then girlfriend Irina Shayk - but also telling for the first time how the player threatened her with violence when their dalliance went public.
Curvy Andressa, who also starred in Brazil's version of The Farm, achieved international notoriety in 2013 when she claimed she had slept with the Real Madrid superstar, 48 hours before a Champions League semi-final, something the footballer has always strenuously denied.
And during last year's World Cup in Brazil she was famously expelled from the Portugal training camp in Campinas, near Sao Paulo, after turning up with her topless body painted with the Portuguese team shirt, accompanied by a film crew.
But last December tragedy struck when the model - now a TV presenter - was rushed to hospital with an advanced infection of her left leg, caused by hydrogel fillers she had injected into her thighs, which left her fighting for her life as her vital organs shut down.
She spent a month in intensive care, during which time she claimed she died and 'met with her maker'. It inspired her to become an evangelical Christian and she vowed to never again abuse her body with cosmetic surgery or use it to make money or further her career.
Near death: She spent nearly £250,000 on cosmetic surgery to keep up her looks, her lifestyle and 'career'. But that all came crashing down last December when leaking chemical fillers leaked into her body
Recovery: She nearly died when the chemical sent her body into septic shock and the pictures of the damage they wrought to her body sent shockwaves around Brazil and the world
Few, however, could have imagined the depths to which the model sank during the years in which, in her own words, her 'ambition knew no limits... the thirst for money and the impulse for success exterminated my character and transformed me into a human being without values'.
The explosive new revelations - to be released in her autobiography, launched later this month but seen exclusively by MailOnline - will send shockwaves through Brazil and stun fans of the popular TV host, who now has her own primetime Sunday afternoon show on one of the country's biggest TV channels, Record.
According to Andressa, the exposure from the hotly-contested Miss Bumbum competition in 2012 - including a naked shoot for the cover of the country's leading men's magazine, Sexy - was her ticket into the world of high-end prostitution in which, during the next two and a half years, she would rake in millions.
I accepted taking part in orgies just to get close to famous people, convinced that it would enable me to take several steps up in life. Singers, successful businessmen, famous footballers...
She writes: 'I turned my body into a cheap piece of merchandise. I handed over my intimacy to hundreds, who knows, thousands of men in just 27 years of life, starring in the most humiliating scenes for any woman. Rich and poor, maniacs, perverts, robbers, paedophiles, sadomascochists.
'I found satisfaction in inflicting and receiving pain in sexual acts. I was obsessed with the pleasure I got from being submissive. I threw away my honour like a piece of rubbish.
'I accepted taking part in orgies just to get close to famous people, convinced that it would enable me to take several steps up in life. Singers, successful businessmen, famous footballers. Nothing stopped me in my efforts to become rich. I did everything for fame and money, they were my gods.'
She adds: 'I became, unfortunately, one of the most expensive and desired prostitutes in Brazil. My body was toned, perfect, due to all the plastic surgery I had and anabolic steroids I took, and I aroused attention.
'I would do personal appearances in nightclubs. If there was a client interested in paying for sex with me, the negotiation was done there and then, with the club manager.
'Everything was authorised in advance by me. I gave a yes or no to each proposal before closing the deal. I charged up to 15,000 reals (£3,500).
'There were strict rules. Dinner was not permitted, nor photos or videos. It was just two hours inside the bedroom. And the full payment needed to be made in advance, half before the meeting and half before the sexual act.
'I travelled all over the country and abroad making money like that. My agents scheduled the meetings and off I went, without fear. I was taken over by a blind and dangerous greed.
'I went to Panama City to take part in orgies in the mansion of one of the city's biggest businessmen, along with four other Brazilian girls. The place was full of armed guards.
'I travelled to Manaus and Rio Branco, in the stifling heat of the Amazon, for encounters with prominent landowners and businessmen of the region.
Prostitute: Here Andressa poses at the first brothel she worked in as she readies herself for Carnival
Slippery slope: At 21 she was a struggling single mother and contacted a strip club to become an erotic dancer. Before long the money she was offered for sex sucked her into a life on the game
'I never knew any of the contacts in advance, but I took on the risk anyway. Each meeting earned me between 10,000 and 15,000 reals (£2000-£3,500).
'One of them, who was insatiable, paid me 30,000 reals (£7,000) for one hour of pleasure. I had become a product which was always available.'
Andressa also reveals she was abused from the age of three by a man called grandfather, lost her virginity to a relative at the age of 14, and first started working as a prostitute in a downtown brothel in her home city of Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, at the age of 21.
