Tiger's ex-wife describes her 'hell'

Nordegren speaks out after divorcing Woods

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Elin Nordegren said she never had an inkling.

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods' ex-wife, is shown on the cover of People magazine. The interview marked her first public comments since she divorced Woods.   Associated Press/People Magazine
Associated Press/People Magazine
Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods' ex-wife, is shown on the cover of People magazine. The interview marked her first public comments since she divorced Woods.

She said she never hit her famous husband with a golf club.

She said she's never felt so sad and devastated, and hopes she never will again.

All this and more from the woman the world has waited to hear from since that Thanksgiving night in November that shattered her marriage and the carefully crafted image of Tiger Woods.

"I've been through hell," Nordegren said in an interview with People magazine released Wednesday, two days after she and Woods were officially divorced. "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 and the couple's children, 3-year-old daughter Sam and 18-month-old son Charlie, have settled a mile from her ex-husband in a rented, five-bedroom house in a gated community in Windermere, Fla. -- where Woods needs her permission to get past the guard. The two are sharing custody of their children.

She credits therapy and long runs with helping her deal with the last nine months, and she also kept a journal of her thoughts and emotions. "I haven't gone back to read what I wrote in December and January; I'm afraid to," she said.

She has not watched "one minute of golf." But she can laugh at things now, calling those Saturday Night Live and South Park parodies of her "pretty hysterical" (though totally untrue).

"She's been amazing," said Mia Parnevik, for whom Nordegren was working as a nanny when she met Woods more than a decade ago. "She has held her head high. ... To go through what she's gone through is not humane."

She is not without scars, though. In the days before the divorce was finalized, Nordegren's long, blonde hair began falling out.

"She's held her head high. She has not caved in," said Parnevik, wife of pro golfer Jesper Parnevik. "She's not said bad things about him, and that's kind of an easy game to get into."

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 08/26/10 - 05:47 am
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She isn't experiencing Hell.

She isn't experiencing Hell. Hell is working a bunch of minimal wage jobs and living in Section 8 housing for survival.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/26/10 - 06:26 am
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Hell is having your trust

Hell is having your trust thrown in your face while proving it was misplaced. Hell is being "dissed" by your spouse and having it splashed on every media source for the world to see.
Hell is having your family destroyed through irresponsibility and narcissism.

working minimum wage jobs and living in section 8 housing is the result of a series of bad choices. Your "hell" can be fixed with a little education and effort.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 08/26/10 - 07:53 am
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I must have been hell

I must have been hell "earning" all of that divorce settlement money.

lois_layne
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lois_layne 08/26/10 - 09:17 am
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Sounds like she is describing

Sounds like she is describing post-partum depression, isolation and frustration with being the mother of two small children.

Who hasn't felt that way? Sure, it's hell, but every mother has been there. Some of us stuck with our husbands, others bailed. It's easy for her to bail in her situation.

jkhndz79
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jkhndz79 08/26/10 - 10:22 am
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I wish I were in that same

I wish I were in that same "hell"...

palmetto1007
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palmetto1007 08/26/10 - 11:51 pm
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She's a predator!!!

She's a predator!!!

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