When Elin Caught the Public’s Eye
Elin Nordegren first caught the nation’s eye when people found out she was in a relationship with Tiger Woods. Since then, people were dazzled by the couple. But they weren’t quite as interested in their lives when they were together as they were when they split up.
The media was abuzz with news of their break up. Thousands of articles were published detailing the reasons for their split. Through it all, Elin was able to keep herself out of the public eye. But now, she has finally gathered up enough courage to speak of the tragic events.
A Marriage Comes to an End
By the time his marriage approached its tragic climax, Tiger Woods had become a notorious figure. He had trouble with the police, had slept with many women, and went into rehab. Not to mention his hiatus from golf activities and the looming break up with his wife.
But almost every coverage had focused on Tiger’s background. Elin remained a mystery. Did she have her own share of unsavory secrets? Let’s take a closer look?
The Birth of Elin Nordegren
Elin Nordegren came into the world on January 1, 1980, from Stockholm, Sweden. She also had a twin, Josefin, who came a few minutes after her. They also had a brother named Axel, who was older than them.
Unfortunately, at the young age of 2 years old, their parents went through a divorce. This left their family torn in two.
Elin did not let the divorce of her parents get in the way of her life. She grew up energetic and curious, always on the lookout for the next big thing. She had great grades at school and demonstrated sporty skills when playing soccer.
Still, Elin left this successful life behind in the late 1990s. This was when she moved to Berlin with her father. However, a few years later she moved back to Sweden and was then discovered by a well-known photographer.
The Birth of a Model
Elin’s work with photographer Bingo Rimer proved to be a success. Since then, she had been approached by many famous companies. She even became a swimsuit model for a famous magazine in Sweden.
But Elin felt that there was more to her than simply modeling. She had aspirations of becoming a child psychologist. Eventually, she would leave modeling to take up various side jobs to fund her return to college.
A New Beginning
But the road to college was long and hard. Elin had to work part-time and was barely making it. However her luck quickly changed – during her shift at a Stockholm store, she met a lady who was looking for a nanny.
This lady turned out to be the wife of Jesper Parnevik, a famous golf player from the US. Elin was not one to ignore the opportunity presented to her. So she dropped out of college and left her work and family in Sweden behind.
Living the American Dream
Elin was well aware of what it meant to move to a different country. She’d have to leave behind her family and her boyfriend of many years. Still, she was thrilled to start her life in America.
Sadly, the distance would break Elin and her boyfriend’s relationship apart. She was now single—but not for long. The Parneviks would soon introduce her to a friend. This would turn out to be golf superstar Tiger Woods.
The Road to Courtship
Elin did not mind the attempts of the Parneviks to find her a new boyfriend. Though Tiger Woods was farthest from her mind. She was quite happy as she was and didn’t want all the buzz attached with dating such a star.
In the beginning, Elin was not receptive to Tiger’s advances. But in time, she agrede to go on a date with him. The two had chemistry and, after 2 years, they were engaged.
A Dream Wedding
If Elin wasn’t convinced about dating him at first, Tiger Woods changed her mind. They had the kind of wedding that most people only dreamed about. It wasn’t even a wedding day, but more of a one-week wedding celebration.
The two lovebirds flew all the way to the island of Barbados in the Caribbean wirth their friends and family. Tiger reserved an entire hotel to accommodate all their guest, which cost him $2 million.
Air-Tight Security Measures
Tiger pulled out all stops to make their wedding a once-in-a-century affair. Having the whole Sandy Lane Resort reserved was just the first step. He also had 500 roses brought in by plane. This was because the flower was hard to find on the island.
Security for the wedding was air-tight. Tiger made sure of that – in fact, no wedding photos have been released in public. Not even unofficial one’s taken by the paparazzi. For one, people have been debating if photos like this one is a genuine shot of the couple.
A Luxurious Life
There was no doubt that Tiger and Elin lived the high life during their marriage. Tiger was at the top of his game during those years, which meant he definitely had enough money to buy some great properties.
On top of their wonderful waterfront mansion, they also kept other properties throughout the country. This included homes in Jackson, Wyoming, and California. They even had one in Sweden. And who could blame them? We’d be the first ones to buy a house like this if we could.
