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The Real Story Behind Tiger Woods And Elin Nordegren’s Relationship

Tiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren are no strangers to making headlines. While many of Woods’ had to do with his golfing career, many dug deeper into his personal life. This is the story of Tiger and Elin’s tumultuous relationship.

Their Original Scandal

In 2009, a huge bombshell came to light, with headlines claiming that Tiger Woods had been caught having an affair. Nearly 10 years after these headlines, both have moved on. But let’s start at the beginning…

Introducing Elin

Elin’s name became well known when she started dating the famed golfer. The pair were as happy as can be for a while. Before their highly publicized personal issues came to light, the couple actually seemed to enjoy a relatively low-profile relationship for a good while.

Their Marriage Comes To An End

Tiger could not seem to stay out of the headlines for a while. Between his infidelity and his many bursts of anger to his time spent at rehab, things weren’t going well for him. But what about Elin? This is how she handled it all…

Her Roots

Way before becoming Mrs. Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1980. She has one older brother named Axel, and a twin sister named Josefina. Their parents divorced when Elin was just two years old, and the family was divided into two.

Her Childhood

Even with her parents divorce, Elin had a normal and happy childhood. She studied hard and earned high grades in school and was on the school soccer team. She later moved to Berlin to spend time with her father, but eventually returned to Sweden, where she was discovered by a prominent photographer.

Becoming A Model

The photographer in question was Bingo Rimer, who would be crucial for Elin’s modeling career. After he discovered her, he helped her find modeling jobs for various companies. However, Elin did not feel fulfilled by this career path, and chose to pursue studying child psychology.

She Wanted A Change

Elin went back to school, but she quickly discovered how challenging it would actually be. She had to balance her studies with a part-time job, but despite working hard, she could not seem to make ends meet. A chance encounter with golfer Jesper Parnevik’s wife would change her life forever, since she offered Elin a job in the United States as a nanny.

The American Dream

Elin chose to pursue this opportunity and left her hoe country of Sweden in favor of the United States. She left her studies, a job, and a boyfriend behind, and Elin came to the US ready for a new start. Her newly single status would not last too long, as she would soon meet the world’s most popular golf star.

The Beginning Of A Relationship

Elin was open to the idea of meeting a new man, but she was initially hesitant about beginning a relationship with such a prominent athlete. At first, she resisted Tiger’s advances, but soon after she knew she was drawn to him. They immediately got along and were together for two years before getting engaged.

An Extravagant Wedding

Tiger and Elin’s wedding was an extravagant affair. The event spanned over a whole week in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The entire Sandy Land Resort hotel was booked by Tiger in order to accommodate their family and friends. This cost him a cool $2 million.

Top Security For The Event

In honor of the occasion, Tiger also shipped 500 roses to the island, since these are not native to Barbados. Additionally, the pair made sure that they booked the top security measures for their highly private event, since they did not was paparazzi crashing their wedding.

A Luxurious Lifestyle

Not long after their wedding, Tiger and Elin enjoyed the peak of Tiger’s career by settling down and purchasing several houses. They bought a waterfront mansion, a house in Elin’s home country of Sweden, and also homes in California and Wyoming.

A Luxurious Lifestyle

A Scandal Breaks Out

Elin’s initial fear of being in the public eye wasn’t completely irrational, as she’d soon discover. In 2006, an Irish magazine caused a scandal when they published compromising photos that they alleged were of Elin. She immediately denied these accusations, but the scandal just wouldn’t disappear.

Clearing Her Name

Elin refused to give in and fought to clear her name. She hired private investigators and attorneys in order to help her. They eventually traced the photos back to a Playboy model, and Elin was finally in the clear. Courts forced the magazine to apologize publicly in addition to paying her $200,000.

Expanding Their Family

After the scandal died down, the couple were finally able to focus on their personal lives again. In 2007, they started a family together when they welcomed their daughter Sam Alexis Woods. The new parents felt as though they were in a bubble of happiness that could not be burst. Sadly, this would prove to be untrue.

The Kids

Tiger and Elin welcomed parenthood, and felt that they wanted to expand their family even further. Two years after the birth of their daughter, they welcomed a son named Charlie Axel Woods. Now grown kids, Sam and Charlie have followed in their famous dad’s footsteps and have pursued playing golf.

The Trouble Begins

Everything seemed to be going so well for Tiger and Elin, but comes Thanksgiving Day 2009, everything would change forever. Elin found an articles that linked Tiger to a woman named Rachel Uchitel. She decided to confront him, but Tiger denied that there was any truth to this. However, Elin remained suspicious. She would find damning evidence on his cell phone shortly after.

Things Escalated Quickly

Once the truth about Tiger’s infidelity came out, Elin grew more and more upset. Some reports claimed that Elin allegedly charged at her husband with a gold club. Then Tiger fled to his car and started to drive away, but because he had taken sleeping pills, he crashed the car shortly after. He was lucky not to have been injured badly.

He Took A Break

After this incident, Tiger felt that he needed to take time to focus on himself. He announced on his website that he was taking an “indefinite break from professional golf.” At the time, he was the #1 draw, leaving TV and his sponsors without their #1 driver of ratings.

