Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren has stayed out of the spotlight as much as possible since their divorce in 2010 following a very public sex scandal the year prior. Her last public comments were made in an interview with People Magazine in August 2010, so it was only natural that she spoke with the same publication after her graduation from Rollins College — with top honors — on May 10.
Nordegren told People things are “really good” between her and her ex-husband, who only lives 25 minutes away in South Florida. They see each other regularly as they share custody of their two children, daughter Sam (6) and son Charlie (5).
“I have moved on and I am in a good place,” Nordegren says. “My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father.”
As a psychology student, she went through “intensive therapy” at the time and still goes to see her therapist once a week to continue “working on myself.”
“In the beginning, you tamp down the animosity for the kids’ sake,” she says. “I’m not going to deny that I went through the wringer. But I don’t think I doubted we’d end up here. That was always my dream, that the kids can have two loving parents that show respect for each other. And I feel that’s what they have.”
As I mentioned, Nordegren graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Psychology earlier this month — and with a 3.96 GPA, no less. She spoke at the commencement and the main message of her speech was that actions speak louder than words, but she also took soft, subtle jabs about her ex-husband, which reportedly drew cheers from the crowd.
“When I entered my student advisor office in the fall of 2005, I was 25 years old, I had just recently moved to America, I was married without children. Today, nine years later, I’m a proud American, and I have two beautiful children… but I’m no longer married.”
Later in the speech, she referred to her messy breakup with Woods.
“It was right after I had taken Communications and the Media that I was unexpectedly thrust into the media limelight… and I probably should have taken more notes in that class.”
Go, Elin! And good to hear she and Tiger are on good terms — that’s important for the kids.
(Photo by Scott Cook via Rollins College)