The Beginnings of a Scandal
In 2006, Elin came face-to-face with her own scandal, feeling the hardship and struggle of worldwide attention and fame. A magazine in Ireland released nude photos of a woman whom they alleged to be her.
The magazine had no evidence to back their allegations. In addition, Elin refuted all claims that the woman in the photos was her. But this proved to be the beginnings of a scandal that would swallow the couple in the years to come.
Elin Clears Her Name
Elin knew better than others when it came to the scandalous photos. She was now on the path to clear her name and debunk the magazine’s theories. After consulting with private eyes and attorneys, they finally traced its origins. These turned out to be photos of a former model for Playboy.
Now with evidence in hand, the couple sued the Irish magazine. The court ordered the magazine to issue a public apology and pay Elin almost $200,000.
Tiger Becomes a Dad
Once they put an end to all bad rumors, Elin and Tiger prioritized their family life. Elin gave birth to their first child, daughter Sam Alexis Woods, on 2007.
Looking at this photo, you wouldn’t think of anything except what a great father Tiger is, loving his daughter above all else. However, this was far from the scandalous image that befell him in the years to come.
Children of the Golf Legend
Then, after two years, the couple was blessed with another child, a son named Charlie Axel Woods. They seemed to be one big happy nuclear family of an ideal mother, father, daughter, and son.
Now the children seem to be following in their father’s footsteps, both inheriting their father’s golfing talent as they played at amateur golf tournaments. You sure can’t deny their lucky DNA.
The First Signs of Trouble
Thanksgiving 2009 signaled the first signs of trouble in their married life. A few days before, Elin came across an online article which alleged that, while on a trip to New York, Tiger had an affair with Rachel Uchitel.
Of course, Tiger denied all allegations. However, Elin remained doubtful of her husband. In the end, she looked into Tiger’s phone and found damning proof of his infidelity.
Hell Hath No Fury Like… A Woman and a Golf Club
Now sure of her husband’s infidelity, Elin was in a rage. Reports even suggested that she came at Tiger while holding a golf club. Luckily, Tiger found a way out. He ran inside his car and drove off.
Unfortunately, Tiger took some sleeping pills a couple of hours before the incident. This made him really groggy, and he ended up getting into a car accident. He was found beside a fire hydrant, unconscious. Miraculously, he sustained only minor injuries.
The Cost of Scandals
The couple had their own share of troubles by now. Elin may have even thought she overdid it with her reaction. But she had proven time and again that it was not wise to cheat on a woman.
On the other hand, Tiger could have ended up in worse condition. But in the first place, he should not have run from his wife like that. Especially not in his condition. He should have manned up and said what needed to be said. Or did he want another person to reveal things to the world?
Money Keeps Secrets from Spilling Out
As soon as the incident reached the news, Rachel Uchitel hoped to spill the beans and tell her side of the story. But one day before her scheduled appearance to the media, she dropped the whole plan.
In the end, it was revealed that Tiger had given Rachel $10,000 worth to keep her lips sealed. Unfortunately for him, he conveniently forgot to do the same for his other affairs. More than 15 women later claimed to have slept with the golf legend in exchange for money.
A Gathering of Ladies
Pictured here are a few of the women that Tiger had lured to his bed. At least, those who claimed to have slept with him. Among the ones here are Holly Sampson, Kalika Moquin, Mindy Lawton, Jamie Jungers, and Cori Rist.
But there were a dozen more where they came from. Elin would have been heartbroken hearing women appearing on talk shows, one after the other, proving her husband’s infidelity.
The Second Mistress
This is Jaimee Grubs, the next woman to claim she was Tiger’s mistress. They met each other quietly for more than two years. She worked as a cocktail waitress and used to be a contestant at Total Academy.
Jaimee claims she did not know that Tiger already tied the knot. Considering how much of a celebrity Tiger is, we are not convinced by her claim. To prove their relationship, Jamiee released a voicemail from Tiger.
