Elin Nordegren Breaks Her Silence
Elin Nordegren has spoken for the first time about Tiger Wood’s infidelities, saying she had no idea he has been cheating on her.
“I never suspected, not a one,” she told People magazine. “For the last three-and-a-half years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.”
Between 11 and 19 women allegedly had affairs with Tiger over a number of years. “I felt stupid as more things were revealed. How could I not have known anything? The word “betrayal” isn’t strong enough. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart.”
Elin, 30, opened up for the first time just two days after finalising their divorce, but says this will be her only interview.
She says she has suffered hair loss, insomnia and weight loss since reports about Tiger’s affairs first came to light nine months ago.
“It’s hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden – was it a lie? You’re struggling because it wasn’t real. But I survived. It was hard, but it didn’t kill me.”
“I felt embarrassed for having been so deceived. I felt betrayed by many people around me. Initially, I thought we had a chance, and we tried really hard.”
“I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children.
“I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself.”
She strongly denies hitting Woods with a golf club and chasing him outside their Florida home before he crashed his car in November 2009, the incident that sparked his downhall.
“There was never any violence inside or outside our home,” she confirmed.
Addressing speculation that she netted $100 million in the divorce settlement, Elin maintains that she was not after his money. “Money doesn’t make you happy. But I have to be honest: It is making some things
easier. I have the opportunity to be with my children as much as I want.” Elin and Tiger will share joint custody.
Speaking of the future, Elin says she just wants to concentrate on herself and her children and credits Sam, three, and Charlie, 19 months, for helping her get through the past nine months. “Just having them around, hugging me, kissing me, gives me the strength to get through every day,” she said.
She is also studying for a degree in psychology.
And the question everyone wants to know – how does she feel about Tiger now?
“Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process…I wish him all the best in the future, as a person and as an athlete.
“I know he is going to go down as the best golfer that ever lived, and rightfully so. I feel privileged to have witnessed a part of his golfing career.”
Woods today issues a statement before a golf tournament in New Jersey, calling Elin a “wonderful mother.”
“It’s a sad time in our lives…I wish her [Nordegren] the best in everything. We’re looking forward to how we can help our kids the best way we possibly can. And that’s the most important thing.”
A reporter asked Woods whether he felt relief at the split. He replied: “I don’t think that’s the word. I think it’s just more sadness. Because I don’t think you ever go into a marriage looking to get divorced. That’s the thing. That’s why it is sad.”