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Tiger Woods is a Liar & Elin Nordegren is Classy but Naive

by Ilana Angel

August 26, 2010 | 8:43 am

This week's People cover

The Ex Mrs. Woods gave her first and only interview to People magazine this week.  She says she wants us all to know she did not have any idea her husband was living a double life.  Thanks for telling us, but why talk now?  She has been silent for months, and insists she is private and does not want to be a celebrity, yet is on the cover of a celebrity magazine in a glamour shot, telling us “money can’t buy happiness or put my family back together.”

Even if the estimates are over blown and she only got half of the reported $100 million, that is what is interesting.  We know it was hard, we know she was blindsided, we know he was an idiot, and she should have gotten more.  It would of been refreshing for her to talk about the money.  Not in specific amounts, but to say her life is blessed, beyond “Money doesn’t make you happy, but I have to be honest: It is making some things easier.”

I believe she is heartbroken from what Tiger did to her and their life together.  She is a remarkable mother, and a classy lady.  I think she is naive though, if she thinks we believe money does not make it hurt a little less.  She is young, gorgeous, and rich.  That’s not bad, but she was a nanny, married for a few years, had her heart broken and is now set for life.  It would have been cool if she said something about the financial freedom.

Elin told People magazine:  “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 is living with her two children only a mile away from Tiger, in a gated community where Woods needs permission to pass through.  I don’t know why I like this part so much, but I do.  Have the guard buzz you in douchelord.

Says she got through the past nine months with long walks and therapy. It is crushing and he was a pig who put her life and the lives of her children in jeopardy, but the money helped as much as the walking did. He had unprotected sex, with many women, while having unprotected sex with his wife, and conceiving a child.  I’m thinking he was not asking for medical records from his skanks.  She should have gotten all his money.

Not a lot of women scorned are able to walk away with the ability to never have to worry about money.  Ever.  I like her and think she is lovely, I just feel disappointed that she was not more open.  If you’re going to talk, go big.  We are interested in her side of the story, but it’s the money that is so fascinating.  Women are in court everyday begging for child support and praying they can take care of their kids.  She talks like she is like everyone else, but she’s not.

She makes no mention of how lucky she feels that came out with financial freedom.  She needs to own that she is better off than most women.  She doesn’t owe us anything, I just think it would have been awesome to say it. I think she is classy for how she has handled herself. She has been a lady and set a wonderful example for her kids.  She has never publically said anything bad about Tiger, and keeps her kids connected to their dad.

That takes class, so good for her.  Would she have been as gracious if there was not so much money involved?  Divorce is the crushing of a dream, but don’t sweep your piles of money under the rug, because we know you have it.  She says: “I felt stupid as more things were revealed — how could I not have known anything? The word betrayal isn’t strong enough. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart.  I felt embarrassed for having been so deceived. I felt betrayed by many people around me.”

Maybe Tiger was talented enough to hide his lies from her.  I find it hard to believe however, that she did not suspect.  Only the two of them, and possibly Barbara Walters, will ever know.  I think that interview is coming. Elin said:  “I am now going to do my very best to show them that alone and happy is better than being in a relationship where there is no trust.” Tiger responded to the article with “I wish her the best in everything.”

At the end of the day, I feel for Elin and her children.  Having gone through divorce when my son was very young, it’s hard, but children are resilient. Her heart will heal, she will trust again, and her children will bring her joy.  Good for her that she ended the speculation and spoke for herself.  It’s a sign of healing, and really awesome that she watched the parodies of her life on SNL and South Park, and is willing to admit they were “pretty hysterical”. 

I came away liking her.  It’s a shame she was not able to transition into a private life being completely open about the money, but I wish her well.  I predict she will meet someone great, have some more kids, and eventually get her happily ever after.  Her life is blessed and if she can separate the princes from gold-digging frogs, all will be well.  Stay strong Elin, and keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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