She also writes of how her near-fatal ordeal last year wasn't the first time she had stared death in the face.
Once, already submerged in the world of street prostitution, she and another call girl were forced to kneel on the floor of a sex motel by a drugged-up gang boss who, pressing a revolver against Andressa's forehead, shouted that they 'deserved to die'.
On another occasion, a violent client, the owner of a car dealership chain in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, left her unconscious in another motel after pinning her down on the bed and punching her in the face.
The players were the same. They all drank a lot of whisky in the hot tub and, when it came to the sauna bath, there was group sex
And she also reveals how she had suffered three drugs overdoses in her life, two during rave parties while she was still a teenager, and the third in 2011 at the party of a well-known millionaire playboy on his Rio de Janeiro yacht, where she spent the night consuming a mix of LSD, crystal meth and alcohol, while sniffing glue from a energy drink can.
As she sought the spotlight in an incessant pursuit of fame and notoriety, Andressa's price-tag grew - and so did the list of rich and famous clients who requested her services.
Before long, according to the model, she was the preferred object of desire of many well-known footballing idols on Brazil's national side.
In July 2012, while she was still preparing to compete in the Miss Bumbum final, she travelled to London where a 'famous athlete' from Brazil's first squad had agreed to pay her €4,000 (£2,800) to spend five days with him.
The footballer had also paid for her flights, a luxury hotel and all others expenses during her trip.
She recalls: 'The deal started with a private conversation on Facebook. He said he was married and had children, but found me very attractive. He asked for absolute discretion before, during and after our days together in England.
'One of his private aides picked me up from the airport and watched over me during the whole trip.
'"Is it always like this?" I asked him. "Yes", he replied. "Every month he invites some Brazilian female friends and makes sure they are treated with care and attention." "And his wife?" I asked, curious. "She doesn't suspect anything. She looks after the children. We set up everything just right so nothing goes wrong", he explained.'
Shot to fame: Andressa's fame rocketed after she came second in Brazil's Miss Bumbum competition. She claims that on March 19, 2013, she received an unexpected phone call from Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been passed her number by two close friends. 'Are you really Miss Bumbum of Brazil?' he asked. 'Do you have the most beautiful bottom? I really like bottoms', she alleges he said
Threats: After a string of flirtatious texts (left), she claims that Ronaldo flew her to Europe to enjoy a night of passion while he was dating model Irina Shayk. Once news of the alleged rendezvous was splashed across newspapers he turned on her, sending a message which she claims read: 'I swear by God. Justice will be done my fing whore. I will send people to come after you'
Andressa writes that, in the middle of the night, the footballer knocked on her door and they had sex, before he left an envelope with her payment in euros on the dresser.
The next day he took her to see London's tourist spots, before having lunch in a private room of a Italian restaurant. After she left to return to Brazil, she never heard from him again.
Months later another Brazil international player, also married with children, brought her over to the European city where he played at the time.
Andressa says she and another Brazilian prostitute were paid 12,000 reals (£3,000) each to take part in a two-day orgy with him and two others players.
She writes: 'The three footballers wanted to have intimate relations with me at the same time, but I resisted. On the first night, I slept only with the Brazil player, who in the middle of the night left the bedroom to sleep with the other girl.
'On the next day, after lunch, another party flowing with drink and pleasure in a mansion in the neighbouring condo. The players were the same. They all drank a lot of whisky in the hot tub and, when it came to the sauna bath, there was group sex. The men didn't touch each other, but I became an object in the hands of each one of them.'
As I left the private lift, my heart was racing and it burst as soon as the room door opened. It was him in person, Cristiano Ronaldo
The third Brazil international Andressa claims she slept with was 'very young, rich and renowned' and cheated on his girlfriend with her, this time at her own apartment in Sao Paulo.
She claims that the player left a purple mark on her chest caused by 'a sudden bite in bed'.
Andressa showed little restraint with the hundreds of thousands she earned selling her body. 'I didn't have any control over how I spent what I received. I spent 12,000 reals (£3,000) on a Chanel bag in Paris and another 25,000 (£7,500) on a Valentino dress in New York.
'I paid 15,000 (£4,000) on a gold watch studded with diamonds, and to have a pet, I spent 7,000 (£1,800) on a domesticated marmoset monkey.
'And still the phone calls didn't stop. I travelled to Miami to go out with an international Brazilian model, which paid me 8,000 reals (£2,000), while he brokered another, surprising encounter with a famous leading man from the novelas of Globo TV (mainstream Brazilian channel).'
