Tiger Woods and His Affairs
The pro golfer, Tiger Woods, and his ex-wife, model Elin Nordegren, have been making headlines for the past decade, and not all of them had to due with their professional careers. The couple was involved in scandals that dug deep into their personal lives. Keep reading to find out the story behind Tiger and Elin’s tumultuous relationship.
WOODS AND NORDEGREN: HOW IT ALL STARTED
Nordegren, the Swedish model who would end up being Tiger’s wife, was born in Stockholm in 1980. Being the older twin, she was the middle child of the family. Once she moved to the US in the pursuit of the American Dream, Elin met Tiger and their relationship flourished.
The couple’s wedding was extravagant: taking place in Barbados, the Caribbean island, the event took over a whole week. Woods and Elin completely booked the Sandy Land Resort Hotel, which cost him $2 million. The family and friends of the couple were hosted at the Resort for the duration of the wedding celebrations.
HOW THE DREAM CAME TO AN END
Even though the couple had a fairytale wedding, their relationship went through some ups and downs. Once they broke up, the media outlets made a run for their money and thousands of articles were published on the topic, speculating on what led this love affair to an end.
Elin tried to keep herself out of the public eye throughout the whole ordeal, especially considering how hurt she felt about the reasons why the couple split up. Recently she has gathered up the courage to finally speak her peace about the heartbreaking events that led the couple to divorce.
THE SCANDAL OF 2009: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Even though the tabloids were fascinated when the couple got together, their interest grew even more when they got the news of Woods and Elin splitting up. Becoming a world sensation in 2009, Woods was criticized by the majority of people who had something to say about the affair.
The news outlets were desperate to have Elin’s side of the story about how it all happened, but she seemed to not be interested in speaking up. However, after Woods moved on with a new woman in his life, Elin felt it was time to finally reveal the truth to the public.
FINALLY SPEAKING UP: READ ELIN’S SIDE OF THE STORY
The married couple had their first love life trouble on Thanksgiving in 2009. Tiger Woods’ wife came across an article online that stated her husband had an inappropriate encounter with Rachel Uchitel during a trip to New York. When the model confronted her husband, he denied all allegations.
Even though Elin wanted to believe Woods, she remained doubtful of his reasoning and excuses, thus ending up going through his mobile phone. Hold and behold, Elin found extracts of conversations that confirmed the newspaper was telling the truth, and once again confronted Woods about the whole ordeal, this time with proof.
WOODS RUNS AWAY FROM ELIN’S RAGE
Finally confirming her fears about the news, Elin was enraged, not only because she was heartbroken, but also due to Woods lying to her face. Some reports suggest that she came after Woods holding a gold club, which led him to drive away in his car due to fearing his wife would do something bad.
The situation escalated even further, as Woods had taken some sleeping pills some hours before the fight. The pro golfer became groggy and sleepy, which made him have a car accident. He was found unconscious beside a fire hydrant, but luckily he sustained only minor injuries. Both Woods and Elin then went through difficult times.
ELIN COMES CLEAN ABOUT HOW SHE DELT WITH THE DIVORCE
After some time, Elin finally came clean about the events that led to her and Woods splitting up. She admitted that she never suspected him and that it was extremely difficult to handle the confirmation once she had proof. During an interview with People, Eli denied claims that she tried to hit him with a golf club.
The model confirmed that she wanted to save the marriage. "There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous," she said, adding "I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car. To think anything else is absolutely wrong."
After being married for six years, Woods also came forward to state that he was sad about the divorce, and that he wished all the best to Nordegren. In a news conference, the pro golfer stated that it was a sad time in their lives and that the marriage was doomed due to his mistakes.
WOODS ADMITS HE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES IN HIS LIFE
Woods told journalists that "My actions certainly led us to this decision. I've certainly made a lot of errors in my life and that's something I'm going to have to live with. You don't ever go into a marriage looking to get divorced. That's the thing - that's why it is sad. I wish her the best in everything."
After the mediatic scandal about their relationship, many women came forward admitting that they also had affairs with the golfer, who later on made a public apology and admitted to having been a bad husband to Nordegren. "I'm so embarrassed that I never suspected - not a one," she said in the interview.
WAS IT ALL A LIE?
"For the past 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. I've been through hell. It's hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden - was it a lie?", Elin confessed in an interview.
THE DIVORCE IS FINALIZED: THE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT
Even though Elin didn’t disclose any type of details about the financial settlement in the divorce, some US media outlets have suggested that the Swedish model received more than $100 million. This information is yet to be confirmed by Elin herself.
Tiger Woods, who is the worlds’ richest sportsman of modern times, has lost the support of several major sponsors due to the scandal that came to light in 2009. AT&T and Gatorade are among the sponsors which decided to step away from any ties with the professional golfer.
POST-DIVORCE: THE CHILDREN ARE THEIR PRIORITY
The couple, who have two children together, Sam and Charlie, have been focusing on their kids after the divorce. Woods commented to Time in 2015 that "Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. [...]. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then."
"They're friends now. Everything that happened in the past is in the past. They both decided to be adults and to do what was best for the kids. So they get along really well,” People published in 2018. "Tiger says really great things about Elin. [...] They're closer now than they were when they were married. The kids love them both."
OVERCOMING DIVORCE: WHAT IS ELIN’S LIFE LIKE NOW?
According to some sources, Elin has finally settled in her new life, almost ten years after the scandal. “Elin truly has a friend in Tiger - but she's still hiding the pain of their split all these years on,” a well-placed source exclusively told Sun Online.
“If anything, being closer to Tiger again and spending days together with their children has made it harder to let go of the past. She sees a lot of the good side of him now and what an amazing dad he is, but that makes it tough emotionally when you have conflicting feelings about him,” the source continued.
THERE IS ALSO GOOD IN THE BAD
“Tiger brings Elin and the kids to his home for fun days at least once a month and there's always a very friendly atmosphere between them. [...] They had a recent day together where they chatted for about five hours, had a glass of wine and were really relaxed around each other.”, Sun Online published.
"It still hurts her heart [...] But she does get upset when she hears about Tiger dating other women or anything along those lines. It still hurts her heart even if she doesn't show it to him. [...] However, compared to when the scandal broke, she is in a much better place mentally.”, the source continued.
LIFE GOES ON: ELIN WELCOMES THIRD CHILD
In October 2019, Elin gave birth to her third child with Jordan Cameron, NFL tight end who played for the Dolphins in 2016. The Daily Mail published that the couple initially named their son Filip but recently decided to legally change it to Arthur.
According to a source close to Nordegren, the model was “very happy about the pregnancy” but is trying to maintain a “quiet life.” The source continued that “Elin maintains a low profile and has a normal, boring life, Florida allows her to live that quiet life. … She’s surprised that people care that she’s pregnant.”
TIGER WOODS GIVES LOVE ANOTHER CHANCE: MEET HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND
After the scandal that involved Woods and Elin, the pro golfer went on with his love life and started a relationship with his new girlfriend, Erica Herman. The couple has been dating since 2017, and Erica is a manager of one of Woods’ restaurants.
In December that same year, the couple was seen together during the Presidents Cup, where Erica was seen sporting a “Player Spouse” badge. Not long after that public appearance, the couple made their relationship official. Even though Woods has a busy schedule, the couple seems to have been spending a lot of time together.
Woods and Eli seem to be living their own lives, and even though they went through some rough times together, the ex-couple still manages to be friends. Taking care of the two children they have together, they seem to have come to peace and are trying to ensure that their kids have a good future.
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