updated 06/21/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/21/2012 AT 7:15 PM ET
In his first interview since serving more than three and half years in prison, Raffaello Follieri spoke to PEOPLE about his romance with Anne Hathaway – and how it all went wrong.
“We were talking about marriage,” says Follieri, in an interview that took place in his native Rome. “I was very much in love with her.”
When he first entered prison, “I thought my life was over,” he says. “But I learned to survive by focusing on getting through one day at a time.”
As for his fall from grace, “I’m not a saint,” he says. “But I’m not the devil.”
For more from the exclusive interview with Follieri – including details of his relationship with Anne Hathaway – look for the story in an upcoming issue of PEOPLE