Andressa remembers, after meeting the Globo actor at the arranged address in Sao Paulo: 'Coming face to face with the soap opera actor, I sighed. He was one of the biggest heartthrobs of women in Brazil.'
But she adds: 'Half way through the sexual relations, I quickly discovered his fetishes. He started slapping me and strongly yanking my hair. It didn't strike me as that strange, until he started to bite my head without stopping and with a certain violence. He bit me so many times that by the time the session was over my skull was full of teeth marks.'
Wannabe: Andressa (in early modelling shots) said there was nothing that could stop her chasing fame
Sex sells: Andressa, 28, said she has slept with more than 1,000 men. 'I was taken over by a blind and dangerous greed. I went to Panama City to take part in orgies in the mansion of one of the city's biggest businessmen, along with four other Brazilian girls. The place was full of armed guards'
On March 19, 2013, Andressa claims she received an unexpected phone call from Portuguese idol Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been passed her number by two close friends.
'Are you really Miss Bumbum of Brazil?' he asked. 'Do you have the most beautiful bottom? I really like bottoms', she alleges he asked.
She points out that she wasn't paid as a hooker for the alleged trip, claiming: 'I couldn't believe I'd have the chance to have a romantic encounter with one of the planet's most revered footballers. I didn't want to know about getting paid for this trip. No amount of money would pay for the success of being at the side of Cristiano Ronaldo, I thought.'
A month later, she claims to have arrived in Madrid on the orders of the footballer, who had already booked the £12,000-a-night suite at the city's Villa Magna hotel.
I developed a cowardly way of surviving. I felt nothing and thought of nothing. It was as if I'd made myself a hollow being, with nothing inside. I didn't remember the faces of the men
While Andressa had no intention of going public about their discreet rendezvous, she had a plan to have her photo taken with the star in order to create more publicity for herself in Brazil.
She alleges in her memoir: 'As I left the private lift, my heart was racing and it burst as soon as the room door opened. It was him in person, Cristiano Ronaldo. Smiling, he invited me in and we talked quickly about what was going to happen.
'Then he grabbed me and we have an intense sexual relationship. Contrary to what I imagined, the player was quite aggressive in bed. We spent less than an hour in the bedroom.'
Andressa claims that she asked Ronaldo about his Russian girlfriend, model Irina Shayk, and he said the 'relationship was nothing serious' and changed the subject.
She says the player soon began to receive messages on his phone and appeared to become nervous and impatient to leave. The model started to worry that she wouldn't get the photo she wanted, so asked if she could take one with him 'as a fan'.
She claims: 'He said, "you can, but not here in the bedroom. Go down and wait for me in the basement of the hotel. When I go down, we can take a photo."
'I waited in the car park for 40 minutes. Then a member of staff arrived telling me that he had already left. But then, as I called the lift to take me to the lobby to leave, another member of staff took my arm and ordered, "Go up. Cristiano said for you to go up".
'Without a reaction, I returned to the same bedroom, which this time was empty, and they locked me in there for around three and a half hours. Anguished, I called my agent for help saying I was a victim of false imprisonment.
Money talks: Andressa showed little restraint with the hundreds of thousands she earned selling her body, recounting how she would spend, without thinking twice, £3,000 on a Chanel bag in Paris, £7,500 on a Valentino dress in New York and £4,000 on a gold watch studded with diamonds
Animal: Andressa's frivolous spending extended to paying £1,800 on a domesticated marmoset monkey
'When they opened to door to let me go, I saw three hulks in the corridor. Scared, they took me back down to the basement and into a pick-up truck with blacked out windows, and only let me leave the doors of the hotel when I had given an absolute guarantee that I wouldn't let myself be photographed.
'As soon as I was freed, all I could think about was the desire for revenge.'
After she told her story to a British tabloid, Andressa claims a 'furious' Ronaldo called her, and later sent a string of threatening messages, which the model has kept, including: 'You're going to spend all the money you earned paying for medicines.'
When Andressa replied saying she wasn't paid for the story, he allegedly replied: 'I swear by God. Justice will be done my fing whore. I will send people to come after you. You don't know me. You'll see what I will do.'
Even so, Andressa says she now regrets her tryst with the player and reaches out to him and Ms Shayk, asking for forgiveness. 'I want to publicly ask for forgiveness from Cristiano Ronaldo and his then girlfriend, Irina. If I could turn back time, I would write a new page for everything that happened.'
