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Elin Nordegren: I've Been Through Hell

8/25/2010 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Now that the divorce is final, Elin Nordegren is speaking out about the breakdown of her marriage to Tiger Woods -- saying she's "been through hell" and had no idea her husband was stepping out on her.

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Elin tells PEOPLE, "I'm so embarrassed that I never suspected - not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school."

Elin also addressed rumors she attacked Tiger with a golf club the night of his Thanksgiving crash -- saying, "There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous."

She says she and Woods tried to work on their marriage, but "without trust and love," it didn't work.

As for their divorce settlement, Elin says "money can't buy happiness or put my family back together."

Tiger also released a statement to People, saying, “This is a very painful, personal and private time for our family. Throughout this entire time, Elin has shown unwavering concern and support for our children. She is a wonderful mother. I know that the two of us will do everything we can to help our children adjust to this new family situation."

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31.

Rene Syler    

The epitome of grace and class. She deserves every penny.
http://www.goodenoughmother.com/2010/08/the-tiger-woods-divorce/

1338 days ago
32.

lilgrandma     

the sad part is that he let people talk trash of his babies mama.By only thinkin of himself.How selffish boy he is.but goes around will come around n can't wait for the time i read bout him n see how he likes it.She don't deserve to be talked about when he did his crap nomatter what she loved n trusted him n this is the way she got paid n by havin his babies.He is just a DOG!!!!

1338 days ago
33.

Tres    

"Congrats to her and she does deserve every penny she has coming. She was the half of the business that gave him that allure of perfection, it was not just the playing golf. For those that call her a "gold digger', don't be idiots, he would not have reached the fame and wealth without his beautiful, model looks Northern European wife. "

I BEG YOUR PARDON? TIGER WAS FAMOUS LONG BEFORE ELIN CAME ALONG. TOO BAD HE FELT SO INSECURE HE HAD TO GET THE WHITEST OF WHITE WOMEN TO MAKE HIM FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY. HE'S THE ONE WHO PLAYED GOLF. I DON'T REMEMBER HER SWINGING A CLUB(OTHER THAN TO CHASE HIM DOWN THE DRIVEWAY AND TRY AND KILL HIM). SHE KNEW WHAT HE WAS ABOUT BEFORE SHE MARRIED HIM. DO YOU ALL FORGET THAT HE HAD TO PROMISE HER THAT HE WOULDN'T CHEAT AND HAD HIS GOLF BUDDY VOUCH FOR HIM?

1338 days ago
34.

ladydiinpa    

classy lady, even if she started out as a Nanny...
She was a devoted mother and wife..
Instead of traveling with him, she choose to stay home most of the time during her pregnancies and to be with children after she had them...
he used her staying at home to his advantage, which back fired..
She is not a attention 'ho, one of the reasons I've admired her..she never tried to hog the cameras even when they 1st got married..

1338 days ago
35.

djdeej94    

#1, nobody likes you here. Elin - true class. Tiger never deserved your trust, love, or your loyalty. He has zilch for character. It's terrible the family unit was broken because of his lies. Lies Lies Lies... always lies...

1338 days ago
36.

justicefl    

Now we know who had the confidentiality clause in this divorce settlement. She has nothing to say about Tiger but Tiger has criminal information on her. The trained professional paramedic suspected abuse by her. Thanks to the divorce agreement, her violent behavior will never be revealed. Good Moms & classy Women don't go trashing their children's Dad.

1338 days ago
37.

Heather    

Great, now Elin can get on with her life thanks to $100 million (?) and golf fans can get their fill of Tiger cussing and making a dazzling array of goofy, tortured expressions as his ball sails out-of-bounds.

PGA golf can only exist with personalities people are interested in- like Tiger Woods when he's moaning "oh no Tiger, you dumb @#*%**"- and a British announcer with characteristic understatement. "And Tiger's drive sails into still more unexplored territory of Wisconsin."

1338 days ago
38.

J9    

She is being gracious under the shadow of a nondisclosure/confidentiality agreement. If you believe she had no clue about his behavior you are truly naive beyond reason. She freaked because his behavior was going public, very much like Mrs. Clinton all those years ago. $100 million after only 5 years of marriage with a valid pre-nup is ridiculous and shows just how broken divorce laws are.

1338 days ago
39.

Wow    

I doubt divorce laws had anything to do with it, more than likely he was afraid she could make him look even worse if she told everything. ;)

1338 days ago
40.

drood    

Hey Elin -- How many tens of millions of dollars are you getting out of this? Yeah, sounds like pure hell. Would you have married him if he was poor? I doubt it. Take your payoff and quit whining.

1338 days ago
41.

DONNA    

STOP THE MONEY SHE WILL KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT,,,,, ALL SHE WANTED WAS THE MONEY TO START WITH

1338 days ago
42.

Chris    

Elin is an Angel. She knows that money can't buy happiness. So in next couple of days she is going to give all the money to our soldiers who fought for our country and lost their hands and legs and trying to feed their families with $2,000 per month. Elin you are a classy woman. Do the right thing. Give all the money you squeezed out of this US citizen to the war veterans. Start working for your living from now onwards.

Go Elin!!! Do the right thing!!!

1338 days ago
43.

Teresa    

Elin is such a beautiful person inside and out, feel so bad for her,but that's what you get when you marry a loser. I hope she can find a real man who will love and appreciate her, SHE is a class act, tiger is a moron....

1338 days ago
44.

joanne    

Nunya, I find your comment very disrespectful.It's like your are trying to condone what Tiger did to Elin.So what she was a nanny before she met him.He cheated on her with multiple women over a very long period of time.She deserves every cent that she got.And she is right money cannot buy happiness, because if all she ever wanted was a family with him and for them to be together and raise their children,money will not give her that.

1338 days ago
45.

Scotty G    

Yeah money doesnt buy happines, but Tiger didnt just offer it out, he got the numbers somewhere, right Elin. Since Elin doesnt need money to be happy, her charity should get a big fat check right?!? I think not. Tiger was a sugar daddy and Im sure as he was out getting some, she was counting down the days to where she got hers.

1338 days ago
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