Yet Another Mistress
Here, we have one more Jamie. The lady in question is Jamie Jungers. She worked in Las Vegas, modeling lingerie. She told her story to the press, even going so far to say that she used some of Tiger’s money on her liposuction.
According to Jamie, she and Tiger were tight for about a year and three months. After that, she again made headlines after getting caught in California for a drunk driving offense.
Yet Another One
Next up is Theresa Rogers, the self-proclaimed “cougar” among Tiger’s countless women. She is number 11 of those who revealed their affairs in public.
But that’s not all. She even claimed that her child’s father was none other than Tiger. Their affair supposedly lasted for five years. Reports suggest they were together even before Tiger got hitched to Elin.
Maintaining a Low Profile
It was quite natural for Elin to stay low in the middle of the controversy. For one, it was a shocking and mortifying experience for her, and considering the golf club incident, she was seething with rage.
The world was wondering, what went through her mind during the whole ordeal? Did Tiger try to convince her otherwise? Did she think about staying with him despite what had happened? Who can say? One thing’s for sure though, she found many reasons to stay strong.
Through Thick And Thin
With all that had been happening in her life, Elin felt more and more alone. Thankfully, she had her twin sister to turn to. To distance themselves from the trouble, Elin and Josefin went to the French Alps. It was also a way to celebrate their 30th birthday together.
Elin left her troublesome husband to take care of his upcoming tournament. She felt no particular need to be around to support him.
True Twin Sisters
It might be because they’re twins, but Elin and Josefin have done things together and had a close relationship their whole lives. They have even shared their secrets, and continue to do so.
The truth was that they worked in the same store when Elin got the offer from Mrs. Parnevik. They both ended up getting the job and moved in together to America.
Testing the Waters
The twins took to caring for the Parneviks’ children, at the same time getting ready to secure citizenship. Elin was a natural, getting used to living in America. She even got married to a golf legend.
But Josefin had trouble adjusting to life in the country. In the end, she moved to England. Here, she found work at a London legal office which proved to be important later on.
Help From Her Twin
Josefin was a great help during Elin’s divorce proceedings. She helped not only in the personal sense but also in the professional. Elin would hire the same legal office where Josefin worked to take of both her divorce and businesses.
At first, Josefin did not agree with Elin’s decision to get divorced. She thought there was still a chance for her sister to make things work. But Elin was adamant, requesting Josefin to keep working on the proceedings. In the end, Josefin gave in. To this day, she remains with the same legal office.
How Much Did She Get?
Many fans were sad that such a dream marriage came to an end. But some couldn’t help but think how much Elin would get from the divorce.
After all, Elin wasn’t walking out on just someone. She was divorcing a millionaire cheater. But would she end up a millionaire herself after all the trouble she went through?
The Million Dollar Question
You bet she would! For one, their prenup agreement ensured that Elin would get $20 million. But after everything that happened, that was not enough. The press gave varying reports on how much she would get. The least was $750,000, while the most would be $1 billion.
In the end, Elin would get an astounding $110 million. This totaled only about a sixth of her husband’s total worth. But it amounted to $20 million for every year she spent with him. That’s quite hefty, even for celebrity rates.
A Private Hearing
But the divorce proceeding remained inaccessible to the public. The press was barred by the court from entering. This was a good thing for Elin, who wanted to keep things on the hush.
But it was likely that the oath to silence was paid for by Tiger Woods. Some assume that he requested parties involved to keep things quiet. And for a while, it was effective.
Who Keeps the kids?
It’s true that access to the hearing was kept to concerned parties. Of course, that didn’t stop them from wondering. Would Elin get sole custody of the kids, or would Tiger?
In the end, Elin did not deny partial custody to Tiger. It’s true that he was a bad husband. But maybe he wasn’t such a bad father. We’d like to think that Elin felt the same.
The Price for Infidelity
Other people wondered regarding the amount paid in the divorce. Elin got $100 million out of it, but no one is sure why. She got way more than their prenup stated.
We believe Tiger was either given a hint or ordered by the court to pay more. It could have also been compensation for all the suffering he brought to Elin.
