Ms. Nordegren Regrets…
Do I believe she’s a gold digger for taking Tiger to the cleaners? Hell, no. She had all the cards in this situation, eight lawyers or no eight lawyers. That pre-nup went out the window. He was the one who trespassed. He blew it.
In 19 hours over four visits to her Windermere, Fla., rental home, Nordegren shared never-before-seen personal photographs and opened up to PEOPLE about the emotional roller coaster she’s been on, her life as a mother to Sam, 3, and Charlie, 19 months, and her hopes for the future.
“My immediate plan is for the kids and me to continue to adjust to our new situation. I am going to keep taking classes, but my main focus is to try to give myself time to heal,” she says.
She tells the magazine this was her first – and last – interview, as she intends to remain a private person.
I do believe, however, that this is media control. Don’t even think that Tiger Woods didn’t know that she was going to People. He knew–and approved. People is a tabloid, but it’s way different from the jackal pack of the National Enquirer, TMZ, and Radar Online and all the rest on both sides of the ocean. Her memoir is going to stand as The Truth of what happened that night when everything in that marriage fell to pieces, until we read otherwise in a biography or two (or three) of Eldrick Tont Woods in the way, way future–or when TMZ or Radar has a far more plausible view of what went down. You know her mom ain’t gonna talk, nor her twin sister, nor any of her possé of women friends, not while she lives.
I believe her story: that she was thoroughly involved with being a wife and mother to his children according to what she thought was their shared values about home and hearth, and that she believed that he was true to her. And then she found out differently–not straight from him, but from the tabloids who published every little bit from those 19 jumpoffs.
I still don’t buy that they did not have a fight that night, a fight that precipitated his trying to drive away from the house. But that’s my opinion.
She is studying towards a psychology degree; she is financially able to raise and care for her babies. She’s been photographed ostensibly preparing for a bike competition. She can go anywhere and do anything, the envy of every single mother in the world. Frankly, she doesn’t need a man, but I’m sure she’ll probably meet another man, probably white and Swedish; older, available and decent to play around with.
For anyone to think that she’s agreed to stay celibate for the rest of her life in exchange for money suggests that such people aren’t dealing with a full deck. Elin is only 30. Nobody’s sex life ends with children or with divorce or with age. The settlement, thought to be as high as $100 million, means that she does not have to marry. Or expect that someone need play a stepfather to Tiger Woods’ son and daughter.
One thing for sure: Tiger Woods won’t ever be the same again.