- Tiger Woods reveals him and Elin are close friends.
- The couple endured a public split in 2010 after the golfer’s famous sex scandal.
- Woods is currently recuperating from back surgery.
In a candid interview with Time Magazine, golfing great Tiger Woods surprised us all when he discussed the status of his relationship with ex-wife Elin Nordegren. While many of us expected Elin to have closed the door on the former world number one after he admitted to sleeping with a string of women during their marriage, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.”
After crashing his car into a fire hydrant in 2009, Woods confessed to cheating on Nordegren – whom he married in 2007 in a private wedding in Barbados. The marriage ended in 2010 in a multi-million dollar divorce settlement.
Perhaps the most poignant part of the Time Magazine interview was when Woods discussed the effect of the scandal on their two children, Sam (8) and Charlie (6). According to Woods, he has been open with them on what happened while admitting to the press that his indiscretions were too severe to have any hope of saving his marriage.
“I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, ‘Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes.’ I just want them to understand before they get to Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something. I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story.”
Woods also admitted that golf is no longer the main priority in his life as he recovers from yet another major injury.
“Now to watch my kids and play sports and to grow up and participate, and even teach them how to become better, oh my God, it gives me so much joy. I can’t imagine not being able to do that as I get older,” he said. “My kids are more important to me than anything else in the world.”
Is Tiger Woods finally opening up his heart for the world to see? We hope so.