While Elin went through a lot during their marriage, she admitted to having some lingering feelings. Tiger was still their kid’s dad. And through their troubles, she stayed faithful to him.
She also owned up to the night of her golf club rage. For Elin, her husband’s repeated lies just got the best of her.
The Toll on Elin
Elin had suffered for months. When it finally came home that Tiger was really cheating on her, it just made things worse. She even felt a bit silly for not knowing sooner.
The whole affair affected both her physical and emotional health. She wanted nothing more than to stay away from the public eye. But then, who would tell her side of the story?
Elin Finally Tells Her Story
When the golf club incident broke out on the papers, the media wanted nothing more than to paint Elin out to be the antagonist. This made her go on screen to clarify the story.
That night, Tiger left after their heated argument. After a while, Elin heard a loud noise outside. She saw her husband in the middle of an accident. Elin actually used the golf club to break the car’s windshield and help her husband out.
Those Who Doubt
Elin found the stories the media told were unbelievable. So she told her side of the story to set things straight. She didn’t want to go back to her quiet life without first clearing her name.
Still, some of Tiger’s more rabid fans thought her story was implausible. After all, why use golf clubs if she wanted to save him from the accident? The media’s story made a lot more sense.
The Path to Healing
Elin found it was not so easy to let go of her past. But she had to make an effort in order to start a new life. Now, she had to face two truths. The first was that Tiger lied to her during the better part of their married life.
The second was that she was now mostly alone to take care of two kids. Elin knew the path to healing was long. That’s why she decided to keep a journal. It was part of a process to wrestle control over her life.
Did Tiger Have Regrets?
While both have gone past the troubles of their marriage, it seems that only Elin has managed to clear her name. Did he have any regrets about what happened? Well, it appeared he didn’t.
During an interview conducted in 2016, Tiger said that his one regret was not finishing his course at Stanford. Other than that, he did not remember anything else to regret.
She and Tiger Still Talk
Despite everything that happened between them, Elin is mature enough to let bygones be bygones. She does not want their kids to suffer any longer. She still talks with Tiger and is friendly when they meet each other.
Elin believes that Tiger is still a great father to their kids. But she did have one important condition. Tiger can’t let any of his girlfriends and his children meet each other. At least, not until he gets married to one of them.
Tiger Finds New Love
Tiger has found a new love by the name of Erica Herman, his latest steady. Standing by Elin’s conditions, Erica cannot meet the kids until she and Tiger tie the knot.
Some think that Erica was given a bad deal. In part, one can’t know how well Tiger’s kids and girlfriend will get along until they meet. But some believe that Elin did what the natural thing to keep her kids safe.
Tiger Always Seems to Find New Love
If there’s one thing to be said about what happened, it’s that Elin perhaps knew her ex-husband too well. Just a few months before, Tiger found love in Kristin Smith, who worked as a stylist.
The public was abuzz with this new development back then. They followed closely as photos of the two on a boat made the headlines. But then, they would once again find him arm-in-arm with Erica after a few months.
This is Turning into a Habit
People wondered how Tiger could move so quickly from Kristin to Erica, but in this case, it was more of the same classic Wood’s story. Reports suggest that Tiger and Kristin broke up because he was seeing her and Erica at the same time.
Kristin suspected that the legend was cheating on her. But Tiger, as usual, denied this—even going so far as to badmouth Erica. As was common in these cases, either Kristin or Erica would have given up. Here, Erica was the winner to be with Woods.
Fixing His Own Problems
As it turns out, Elin wasn’t the only one who realized the need for a change in lifestyle. The press was hot on Tiger’s trail, and they soon found out that he had slept with no less than 100 women during his married life.
With no one else to turn to, Tiger thought it was time to check himself into a rehab center. It was something he had to do for his kids. Now he had his own path of healing to tread.
The Beginning of a New Life
Life was hard, but Elin was dead set on getting past her own trauma. It was the beginning of a new life with her kids. With the $100 million that she had, she found a new home to rebuild her family.
But this was not just any other home. She found an old mansion close to the beach and had it rebuilt from scratch. As a practical woman, any item she could salvage from the place was donated to charitable institutions.