Ronaldo has said that he was 'outraged' by Andressa's claims, branding them as 'pure fiction' and 'forgery'.
Andressa believes that her uncontrollable pursuit of attention at all costs was a result of a childhood bereft of love and affection.
Her father rejected her on the day she came into the world, on October 11, 1987, because she was darker than other members of the family, which has German descendents, and most of whom have blue or green eyes and blonde hair.
I always wanted to be like Barbie, but ended up nicknamed Wolverine because of my plastic surgery
He left home soon after and her mother Marisete, who was just 14 when she had her, had 'no experience and no patience at all', bringing her up with frequent and violent beatings.
When she was three her mother fell in love with another man and moved in with him, moving to his small upstate town, where another elderly couple also lived who she began to call 'grandma and granddad'.
While her mother went out to work, she often stayed alone with her 58-year-old 'grandfather', who would abuse her for the next five years, until his wife caught him in the act and Andressa, now eight, moved back with her mother to Porto Alegre.
Her early childhood experiences, says Andressa, 'made me grow up as a solitary, needy and rebellious girl. Boyfriends, attempts to run away, aggressive behaviour and addiction became my rules of conduct.'
She began smoking cigarettes at the age of 11, and cannabis at the age of 13. After her mother discovered a cigarette packet in her wardrobe she beat her up then dumped her with Andressa's father, who up until then she had never met.
There, she began to go to parties accompanied by a 16-year-old relative, with whom she says she had her first sexual experience at the age of 14.
A year later, Andressa fell in love with a boy at school, and with the blessing of her mother they married weeks later. Days before her 17th birthday, she gave birth to their son, Arthur. The turbulent marriage lasted five years.
It was following her separation, aged 21, that Andressa, a struggling single mother, started on the slippery slope to prostitution. Hearing of a friend's cousin who was earning money as an erotic dancer, she contacted a strip club and brothel in the centre of Porto Alegre.
Broken family: Andressa's mother Marisete (second left), who was just 14 when she had her, had 'no experience and no patience at all', bringing Andressa (centre) up with frequent and violent beatings.
Abuse: Andressa claims she was abused by a man who she lived with and called her grandfather for 5 years
Natural beauty: Andressa when she was 14 - the same year in which she lost her virginity to a relative
At first determined to dance only, it wasn't long before she was convinced to go with a man to one of the brothel bedrooms, and discovered how much more money she could earn selling her body.
Baptising herself 'Imola', after the curvy Formula 1 racetrack where Brazilian driver Ayton Senna lost his life, Andressa soon threw herself into her new profession and quickly became known as the best girl in the establishment.
She said: 'I did crazy things in the bed. I screamed and kissed a lot, which was rare amongst the prostitutes... I did everything that the other girls didn't do.
'I used to say to clients that no other of the 200 women in the place came close to me, both in terms of beauty as well as what I would do within those four bedroom walls.
'With time, and word of mouth, my name ended up being featured on the main call girl website in the south of Brazil. The price of my sessions started to go up, from 400 reals (£100) to 3,000 (£750). I ended up earning more than 30,000 reals (£7,500) a month working from Monday to Saturday. I would go with as many as seven men in one day.'
But she admits: 'I developed a cowardly way of surviving. I felt nothing and thought of nothing. It was as if I'd made myself a hollow being, with nothing inside. I didn't remember the faces of the men. At home, I forgot everything that had happened the previous night as if it I was an actress in a soap opera.'
During this time Andressa left her son Arthur with her mother, and lied to them about her work, saying only that she was working as a nightclub dancer.
After three years, and already with her services in demand all over the south of Brazil, Andressa decided she needed a plan to become even more desirable - and dear - and embarked on the path to fame.
After waking up from one operation, I decided I'd have two new procedures - cut down my toes so I could wear a smaller size of shoe, and take out a rib from each side in order to have a slimmer waist. My surgeon refused to do them
Weeks later, she won a beauty contest and the title of 'Serie A Girl' of local football club Internacional, and soon after won another competition on Record TV to be a glamorous assistant on the Legendarios programme for two months.
Soon after, she received an offer from a famous medium to live with him as his 'girlfriend', paying 12,000 reais (£3,000) per month as well as gifting her with expensive clothes, bags and jewellery.
With her self-publicity strategy apparently working, Andressa began looking for more opportunities for exposure.
Her obsession with plastic surgery also intensified, and in just four years she underwent 14 intrusive cosmetic procedures, including two boob jobs, two stomach liposuctions, five PMMA injections and vaginal lip reduction surgery.
