Elin Nordegren finally broke her silence regarding her divorce with Tiger Woods in an exclusive interview with People magazine, saying she’s “been through hell” and had no idea her husband was stepping out on her.
“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,” Elin tells People.
“I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected – not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.”
Despite her husband’s betrayal, Elin says, “I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself.”
Elin, a 30-year-old mother of two — Sam who is 3-years-old and Charlie who is 19 months — is currently working on a college degree in psychology.
“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.
In the interview, Elin also addresses the rumors that she attacked Tiger with a golf club, saying, “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 says she and Woods tried to work on their marriage, but “without trust and love,” it didn’t work.
The rumor is that Elin would be getting $100 million out of the divorce, but all Elin had to say about the divorce settlement was, “money can’t buy happiness or put my family back together.”
The People interview is apparently her first and last interview regarding the divorce. She has been offered extraordinary amounts of money from many others, including Oprah and Dr. Phil.
“Elin hasn’t responded to any of them,” a friend of hers said. “She hasn’t said anything and doesn’t plan on ever talking about this awful experience.
“Elin is a very private lady who never once wanted to be in the spotlight like so many other wives of sports superstars. She was thrust into the limelight by Tiger’s selfish actions and now look forwards to going back to normal.”
“It’s very sad that it has come to this,” a insider source says, “we all hoped they would be able to work it out, although Elin couldn’t look at him anymore without thinking about all the different women he had been with.
“In the long run she will be fine, but at the moment she is still very hurt. Thank goodness she has the children. Without them … things would be worse.”
Tiger also released a statement to People, saying, “This is a very painful, personal and private time for our family. Throughout this entire time, Elin has shown unwavering concern and support for our children. She is a wonderful mother. I know that the two of us will do everything we can to help our children adjust to this new family situation.”