A House for a New Beginning
Elin’s new living spaces cost her $12 million. This was an easy feat to purchase, considering the money she got from the divorce. In total, the house had 6 bedrooms. And that’s not all – it occupied 9,000 square feet. There was also a private beach and a staggering 8 bathrooms to boot!
The whole place was only a few miles from Tiger’s own living quarters. This made it easy for Tiger to see their kids. Still, Elin felt there was something missing. So she made a move to fix that.
A House Made New
It was a great time for Elin to do some rehab of her own. In her case, she used her time and energy to fully renovate her $12 million home. She even went a step further. She had the old one demolished so she could rebuild it from scratch!
She did have the money, after all. And while the place surrounding it was great, the house itself was beginning to show its age. Despite this, she still found a way to help others while helping herself.
To help her with the old items, Elin made a call to the charity ‘Habitat for Humanity’. She thought it was a good way to get the most use of things she didn’t need anymore. She left the group to their devices as they searched around the house for items that could be auctioned for use in their efforts.
It was a generous move on Elin’s part. Not to mention practical. Habitat for Humanity was able to get thousands of dollars in exchange for the items. They would go on to make use of the money to build more houses for the needy of the world.
The Beach Mansion
This wasn’t the only beach mansion that Elin owned. She also bought a San Remo two-bedroom townhouse in 2011. The property was located in San Remo’s Juno beach and cost $1 million.
She then invested some of her money to have it remodeled so she could sell it. And sell it she did. In October 2011, she had the townhouse sold for $2.2 million.
New Home and New Love
A new home wasn’t the only thing that Elin found. She also found a new love. Some months after moving into the house, she got to know her new neighbor. Chris Cline was a powerhouse in the coal mining industry. Reports even suggest he was worth more than $1 billion.
One could say they were a perfect match for each other, considering how much they’re worth. But things were not to last. They did have a few sweet months with each other, but Chris was a busy man. It was either love or business for him, and in the end, he chose business.
A Big Age Difference
People were quick to judge their relationship. For one, at 53, Chris was 2 decades older than Elin was. He seemed more like a sugar daddy than real hubby material!
Still, it didn’t really matter how rich Chris was. Elin was plenty rich herself, so she was not exactly a gold digger like some have claimed.
Was She Heartbroken?
Definitely not. Even after she broke up with Chris Cline, Elin had learned not to let heartbreak get the best of her. She even spent the rest of her time enjoying the beach with some friends in 2015.
Just take a look at this photo of the stunning beauty. When people call Tiger an idiot for letting Elin get away, they sure hit the nail on the head. Things would have been much better for him if he didnstayed faithful to her.
One More Time
Or maybe she just saw where the wind was blowing. Sometime later, the press caught a shot of Elin and Chris hiking at St. Moritz. They looked to be very much in love again.
Just look at this picture of them surrounded by the snowy mountains. They seem to be having a lot of fun in each other’s presence. Both have children from previous marriages, with Chris having two daughters and two sons.
The couple seemed to be comfortable for the press draw their own conclusions about their relationship. They were living in their own brand of paradise, not caring what others thought.
Not much is known about their relationship status, but that’s to be expected. Elin tries to remain out of the spotlight, unlike her ex-husband. What is public knowledge however is that both Elin and Chris live in the same Palm Beach property.
Soaring the Skies for Love
Elin sure gets around, and for good reason. For some, it could take a lot of traveling to find their perfect match. Case in point, this photo of Elin snapped at LAX. At the time, the buzz was that she was hot for Jamie Dingham. And this guy lived in Sweden, of all places.
But that’s how it always is with matters of the heart. You could have a next-door billionaire neighbor like Chris Cline send your heart aflutter. Then again, it was equally possible to find someone half a world away!
Not much could be gleaned about Chris and Elin’s relationship status. But it seems that one went down the drain as well. Just this year, Elin was caught with another famous personage. This time, it was the vocalist of a famous Brit band called Bush, Gavin Rossdale.
But Gavin was known for being Gwen Stefani’s boyfriend. This means that he is also a cheater. Could history be repeating itself?
Did Elin Make a Mistake?