Things Took A Toll

Things continued to head downhill for the couple. Elin started to wonder if she had overreacted to the situation, but Tiger would continue to prove her wrong. Things continued to escalate and they tried desperately to keep it out of the spotlight. But sadly, the situation was far from over for these two.

Keeping Silent At A Cost

Rachel Uchitel, the woman linked to Tiger at the time, decided to speak up and share her side of the story with the media. However, her scheduled appearance was abruptly cancelled. It was later revealed that Tiger paid her $10,000 in order to stay silent, but unfortunately for him, it was a bit too late for that.

Tiger’s Many Mistresses

After the initial news came out about Tiger’s infidelity, many more women began to come forward to share the news that they had also had an affair with him. They came into the spotlight to share what had happened. The women who came out included Holly Sampson, Cori Rist, Jamie Jungers, Mindy Lawton, and Kalika Moquin.

Jaimee Speaks Out

One of Tiger’s mistresses, Jamiee Grubbs, decided she wanted to share her story with the world. At the time of the affair, she was working as a cocktail waitress and also appeared on reality TV show Tool Academy. She was involved with Tiger for two years, and she claimed she did not know he was married.

Another Mistress Comes Forward

Another mistress named Jamie Jungers was a lingerie model who was living in Las Vegas when she was involved in her affair with Tiger. She claimed that he helped pay for her liposuction. She has states that she and Tiger were engaged in the affair for a year and a half.

More Stories Come Out

Sadly, these were not the only mistresses who came out to share their stories. Theresa Rogers also admitted to having an affair with Tiger. She was the 11th of the mistresses to speak up. She nicknamed herself “the cougar” and has said that she and Woods were involved for more than five years.

Staying Out Of Sight

Elin decided that throughout this painful ordeal she would try as much as possible to keep a low profile. Staying out of the public eye was one of the toughest things she has had to do, but she kept her head up and tried to remain strong throughout.

Her Sister Stuck With Her

Elin had a strong support system throughout the whole ordeal. Her twin sister Josefina came through and stuck by Elin’s side the entire time. The two even travelled to the French Alps to celebrate Elin’s 30th birthday.

The Twin Bond

Elin and Josefina were always close with one another, and so it was natural that she would stand by Elin throughout this messy situation. Elin and Josefina actually moved to the U.S. together, and were roommates up until Elin met Tiger.

The Twin Bond

Life In Another Country

Even though Elin and Josefina moved to the U.S. together, Josefina decided it wasn’t the right place for her and decided to move to England instead. She began working at a legal office in London, which would later prove to be quite important in helping Elin after the affairs were discovered.

Support From Her Sister

As soon as Elin began to deal with the process of the divorce, her twin was there to help, both emotionally and legally. Josefina’s office provided Elin with a legal team. Josefina is working at that office to this day.

What Did She Get Out Of It?

Typically, when people think about celebrity divorces, they tend to wonder about how much the settlement came out to be. Now, it’s important to note that divorce involved real people and feelings. However, many were left wondering just how much Elin was left with after all of the suffering.

The Final Amount

The prenup agreement that Tiger and Elin had agreed upon upon their wedding was $20 million if a divorce would happen. However, as the situation was worsened by Tiger’s many affairs, many wondered if she was eligible to receive more? Reports claimed that the final amount ranged from anywhere from $750,000 to even $1 billion!

Out Of Public Earshot

As was the case throughout the entire ordeal, the former couple wanted to keep everything as quiet as possible about their divorce, so details are not publicly known. Tiger did everything he could to keep it all private, and the press were banned from the court.

So Who Got The Kids?

As the divorce was in its final stages, people began to wonder what would happen with the couple’s children. Elin decided not to deny Tiger partial custody in the end. In spite of it all, she felt that she could not ignore the fact that he is her children’s father and wanted him to be a part of their lives.

How Much His Affair Cost Him

After the everything was said and done and the divorce was finalized, Elin’s settlement reportedly came out to about $100 million. This is a staggering $80 million more than initially agreed upon in the original prenuptial. It is widely assumed that this was meant to compensate Elin for all that Tiger had put her through.

Are There Any Lingering Feelings?

After everything: the affairs, the humiliations, dramas, the divorce, at the end of it all, Elin is just human. Despite it all, she admitted that she couldn’t help but have residual feelings left for Tiger, especially because he is the father of her children. Despite his many transgressions, she was faithful to him the entire time.

The Effect On Elin

Throughout the publicity of the affairs and the divorce, Elin’s mental health took a serious toll. Everything she went through would be painful for anyone going through such a thing, but on top of it all, she had to deal with the media reporting on everything. She was completely embarrassed by the whole ordeal.

She Speaks Out

Eventually, Elin decided that she wanted to clarify just what had happened with the golf club incident. Elin claimed that after Tiger stormed out of their home during their argument, she heard a strange and loud noise, so she ran out to see what had happened. She claims that she used the golf club to break into the crashed car and help Tiger out to safety.

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