Tiger Woods had an affair with his 21-year-old neighbour just yards away from his house. His wife never suspected him.
Marriage is a commitment that will only thrive if partners are loyal and open with each other. Though all of us know this is fundamental, many fail to keep it up. Tiger Woods was one such person. The golf player infamously betrayed his wife, Elin Nordegren, and went through an ugly divorce battle.
The golf player married Elin Nordegren in 2004, and the couple had two children. Their marriage seemed perfect but five years later, rumors of Woods' extramarital affairs came out in public. Soon the star came out and confessed about his affairs with 120 women in April 2009. He also admitted to having a one-night stand with the 21-year-old daughter of a neighbor in Florida.
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect," said Woods, according to InTouch Weekly. He added, "Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect." He further went on to say that he wanted to become a better person for his family. “I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology," said the sports star.
However, his apology did not calm the incoming storm. Nordegren was furious when she came to know of the long list of women her husband slept with. She could not believe their marriage was based on lies and infidelity. According to the New York Post, the enranged woman stated, "This is the worst betrayal ever. I can’t believe you had sex with that girl in our own neighborhood. That’s it — I’m divorcing you.” A source, who witnessed her lashing out on the golfer stated, "She was screaming so loudly that everyone at the table could hear what she was saying." Reportedly, Wood's affair with the girl from the neighborhood happened yards away from his house, where Nordegren was caring for their newborn.
Speaking to People about Woods' infidelities, the mother of two claimed that she never felt anything fishy. “I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected — not a one," admitted the woman, according to In Touch Magazine. She remarked, "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.”
She even recalled how she felt her marriage was perfect before she was made aware of the secrets he hid from her for years. “I loved him, we had so much fun, and I felt safe with him. Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life," said the heartbroken wife.
Nordegren filed for a divorce and the former Swedish model legally separated from the star in August 2020. According to Cheat Sheet, Nordegren walked away from her marriage with a $110 million payout.
Woods later addressed the divorce and said that he never intended for his wife to turn upside down. He said, "You don’t ever go into a marriage looking to get divorced. That’s why it is sad. 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," according to Access Online.
He even stated that his former wife should be praised and not be blamed as he was the wrong one in their relationship. “The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame," said Woods. He added, "I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by — I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled," according to In Touch Magazine.
Though the couple parted ways, they are cordial with each other. The duo co-parents their kids and even appreciated each other as parents despite their hurtful past. “Our relationship is centered around our children, and we are doing really good — we really are. He is a great father," said Nordegren, in 2014. She also addressed the former partner's new love and said, “I’m happy for Tiger … In general, in any kind of step-parent relationship, I’m happy that there’s somebody else loving my children.” It can take a lot to get to the point that you’re happy for your ex, so good for her!