Why would Elin choose to go down the same path as her ex-husband? Would she have wanted Gwen to go through the same ordeal she went through? But reports mentioned that Gavin betrayed Gwen by having an affair with their nanny.
But then, this raises another question. Would Elin want to be in the same position as her ex’s former women? Maybe during those years, some irreparable damage had been done to her. Something no amount of money could ever bring back.
Tiger Gets a New Love
This happened during the time Chris and Elin first got together. Tiger had his own date, and they even went on a double date! This time Tiger got cozy with Lindsey Vonn. To do him some credit, they had been together for three years.
But history repeats itself once again. Tiger ends up sleeping with yet another woman. Of course, that meant he and Lindsey would split up. When will he ever change?
Another Kind of Scandal
Fame never does let up on these kinds of scandals, so maybe the split up wasn’t a bad idea. In 2017, the world was shocked to find nude pictures of them shared online. This was after Lindsey became another victim of celeb scandal hackers.
Tiger promised whoever did it would pay. Still, it was curious to learn that Lindsey still kept copies of the intimate photos. After all, they weren’t an item anymore. Maybe she wanted something to remember him by? Or maybe she just hasn’t gotten over him.
Reuniting with Her First Love
After everything that happened, there was likely no chance for Elin and Tiger to get back together again. But there was one love she kept returning to ever since she came to the US.
Even before she left Sweden, Elin struggled with her studies. But so many things got her busy after she moved. She had all those scandals and the press was hounding her steps. Still, she was able to finish her child psychology course in 2014. Elin had finally graduated.
Speeding Her Way Through Life
Life has not always been fun and games since Elin and Tiger were divorced. Once scandals get a hold of you, it’s hard to break away. In 2017, Elin was caught by traffic police for speeding.
At 60mph, she went at a clip almost double the road’s established 35mph speed limit. Coincidentally, Tiger had been caught on the same road some time ago. Elin was fined $281 and ordered to undertake some lessons in driving awareness.
Getting Away from All the Buzz
Elin has had so much trouble hurled in her way. But the good part of it was she learned a lot of good lessons. She still lives in the US, grateful and more appreciative of love and life.
Of course, she can never forget about what happened between her and Tiger. But at least, she is still friends with him. That was good news for their kids. And who knows? We might just get to see her putting her degree to good use someday.
That Which They Treasure
All things considered, Elin and Tiger have both seen through their own share of troubles. But they found a way to pull through and start their lives anew. They even found a way to reconcile with each other as friends.
That’s thanks to two things they treasure: their son and daughter. Always keeping their welfare in mind, Elin and Tiger found a way to make things work between them.
A Friendship Founded on Love
Tiger was once interviewed about how the two of them maintain their friendship. This time, he made sure there would be no misunderstandings: “It becomes two simple things, OK? We have Sam and we have Charlie. And we love them so much that we are going to whatever it takes to make that work. That’s how it happened.”
But who knows how long it would last? After all, Elin was selling her home along the beach. At $2.2 million, we’d like to think it’s a good sell!
Keeping to Herself
Elin can always expect the press to follow her around. There’s nothing much that can be done about that. When you were once the wife of one of golf’s celebrated legends—and the subject of a high profile divorce—that was to be expected.
But Elin paid no heed to the press and their insinuations. She wants to keep going on under the radar, focusing on her kids and providing the best that she could.
Regretting Their Actions
It was clear that Tiger Woods did not regret what happened between him Elin. But there were at least two people who did. The Parneviks, themselves famous among golfing circles, have remained with Elin through thick and thin.
They even went so far as to claim responsibility for everything Elin went through. And in a way, they were right. Things may have been different if they never let the two meet. But Elin still believes her ex-husband deserves all the blame.
Best Friends Forever?
In the meantime, the public have found other scandals to focus on. Tiger and Elin are no longer our primary focus. However, there are still some things about them that continue to bewilder us.
On a recent episode of Stephen Colbert’s program, Tiger was interviewed on how things were between him, Elin, and their children. He maintained they were “best friends”. It might be a little complicated for the rest of us, but who knows? They seem perfectly fine with it.