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Originally posted 08/25/2010 07:30AM
Her divorce is final and she's ready to talk. Elin Nordegren breaks her nine-month silence in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine.
"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," she says in the magazine's latest issue, out just days after her split from Tiger Woods was made official.
The 30-year-old mother of two, who is studying towards a college degree in psychology, says that despite her husband's betrayal, "I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself."
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.
Originally posted 08/23/2010 05:00PM
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have attended the standard four-hour parenting class required to finalize any divorce in Florida.
"The parenting plan is in the best interests of the children," their divorce papers read. The pair have two children, Sam, 3, and Charlie, 18 months.
The court documents also say that Woods and Nordegren have signed a Marital Settlement Agreement, which typically includes terms of child support, alimony and the division of assets, and that Elin will revert to her maiden name: Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren.
Originally posted 08/23/2010 02:15PM
After months of speculation, the marriage between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren Woods is officially over: The couple were present at Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., Monday for the execution of their divorce agreement.
"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," they said in a statement released by Nordegren's Virginia-based law firm of McGuireWoods. "While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us."
The documents do not reveal details of the split, but the couple's statement also says, "Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern."
The settlement – division of property and assets – was undisclosed, but varying reports have suggested that Elin, 30, could receive anywhere from $100 million in assets to as much as five times that figure. Sources have previously told PEOPLE that custody was the key issue for both, and that the couple wanted to share custody of their two children, Sam Alexis, 3, and Charlie Axel, 18 months.
Originally posted 07/04/2010 01:55PM
In honor of the 4th of July, we're calling out four celebs who make us proud to be Americans – and of course another four we wish would get packing for Canada. From charitable to cheating, which American stars would make George Washington's team? And who needs to step up their game?
Brad Pitt: The actor made a big impact in the Big Easy with his Make It Right campaign, a housing project targeted to those hit the hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Besides being easy on the eyes, and a good ole family man, his thoughtfulness warms the heart.
Sandra Bullock: After a public split with ex-hubby Jesse James, America's Oscar-winning sweetheart had better things to talk about – like her baby boy she adopted from New Orleans. The new mom even made an appearance at a benefit concert in Nashville for flood recovery. Bouncing back after-all, is the American way.
Originally posted 07/01/2010 11:45AM
Silence is golden, but is it worth $700 million? It could be what Tiger Woods gives estranged wife Elin Nordegren in a divorce agreement being hammered out now.
While Nordegren has been traveling to Sweden and China with children Sam, 3, and Charlie, 1, and Woods has been struggling to return to the PGA Tour, lawyers for both sides are reportedly close to reaching an agreement.
Sources tell people that Nordegren could land "about $700 million," a number that has increased steadily throughout the months of negotiations.
Woods's camp, a source tells PEOPLE, has offered Elin increasing settlement amounts, all of which are contingent on her silence. Nordegren has so far balked at the confidentiality clause, not because she has a burning desire to tell the story, but because it is the biggest bargaining chip she has, says the source.
Originally posted 06/05/2010 12:00PM
Off on a trip to Shanghai for a visit with her brother Axel, a Swedish marketing representative, Elin Nordegren is expected back in Orlando, Fla., by June 18 to celebrate her and Tiger Woods's daughter Sam's third birthday.
"Elin took Sam and Charlie to China but needs to be back in time for Tiger to also be involved with the celebration of Sam's birthday," a friend tells PEOPLE.
A source close to the ongoing legal discussions in divorce proceedings between Nordegren and Woods says that a $700-million settlement is not the issue. Causing problems in the negotiations is child custody. They are fighting over the kids.
Originally posted 05/13/2010 10:15AM
Sparks didn't fly when Tiger Woods met his wife Elin. According to a new biography of the golfer, Woods had to ask his future wife out five times before she accepted, and even then she wasn't sure she wanted to go out with him.
"Elin Nordegren was not the type of young woman to date Tiger Woods, at least not at first," reports Tiger: The Real Story by PEOPLE staff writer Steve Helling. "For one thing, she had a boyfriend at home in Sweden. He was a normal, decent guy, driving a forklift in a warehouse. If things worked out with him, her life would be safe and predictable, an option that Elin actually found extremely appealing."
The book goes on to say, "Dating Tiger Woods would be just the opposite: paparazzi and tabloids would be around every corner, and Elin couldn't bear the thought of such an invasion of privacy. Besides, she really didn't find Tiger attractive; he simply wasn't her type."
After Elin refused to go out with Tiger, he started to become more persistent. This wasn't a man used to being turned down.
Originally posted 05/11/2010 02:40PM
When Tiger Woods admitted he was "a little nervous" returning to the golf world, did he sense trouble with his game?
The champion golfer, who's slowly integrated himself back in the sport after a sex scandal broke in November, has had a tough few weeks – and his woes seem to keep piling up.
Less than two weeks after missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C., Woods, 34, dropped out of The Players Championship Sunday after suffering from a neck injury. Two days later, his coach, Hank Haney, resigned via text message.
"For me not to play all 18 holes [at TPC], that was as angry and as frustrated as I've been in a long time," Woods said Monday at a news conference.
Originally posted 05/06/2010 02:30PM
After spending two weeks with her family and friends in Sweden, Elin Nordegren and her children – Sam, who is about to turn 3, and Charlie,1 – arrived home in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week.
According to sources in Sweden, Nordegren and her mother Barbro Holmberg together celebrated the Swedish holiday of Valborg, which on the last of April marks the arrival of spring with elaborate fires, singing and partying amid the beautiful landscape of mild weather.
"During the holiday, Elin was seen walking the streets of Gävle with her mom and children," a source tells PEOPLE. "But she has had special protection by bodyguards 24/7."
Originally posted 04/29/2010 05:15PM
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