Elin Nordegren, the now ex-wife of Tiger Woods has broken the silence she maintained through the sex scandal that blasted apart the privacy of their marriage, saying she has been through “hell.”
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Elin Nordegren spoke out on Wednesday, two days after she and Woods issued a statement confirming their divorce.
“I’ve been through hell, 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.”
Nordegren, 30, met Woods at the age of 21 while minding children for a Swedish golfer. She is now studying psychology. Additionally she said she never suspected the affairs that Woods admitted to and issued a public apology for in February.
“I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected – not a one. 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,” she said.
When asked about his ex-wife’s comments, Woods said that he “wished her the best in everything.”
“It’s a sad time in our lives. And we’re looking forward to – in our lives and how we can help our kids the best way we possibly can. And that’s the most important thing,” he said.
Nordegren said she has “not watched one minute of golf” since the revelations.
The revelations surfaced after a car accident in the middle of the night at the couple’s luxurious Florida home where Woods crashed into a tree and a fire hydrant. Nordegren had told police she smashed the car’s back window with a golf club to get him out.
Nordegren explained that she did not hit Woods on the night of the car crash.
“There was never any violence inside or outside our home,” she said. “The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous.”
Since that night Nordegren said she has experienced various emotions. Woods and Nordegren share custody of a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.
“The word betrayal isn’t strong enough. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart,” she said, before later adding, “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.”
The settlement she received,is estimated to be worth $100 million, but she said it wasn’t worth splitting up her family.
“Money can’t buy me happiness,” she said. “Or put my family back together.”
Praised for maintaining her privacy throughout this ordeal, Nordegren disclosed that she suffered weight and hair loss from stress before the divorce, but said that she wanted to protect her children.
“For my kids, I felt that (maintaining privacy) was the only normalcy I could give them, since they have a very famous dad,” she said.
In speaking publicly about the details of the last several months, she added,”I felt like setting some things straight.”
She and Woods tried for “months and months” to reconcile, she added, but “without trust and love” it wasn’t possible. She will relocate to southern Florida so that her children can be close to their father.
“Forgiveness takes time,” she said.