She says: 'I always wanted to be like Barbie, but ended up nicknamed Wolverine because of my plastic surgery.
'I loved transforming myself, be who I wanted to be. I was addicted to plastic surgery. There were no limits. On average, there was a procedure every three and a half months. I spent more than a million reals (£250,000) on interventions, clinics and pre- and post-operation treatment. I wasn't able to see the insanity of my actions.
'Nothing held me back. After waking up from one operation, I decided I'd have two new procedures - cut down my toes so I could wear a smaller size of shoe, and take out a rib from each side in order to have a slimmer waist. My surgeon refused to do them.'
While filming a commercial for a fizzy drinks brand, Andressa met Brazilian singer Latino, who accepted her plea to become one of his dancers during shows and TV performances. Her five months with the singer helped land her an invite to pose nude for Brazilian men's magazine Sexy.
In November 2012 she came second in the famous Miss Bumbum competition, a conquest which opened many more doors both in Brazil and beyond - as well as even higher class clients.
In June 2013, Andressa - by now a household name in Brazil - was invited to a private meeting with the agent of a famous Brazilian country star, where she was offered £20,000 to be the singer's girlfriend.
He told her: 'You need to pretend to date him. Be photographed with him, hug him during dinner, walk hand in hand, talk about his romantic side, say that he's a gentleman.'
Andressa recalls: 'I accepted straight away. Detail - the singer himself had no idea about the scheme. No-one told me openly, but I guessed that it was an initiative of his own father and the agent who administered his career.
'For months I took part in shows, filming, VIP events, always smiling at his side.'
At other times the model had no notion of the danger of her string of sexual liaisons. During one affair with a married drug trafficker in Sao Paulo, during which he would thump her in the face and suffocate her during sex, the 39-year-old took a revolver from a bedside draw and pressed it against her back, saying: 'If you cheat on me, I'll kill you. All I have to do is put my finger here, it's that easy.'
Simple pleasures: Today, Andressa feels lucky to be alive and is happy just spending time with her son and family. Her experience has turned into a money spinner however, as she now fronts a show with people explaining how they survived traumatic situations
Bombshell: Andressa's book, published by Editora Planeta, will be published in Brazil later this month and in Europe early next year
Her last money-motivated relationship was with a millionaire businessman who was on Forbes magazine's list of richest Brazilians, which she ended shortly before her stint in hospital as she began to suffer debilitating pain in her legs.
By the time she was rushed to hospital in early December last year, Andressa had achieved her dream of being one of Brazil's most talked about beauties - and the whole country accompanied her terrifying ordeal as she teetered on the brink of death.
The chemical fillers hydrogel and PMMA she had injected into her thighs four years earlier had begun to rot her body tissue, and procedures to drain them triggered an infection which sent her into septic shock within hours of arriving at the Conceicao hospital in Porto Alegre.
As doctors fought to save her, rumours circulated that both her legs had been amputated, with one news channel even reporting her death, distressing her millions of devoted fans around the country.
Andressa went through two emergency surgeries, while doctors pumped her body with saline solution to try to get her kidneys working again. The liquid collected all over her body, bloating her head, limbs and torso to twice its normal size.
Privately, though, medics doubted the model would pull through - they later told her that, with only half of people who go into septic shock surviving, they were expecting the worst.
Andressa credits her survival and recuperation on the prayers of members of her mother's Evangelical church, and God giving her a second chance to correct the errors she made in her life.
Converting to the same faith, she resolved to turn her back on the life of prostitution, drugs and the reckless pursuit of fame, and spend her life warning others women about the slippery slopes down which she slid and the dangers of drastic surgery.
Now with her own TV programme, 'I Survived', in which she recounts the stories of others who have emerged through difficult or near-fatal experiences, Andressa has deleted saucy snaps from her social networking accounts and reportedly thrown away six wardrobes of skimpy outfits.
Telling her warts-and-all story now, she says, is a way of purging herself of her past, starting afresh, and helping others to find a way out of their own nightmares.
She says: 'Little by little, I'm discovering new riches. I started to value simple yet unique moments in our routine. I feel gladness when I wake up in the morning and have breakfast with my son and my mother. I love watching films in bed with my boy. I'm not afraid of getting old. I want to take care of myself, always be good-looking and elegant, but I'm happy with my body.
'Today, just feeling the wind against my face or breathe deeply brings a smile to my face. It's so good to be alive.'